Imperialism in the Boer War.

A basic summary of the concept of Imperialism, along with its significance in the Second Boer War. (and Star Wars quotes!)

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`A policy of extending a country's power and influence through diplomacy or military force.'
"We are an Empire ruled by the majority! An Empire ruled
by a new Constitution! An Empire of laws, not of
politicians! An Empire devoted to the preservation of a
just society. Of a safe and secure society! We are an
Empire that will stand for ten thousand years!"
Palpatine[src] (Revenge of the Sith)
`The British Empire' was the name given by imperialists in the late 19th century to Britain's territorial
possessions- the lands they had conquered and claimed. It was meant to create an image of unity and
British Imperialists often made comparisons between their empire and the dead Roman one.
Which is where the word `imperial' comes from- that is, the Latin term `imperius' associated with
power, authority and control.
The main cause for the Boer war was the difference
in political ideologies between the British and the
Boers. The British imperialist sought a
unification of the whole of South Africa under
the British flag- but
South Africa in 1899 was an uneasy mix of Boer
states, the Transvaal and Orange Free State, occupied by Afrikaners, the descendants of
Dutch and French settlers, and the British self-governing colonies of Cape Colony and
Uitlanders (foreigners, mainly English) had been drawn to the Transvaal by the gold rush.
By the 1890s they were paying a considerable amount of tax and demanded equal rights, but
the Afrikaners refused and when the British refused a demand to stop reinforcing their
troops around the Transvaal, war broke out.
In the end, the Afrikaners were subjected to British rule.


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