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How Fighting EndsA History of Surrender$
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Holger Afflerbach and Hew Strachan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693627

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693627.001.0001

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Surrender in Britain’s Small Colonial Wars of the Nineteenth Century

Surrender in Britain’s Small Colonial Wars of the Nineteenth Century

(p.253) 15 Surrender in Britain’s Small Colonial Wars of the Nineteenth Century
How Fighting Ends

Edward M. Spiers

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Spiers proffers a critique of transcultural theory as applied to British colonial warfare. It argues that all rules of warfare were not abandoned in such wars and that the conditions under which the wars were fought had a greater bearing upon their conduct than racial feelings or the desires for revenge. Surrenders even after or during ferocious conflicts did occur (with massacres as at Isandlwana somewhat exceptional events), and the various belligerents took prisoners. Indeed surrenders served a range of political and deterrent purposes, with the payment of a price by the vanquished being understood as part of colonial interaction prior to the resumption of trade or service in British armies.

Keywords:   British empire, colonial warfare, surrender in African wars, prisoners

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