Mark Weber is a historian and director at the Institute For Historical Review (IHR), who has written extensively on multiple topics, such as Winston Churchill and Bolshevik Revolution.

One of the most significant wars of the 20th century is the (second) Anglo-Boer War (1899 to 1902).


The Second Anglo-Boer War, fought between the British Empire and the independent Boer republics, lasted from 1899 to 1902.

The British sought to annex the Boer republics in order to gain control of diamond and gold mines. The Boers, mostly of Dutch ancestry, resisted and fought fiercely, much to the surprise of the British.

The British used brutal tactics, such as concentration camps, in which women and children were treated terribly.

The Treaty of Vereeniging of 1902 recognised the Boer republics. 

The Boer War marked the real beginning of the twentieth century.

JM Roberts

Comments are closed.