The romance of the veld
This chapter focuses on the connections between South Africa and England, looking particularly to the experience of the South African War of 1899-1902. It looks at the ways in which the War was represented in popular writing (Winston Churchill, Kipling, Conan Doyle), and at how the War came to be remembered in later decades. The second half of the chapter addresses the person of John Buchan, both a high-minded proconsular official of the state, and the author of popular fictions. The chapter closes with a reading of Buchan's Prester John.
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