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How far do these three sources support the proposition that the British dealt brutally with the Boer population in trying to defeat Boer guerrilla fighters?

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Introduction

Study sources P, Q and R How far do these three sources support the proposition that the British dealt brutally with the Boer population in trying to defeat Boer guerrilla fighters? Sources P, Q and R all suggest similar and different ways of how the British dealt with the Boer population in trying to defeat Boer guerrilla fighters. Source P does suggest that the British dealt brutally with the Boer population, whilst source R suggests that the British treated the Boer population as they would treat any other population in any other war and although this treatment may be seen as brutal, Source R suggests that it was highly over exaggerated. Source Q lays somewhere in between these two sources. Although in Source Q the soldier was told to burn down the farms of the Boer people which can be seen as brutal, it doesn't suggest then how the Boer women were treated afterwards, it only says they had to 'deal' with the women, and although this gives the impression of dealing ...read more.

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Source Q could be interpreted in many different ways. In one way source Q suggests that the British did deal brutally with the Boer population in trying to defeat Boer guerilla fighters as the soldier who wrote the source says they had to 'deal' with the women in a way that he found disagreeable. This suggests that they treated the women badly which then would be dealing with the population brutally, however, as the soldier doesn't go into much detail on how they dealt with the women you can't be sure if they were actually dealt with brutally or not. However, from the general tone of this source you do get the impression that the soldier didn't enjoy the work he was ordered to do, this leads you to believe the population must have been treated badly but you can't judge just how badly they were treated to give a justifiable reason on if the treatment was brutal or not. ...read more.

Conclusion

For the treatment of the Boer population to be brutal, it would have to be deliberate and none of the sources give evidence for any treatment of the Boers that wasn't standard procedure for the British army. Although some of the standard procedures for the British army may have seemed brutal, like the scorched land idea, it was normal for the army to treat people like that and wouldn't have been different in any other country or for any other army. There are some suggestions that women were treated badly but there is no substantial evidence for this; it seems as time has gone on a lot of the smaller negative points of the treatment of the Boer population by the British may have been expressed as huge brutal problems when it wasn't really like that and by looking at these sources there is not enough evidence to support the argument that Boers were brutally hurt. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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