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The rational application of compassion?
Relief, reconstruction and disputes over civilian suffering in the Anglo-Boer War, 1899–1902
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This chapter discusses the English visitors to South Africa, examining disputes over Emily Hobhouse's portrayal of abject Boer suffering and some of the ramifications of British efforts at relief and reconstruction at this tumultuous juncture in South African history. Emily Hobhouse, smarting at her exclusion from the government committee, also departed for South Africa, intent on resuming her work for the South African Women's and Children's Distress Fund. The Boer women and children internees of British concentration camps became the subject of considerable investigation and intervention. The three women affiliated to the Friends South African Relief Fund Committee began to report back their impressions of the camps. The years following the Peace of Vereeniging in May 1902 are known as the period of 'reconstruction' in South African history.

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Calculating compassion

Humanity and relief in war, Britain 1870–1914


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