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Britain’s Boer War Shame [video]


The British like to think of themselves as historically very fair and decent. And it’s true that, in most parts of the world, the British Empire was on balance a force for good, with hospitals, railways, sewerage systems and Christianity following in the wake of the British Army and Navy. 

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But while it is right to take pride in British achievements such as leading the worldwide (temporary) abolition of slavery, two great crimes do stain Britain’s 19th century imperial record: The Opium Wars to force China to accept opium imports, and the reasons for and conduct of the Second Boer War, which on 11th October 1899.

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