• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Do you agree with the view that the Second Boer war resulted in imperialism being discredited?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

´╗┐Do you agree with the view that the Second Boer war resulted in imperialism being discredited? Towards the end of the Second Boer war in 1899, people had blamed the failure of the Boer War on imperialism; the policy of extending the rule of authority of an empire to foreign countries. Due to the mistreatment of other countries; which include the human atrocities in South Africa, where the burning of farms took place alongside the use of concentration camps, it became hard to build up a case for Imperialism. However, in Britain there was fierce support for both side, which was shown in the 1900 Khaki Election, where it was proved that a majority of people agreed with the Conservative view on continuing with the war. The linguistic devices used in both sources 4 and 5 create a negative opinions of imperialism, in source 4, the words which are used include ?dragged? and ?discredited?. ...read more.

Middle

While source 6 disagrees with source 4, the sacrifices in connection with the war were not that great. The use of long and short sentences in source 6 indicated the use of opinions, which is deemed right because the source is a speech. The source accentuates that imperialism was not discredited because of the outcome of the war. Nonetheless the reason behind Sir John French saying this is ?masked? is due to the nature of the source. It is a speech at the time from a senior officer who actually served in South Africa. Although he was a witness in South Africa there was little chance of him swaying the public opinion back in Britain. However, we can use this source as an indicator of a serving officer in the Boer War, but this opinion cannot account for the rest Britain?s population; during this time period women were unable to vote up until 1918 and a percentage of lower class men didn?t vote at all, so the view point is mainly that of the upper class. ...read more.

Conclusion

to do with the war were too great? which suggests that the casualty rate was expected and was neither bad nor good. He also uses repetition of ?Empire? to create a positive emphasis about the war and the Empire, this emphasis is subliminal and not direct so that Sir John French wants to convey a positive message about the Empire. In conclusion, I don?t agree that that the Second Boer War resulted in Imperialism being discredited due to the outcome of the Khaki Election which clearly showed the public?s view of the war. During the aftermath of the War, Britain was able to benefit economically; and soon used South Africa as an port and profited from its diamonds. This brought long term prosperity after the short term grief of the dead count and the overall embarrassment of losing some key battles like ?Spion Kop? which saw the most men killed in the shortest area in any battle ever fought. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Historical Periods section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Historical Periods essays

  1. In this essay, I shall use primary sources to measure the short term significance ...

    Lewis and Clark carried out their instructions to the letter. They came back with detailed knowledge of geography, botany, zoology, cartography and ethnography which had an immediate short term significance in the increase of knowledge. They lay claim to the lands they crossed and established their sovereignty over Indian tribes.

  2. To What Extent Was The South African War (1899 - 1902) A Capitalist War

    as South Africa's most profitable export. The enormous strength of the Transvaal economy through the pre-existing diamond mines, fledgling gold fields and the discovery of coal caused a dramatic shift of power away from the British-held Cape, to the Afrikaner north. However, this prodigious amassing of economic and political power towards the Boer-held Transvaal, it could

  1. Explain the factors which attracted European imperialism either to Africa or to Asia in ...

    in Southern Africa with their territories in East Africa, and these two areas with the Nile basin. Sudan was obviously key to the fulfillment of these ambitions, especially since Egypt was already under British control. This 'red line' through Africa is made most famous by Cecil Rhodes, who along with

  2. What was the short term significance of the Amritsar Massacre?

    The debate on the treatment of Dyer shows that some British people opposed Dyer. Montague was one of them, and he criticized Dyer for his racism which had violated the 'principles upon which our Indian empire had been built21. Churchill declared to the House of Commons that the Massacre was

  1. Examine the view that the US failure in Vietnam resulted more from losing the ...

    Johnson usually tried to avoid targeting non-combatants; however this was difficult as they never knew who their enemies were. However, due to the Americans fighting a Comfortable war, the soldiers became unmotivated and ineffective. American army officers were less experienced than some soldiers he commanded and unpopular officers were shot.

  2. The First English Civil War

    North of the Tees, Newcastle, a great territorial magnate, was raising troops and supplies for the King, while Queen Henrietta Maria was busy in Holland, arranging for the importation of war material and money. In Yorkshire, opinion was divided, the royal cause being strongest in York and the North Riding,

  1. Assess the importance of humanitarian and missionary activity in creating a larger African Empire ...

    However, humanitarian and missionary motives were of small importance in the expansion of a greater British Empire in Africa, this was shown when Sir David Livingstone was sent home after it was deemed his results were unimpressive despite converting many people into Christianity.

  2. Do you agree with the view that it was largely as a result of ...

    the arrival of Florence Nightingale and her nurses...? This source is in favour of the statement, and from my own knowledge I am aware that Nightingale carried out some reforms and challenged the poor management.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work