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Queen Victoria's Little Wars (Paperback)

Reference Women of History Military

By Byron Farwell
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781848840157
Published: 20th August 2009
Last Released: 27th February 2017

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This is the story of what Rudyard Kipling called 'the savage wars of peace'. Throughout Queen Victoria's long reign there was not a single year in which, somewhere in the world, British soldiers were not fighting for her and her Empire. It tells the fascinating story of the little known and extraordinary small wars, and of the men who fought them.

These wars were the price on Empire, of world leadership and of national pride, and it was usually paid without qualms or regret; continuous warfare became an accepted way of life in the Victorian era, and in the process, the British Empire quadrupled in size. But, engrossing as these small wars are - and they bristle with bizarre, tragic and humorous incident - it is the officers and men who fought them that dominate the book. With their courage, foolhardiness and eccentricities, they are an unforgettable lot.

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars was originally published in 1973, and has like those little wars become a forgotten book, and it is good to see this recent publication, bringing an excellent historical account back in to print, well done Pen and Sword.

Paul Diggett

About Byron Farwell

Byron Farwell served as an officer in the North African and Italian campaigns in World War II and also in the Korean War He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1964.

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