Category Archives: British History

Words of endurance: Memoirs of an Infantry Officer

This is one of a series about memoirs, novels, and poems authored by combatants of the First World War. All page numbers below refer to Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of an Infantry Officer.┬áNew York: Penguin Classics, 2013. Embedded within the pages … Continue reading

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Words of endurance: Poems of Wilfred Owen

This is one of a series about memoirs, novels, and poems authored by combatants of the First World War. This is a short selection of poems by Wilfred Owen, who served as second lieutenant in the 2nd Manchesters. After suffering … Continue reading

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Words of endurance: A Passionate Prodigality

This is one of a series about memoirs, novels, and poems authored by combatants of the First World War. All page numbers shown below refer to Guy Chapman, A Passionate Prodigality: Fragments of Autobiography. Fawcett Crest Books: Greenwich, CT, 1966. … Continue reading

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Union Jack at Fort Salisbury

This is the eighth installment in a series about Rhodesia. It concludes this portion of the series. We will leave Rhodesia for a while to explore other topics, but we will return to the subject to cover the Matabele Wars … Continue reading

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The friendly Dr. Jim

This is the seventh installment in a series about Rhodesia. The party of Royal Horse Guards in their dashing uniforms had brought the Queen’s message to Lobengula: the “wisest and safest course” for him was to carry out his agreement … Continue reading

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The betrayal of Lobengula

This is the sixth installment in a series about Rhodesia. Lobengula had investigated the white concessionaires and the missionaries, and determined that the Rudd concession was a fraud. Its sole purpose was to deceive him into giving away his country. … Continue reading

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From Bulawayo to London

This is the fifth installment of a series about Rhodesia. Lobengula’s envoys and the two white men who accompanied them, Maund and Colenbrander, arrived in Southampton early March, 1889. Babayane and Mshete wore western-style hats and three-piece suits, not any … Continue reading

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Repercussions of the Rudd concession

This is the fourth installment of a series about Rhodesia. When Lobengula first put his mark to the Rudd document, he must have felt satisfied. He’d finally solved his problem of dealing with the swarms of white petitioners who came … Continue reading

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Cecil Rhodes and British expansionism

This is the first of a series about Rhodesia. “I contend that we are the first race in the world, and that the more of the world we inhabit the better off it is for the human race.”*—Cecil Rhodes It … Continue reading

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