Popular Enthusiasm to the Boer War Essay

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Popular enthusiasm for the Second Boer War Britain really did rule the waves throughout the 1900 century. By the start of the Second Boer War, Britain controlled a quarter of the Earth’s land surface, largely controlled the Earth’s oceans with her vast fleet and London was the finical capital of the world. The second Boer War started with huge popular enthusiasm, in fact the patriotic fervour reached a climax with the news of the Relief of Mafeking in May 1900. Nevertheless, the tide was about to turn. Towards the end of the war however, people had problems with supporting the war when there was national problems which should be dealt with instead of the war. The horrible situation in Britain by 1902 was reflected in economy, health, education and poverty problems. This was the focus of the Liberal party, and they therefore got increasingly popular. Firstly, the motive of the war is the main reason for why one may argue that the popular enthusiasm did decline as a result of the Boer War. Imperialism was seen as more and more capitalism. The fact that Britain did not fight for patriotic reasons like protecting her Empire and bringing the torch of civilisation, became very unpopular among the British public. The motive of the war was gold; it was all due to financial reasons. It was also a war on behalf of the rich mine owners and it cost as much as £200 million and over 20,000 British lives. The British people therefore began to question whether or not the war had all been worth it. Furthermore, the fact that pro-Boer meetings were highly attended, is evidence of the fact that Imperialism lost prestige because of the war. In other words, the British people found the war morally wrong. At the pro-Boer meeting in Birmingham in 1901, leaded by the Liberal Lloyd George, Lloyd George claimed that it was not worth spending a huge amount of money and soldiers to

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