A notes sheet to help as level pupils understand the causes of the second boer war i teach edexcel as history unit 2 c1 - the experience of warfare in britain i have added the questions that i used with this. The boer war started when britain annexed parts of south africa held by dutch farmers in 1877 the region, called the south african republic, or the transvaal republic, revolted in 1880 boer is the dutch and afrikaans word for farmer the british wanted to form and rule a confederation of south.
The great boer war chapter 1 the boer nations take a community of dutchmen of the type of those who defended themselves for fifty years against all the power of spain at a time when spain was the greatest power in the world.
Causes of the war the first anglo-boer is also known as the first transvaal war of independence because the conflict arose between the british colonizers and the boers from the transvaal republic or zuid-afrikaansche republiek (zar) the boers had some help from their neighbours in the orange free state. Like most wars in south africa, the second boer war (also referred to locally as the boer biltong battle anthology) started when east south africa declared itself the sole maker and keeper of the biltong west south africa did not take kindly to this hence the escalation of violence.
Boer war past paper qs january 2010 (b) (ii) use sources 7, 8 and 9 and your own knowledge do you agree with the view that the second boer war advanced the cause of social reform in britain explain your answer, using sources 4, 5 and 6 and your own knowledge (40) source 4. Upon the outbreak of the first boer war, the boer commandos – as had been their custom in the wars against the black communities – lay siege to the british garrisons in the towns of potchefstroom, pretoria, rustenburg, standerton and marabastad near pietersburg, in an attempt to starve them into submission. Causes of the boer war 1 what does ‘empire’ mean 2 in what part of the world did the boer wars take place 3 what does the dutch word ‘boer’ mean 4 in what years did the first boer war take place 5 explain how the dutch had come to settle in south africa 6 explain how the british had come to settle in south africa 7. The second boer war (11 october 1899 – 31 may 1902) was fought between the british empire and two boer states, the south african republic (republic of transvaal) and the orange free state, over the empire's influence in south africa.