I ’listed at home for a lancer,
Oh who would not sleep with the brave?
I ’listed at home for a lancer
To ride on a horse to my grave.
A. E. HOUSMAN
God of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle-line,
Beneath whose awful Hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!
The fate of South Africa is a clear exception to the general proposition that the major changes that took place in continents outside Europe in the sixty years after Fashoda were determined by events inside Europe. The struggle in South Africa that developed after the Jameson Raid and culminated in the Boer War arose almost exclusively out of the deepening quarrel between British South Africans and Afrikaner South Africans. It remained a conflict domestic to the British Empire, however, because whereas the government at Westminster was able, though at tremendous cost, to support British South Africans, no other state in the world had the power to support the Afrikaners.
The economic domination of South Africa by Kruger’s Republic had become a fact before the Jameson Raid; but the raid, and the whitewashing of the British Colonial Office, and