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The armed conflict between Britain and the two Boer republics of Transvaal and Orange Free State in South Africa often called the Boer War began on 11 October 1899 and ceased on 31 May 1902 Depending on ones point of view and point in time this war is also known as the Boer Insurrection Second Anglo-Boer War Second War for Freedom South African War Second South African War Boer War II or English War At the time of The New Age it also was called the last gentlemans war and a white mans war By whatever name this was Englands last great colonial conflict and an important precursor for its participation in World War I Britons still argue about what went wrong in its execution even though they were ultimately victorious Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who experienced the war as a volunteer doctor wrote that its events stirred the minds of our people more than anything since the Indian Mutiny and humiliated our arms as they have not been humiliated in this nineteenth century Conan Doyle 21 The fact that some 450000 British and Empire troops were needed to defeat a population of half that size of whom only a fraction 50000 were in arms as part-time soldiers put England on notice about its state of military preparedness For the defeated South Africans the war has remained a rallying point for nationalistic sentiment The centenary of this conflict has prompted new considerations of the wars causes results and implications for the British Empire These studies indicate that the conflict was in fact a civil war that involved the entire population across the length and breadth of South Africa and caused fissures in the Afrikaner and African societies People of color fought on all sides sometimes under duress and sometimes from conviction and suffered Diamonds and gold played large roles in the conflicts beginnings along with race nationalism and international power politics --
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