Report on Stellenbosch & other bits

A huge thanks to Ian van der Waag for his hospitality (beyond the call of duty) and for organising an excellent Great War in Africa conference. It was a wonderful opportunity to share ideas and broaden our knowledge of the various campaigns and other related aspects.

Oswald Masebo from Tanzania shares his discoveries of World War 1 in south-east Tanzania in the article
The African soldiers dragged into Europe’s war – more than one million people died in East Africa during World War One – some soldiers were forced to fight members of their own families
and in voice

Books
Michelle Moyd’s book Violent intermediaries is now available. It’s a good, interesting read and a review will soon be available.

Ed Yorke’s new book Britain, Northern Rhodesia and the First World War: Forgotten Colonial Crisis is soon to be available from Palgrave Macmillan

There are some books for sale through the GWAA – most of which are on behalf of members. Please get in touch if you are looking for a copy or have copies to sell.

If you’ve reviewed a book on the campaigns in East Africa, please share the link.
Recent reviews I’ve done are:
Tim Couzens – The Great Silence
Bill Nasson – World War 1 and the people of South Africa
James Stejskal – Horns of the Beast
Floris van der Merwe – Sporting Soldiers

Reviews are due out on Michelle Moyd’s Violent Intermediaries, Duncan McGregor’s World War 1 in Namibia, and Adam Cruise’s Louis Botha’s War. Watch this space.

Calls for papers
As usual, these are posted on the forum with dates for conferences, exhibitions etc noted on the calendar.

Author: Anne

Publications: Britain, South Africa and the East Africa Campaign 1914-1918: the Union comes of age (IB Tauris, 2005) World War I in Africa: The Forgotten Conflict Among the European Powers (International Library of Twentieth Century History; IB Tauris, 2013) I am a London-based South African historian working on British and South African relations over Africa from 1910 onwards. My main focus to date has been the First World War although I am also working on later periods. In technical terms, I would be classified as a geo-political and war historian as opposed to a military expert. My overarching interest is British and South African relations over Africa from Union until 1994 and have done some work on South Africa’s ‘non-war’ in Angola in the 1970s-1990s as well as starting on WW2. The main focus of my work is trying to understand what it was all for (interlinking of politics and reality as well as remembrance). All my history work is done as an Independent Scholar at present not affiliated to any university (although I work for 2 – in other faculties). I’ve done this purposefully to keep my independence in terms of interest and focus. My husband, John, and I have travelled quite a bit of Tanzania as I also volunteer as an education adviser for an education charity in the Kilimanjaro area of Tanzania. Amongst other things, we’ve “done” Liemba and visited Tanga, Mikindani, Abercorn, Chembeshi and southern Malawi. John’s interest in East Africa is seeing the countryside and wildlife and taking photos – thank goodness all those battlefields are in reserves! – so we can combine our interests.

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