• 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

´╗┐Daniel Sinclair (Ra) Do you agree with the view that the Second Boer War resulted in Imperialism being discredited? At the end of the Boer War in 1899, people had to blame the general failure of the Boer War on a scapegoat. In my opinion, that scapegoat was imperialism; the policy of extending the rule of authority of an empire to foreign countries. People could blame the empire because there were few that could argue differently and human atrocities in South Africa like the burning of farms and the introduction of concentration camps, could only build up a case against Imperialism. In Britain there was fierce support for both sides, the Khaki Election in1900 proved that a number of people agreed with the Conservative view on continuing the war. Both sources 4 and 5 use linguistic devices to signpost an inferred negative opinion of imperialism. In source 4 the words used include ?dragged? ?disenchanted? and ?discredited? which we can infer directly links in with the title, that this source is trying to place a negative slant on Imperialism. ...read more.

Middle

However the reason behind Sir John French saying this is ?masked? because of the nature of the source, it is a speech at the time from a senior officer who served in South Africa. Even though he was a witness in South Africa he couldn?t have gauged the public?s view back in Britain. We can use this view as an indicator of a serving officer in the Boer War but like the Khaki Election of 1900 this cannot account for the opinion of the whole population because at this time women couldn?t vote until 1918 and many lower class men didn?t vote as well so the viewpoint is from the upper classes only. Both source 5 and 6 are directly influenced by their writers. In source 5 Nicolas Owen writes ?In his 1902 work, Imperialism: a New Study, J.A Hobson argued...? He is uses the ideas of a well known communist writer at the time to suggest his ideas. This decreases the reliability of the source because a communist would be directly against the Empire and its rulers so this is not an effective indicator of the overall feeling towards public opinion. ...read more.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I don?t agree that that the Second Boer War resulted in Imperialism being discredited because of the Khaki Election which clearly showed the publics view of the war. Although at the time the majority of who voted would have been upper class, the fact that David Lloyd George was a Liberal politician gave an anti-war speech in Birmingham in December 1901 and a riot occurred. The consequence of this was Lloyd George had to get out as tensions were running high. This is a classic example of the lower classes voicing there opinion in support of the war. Also in the aftermath of the war Britain were able to have the economic benefit that they desired and used South Africa as an important 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 Modern European History, 1789-1945 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 Modern European History, 1789-1945 essays

  1. Within the context of the period 1869-1914, to what extent was the British take-over ...

    Unlike in South Africa where he had only played a complimentary role, he masterminded the takeover operation of the Matabele land and thus created the new country from scratch. Quite a unique occurrence from his perspective and indeed the country's considering no other single person has singly co-ordinated a country's takeover before.

  2. Vietnam war

    When bombing raids started the North Viet people and enterprises were evacuated from cities and went underground. The bombing of transport routes like the Ho Chi Minh Trail were also ineffective as they were immediately repaired by many available workers.

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