The Rescue They Called a Raid

The Jameson Raid 1895-96

David Snape

Almost one hundred and twenty five years ago, a Scottish adventurer attempted to expand the British Empire in South Africa with the backing of a mere 500 men. He was part of a conspiracy of entrepreneurs, gold magnates and politicians, each of whom had different motives for supporting and encouraging his actions. Leander Starr Jameson's Raid failed
Date Published :
June 2020
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Series :
From Musket to Maxim 1815-1914
Illustration :
10 b/w ills, 2 lists & 2 maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781913118778
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
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Overview
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Almost one hundred and twenty five years ago, a Scottish adventurer attempted to expand the British Empire in South Africa with the backing of a mere 500 men. He was part of a conspiracy of entrepreneurs, gold magnates and politicians, each of whom had different motives for supporting and encouraging his actions. Leander Starr Jameson’s Raid failed miserably. It almost brought down the British Government, destroyed the career of one of the most eminent South African Statesmen, nearly caused a war with the South African Republic and exposed Britain to international ridicule. It was a failed attempt to expand the Empire on the cheap.

This book, using a number of contemporary sources, examines the motives for Jameson’s actions, the reasons for the Raid’s failure and its consequences for those involved. It attempts to answer the extent of the involvement of the British Colonial Office and its Secretary of State, Joseph Chamberlain and how he, Cecil Rhodes, Paul Kruger and Jameson worked for their own and their countries best interests which were not necessarily one in the same.It also considers the part played by the dignitaries in Johannesburg and the consequences of their lukewarm support of Dr Jameson.

The book contains a detailed examination of the two Inquiries which were held as a result of the Raid and a blow by blow account of the evidence given by their many witnesses. Reactions in the British Parliament and the fate of the Raiders are particular features of this work,as is how the actions of those swept up in the plans of the key players were to affect their future careers.

About The Author
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David Snape spent almost 40 years in Education during which he occupied a number of senior posts. He was a Head Teacher of two secondary schools, a Chief Examiner, a School Adviser and worked for a Local Education Authority. On his retirement he pursued his lifelong interest in Military History at a more formal level by taking two M.A. degrees at the University of Wolverhampton. In 2017, he was awarded the prize for best performing postgraduate student in History, Politics and War Studies for his work on the Indian Army in the First World War. A regular contributor to the Victorian Military History Society’s magazine, Soldiers of the Queen he was awarded the Society’s Howard Browne Medal in 2019 for an assessment of Kitchener’s Indian Army reforms. David is a keen Freemason and currently Chair of Governors of a local primary school. He belongs to a small group of Helion’s writers with a shared interests in the Indian Army which is known as the ‘Curry Club’. He and his wife live in Northamptonshire and he has a daughter and granddaughter; all of whom have supported his interest in research.

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