Border conflicts in a German African colony : Jakob Morengo and the untold tragedy of Edward Presgrave
- Curson, Peter.
- Bury St. Edmunds : Arena, 2012.
- Physical description
- 208 p.,  p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-208).
- Acknowledgements - 10-- List of Figures - 12-- List of Tables - 13-- List of Illustrations - 13-- Introduction - 15-- Chapter 1 - A Young Australian's War - 23-- Chapter 2 - Germany's South West African Colony 32-- Chapter 3 - A policy Based on the Sword - The War in the South 1903-07 40-- Chapter 4 - Hide and Seek - A Hero's War 54-- Chapter 5- Abandon All Hope, You Who Enter! -The Graveyard of the Peace 69-- Chapter 6- The View from Afar - Popular Culture, Public Awareness and the Reichstag Debates in Germany 99-- Chapter 7 - Life in the Borderlands - the Turbulent Frontier 1903-07 112-- Chapter 8- Into the Battle Zone - Narudas, Leukop and Narus 136-- Chapter 9- Wilful Murder - September 28th 1905 145-- Chapter 10-Legitimate Target or Unjustifiable Act 154-- Chapter 11- Hidden Truths 169-- Chapter 12- A Colonial Tragedy 176-- Illustrations: Sources & Permissions 189-- Bibliography/Archival material/Contemporary newspapers/Other publisher sources 190.
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- Publisher's Summary
- The story of a young Australian adventurer, Edward Presgrave, who enlisted in an irregular unit in the Boer War and stayed on in the Northern part of the Cape Colony to fight alongside Jakob Morengo and the Nama peoples in their epic guerrilla war against the Germans in German Southwest Africa, or present day Namibia. It records the adventure, sacrifice, deception and betrayal touching on major themes dominating the history of Southern Africa in the early years of the 20th century. The book vividly describes the Herero and Nama rebellions against the Germans in the years 1903-1907, and the shattering aftermath of concentration, death and work camps and the German policy of genocide. It also details the full cost of the war in human terms to both the Herero and Nama peoples as well as to the German occupiers. Little was known about Edward Presgrave until the present author engaged in his long and painstaking research through a host of differing sources, and the tracing of family contacts. On reconstructing the real events of what really happened during those years of hidden imperial conflict between the major powers, the author uncovers the attempts of their governments to conceal what might have resulted in public controversy and the undermining of international relations. There is an investigation of the social, economic and political aspects of life in German Southwest Africa as well as life along the German/Cape Colony border with its gun running, cattle raiding and support for the rebels. It discusses German public opinion of their colony in Southern Africa and the debates the Herero and Nama rebellions engendered in The Reichstag.
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- Publication date
- Peter Curson.