Tells all the old stories of imperial heroism con brio Noel Annan, New York Review of Books From 1837 to 1901, in Asia, China, Canada, Africa, and elsewhere, military expedition were constantly being undertaken to protect resident Britons or British interests, to extend a frontier, to repel an attack, avenge an insult, or suppress a mutiny or rebellion Continuous warfare became an accepted way of life in the Victorian era, and in the process the size of the British Empire quadrupled But engrossing as these small wars are and they bristle with bizarre, tragic, and often humorous incident it is the officers and men who fought them that dominate this book With their courage, foolhardiness, and eccentricities, they are an unforgettable lot....
|Title||:||Queen Victoria's Little Wars|
|Publisher||:||W W Norton Reprint edition June 17, 1985|
|Number of Pages||:||432 pages|
|File Size||:||599 KB|
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Queen Victoria's Little Wars Reviews
This is a fine history book, informative and easy to read. There's good coverage of the period of Victorian colonial expansion, when Britain found itself drawn into numerous small conflicts and transformed into a worldwide empire. The empire's blunders, of which there are many, are given space too; Farwell is pretty objective in his narration. But I came away with an appreciation for the overall professionalism with which British overseas colonies were managed.
This is an extraordinarily interesting little book. I'd always known that England produced many incredibly hardy, intrepid and adventurous individuals - mostly men, but some women (like Gertrude Bell) - but this book highlights the exploits of many I'd never heard of. It is a captivating book, well written and engrossing throughout. I'd read it years before, and recently ordered it as a gift to a dear friend who has traveled extensively throughout the world, often in wild and unforgiving territories. I cannot recommend this book too highly!
This extremely well-written book tells the reader, in somewhat condensed form, about the various wars, excursions, etc., that happened during the long reign of Queen Victoria. I don't think that it's completely comprehensive, because to even say a little about each event would mean this book would be three or four times its length. The author hits the "highlights" (if you will), and the reader who is interested in further in-depth resarch can do it on his or her own. There are a plethora of books about the various actions of Imperial Britain during the 19th century, but this one short book gives the reader guidance for them. It's a book that contains much savagery, but there is a touch of humor also, which relieves the almost constant tension. There are also thumbnail biographies of the most important personages of the times, which are quite helpful. This is an excellent short book on the apex of the British Empire.
Easy to read history on a fantastic topic.
A good introductory text on some of the issues and campaigns during Victoria's reign.
I had never heard of most of these wars and I read a lot of military history. The actions in Afghanistan in the 1800s sure sound the same as today or the 10 year invasion by the Russians in the late 70s ("The Soviet-Afghan War").
This is a fascinating book, and will be enjoyed both by students of the Victorian era military, as well as casual readers of history in general. What binds the various mutinies/insurrections/battles/etc. that cover the sixty years of the widest span of British imperialism is the superb writing style of Mr. Farwell, who has a sense of humor and irony, and looks at each conflict from the standpoint of the British army and the government (and royal) policies that directed it, as well as that of its native protagonists, the vast majority of whom simply wanted to govern themselves without foreign influence. The bravery of both sides is noted, and although the British were outmanned in most of these theaters of conflict, the assets that saw them through time and time again was the esprit de corps of its troops and the leadership of its generals. Those generals that didn't quite make the grade are duly noted and criticized. Even if you are familiar with some of the events in this book, it is still recommended for the continuity of characters and British character that Mr. Farwell brings to each chapter. I couldn't put it down.
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