Monday, November 02, 2009

The Making of Modern Britain

A victim of a British concentration camp.

In 1899 Britain wanted to steal the gold in the Transvaal, a Boer republic in Southern Africa.

In Andrew Marr's the Making of Modern Britain, we are reminded about:

1. The war between the British Empire and the 60,000 farmers of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State: the second Boer War of 1899–1902. (Television: BBC2 Andrew Marr's the ... )

The British rounded up 160,000 women and children and put them into concentration camps.

Around 26,000 Boer women and children died in those camps.

80% of the dead were children under the age of 16.

2. Marr also tells us about the British "science" of eugenics.

Some of the British Imperialists wanted to discourage some of the poorer people from breeding.

This helped to inspire the German Racial Purity Society.

Some might see links between the British Empire and the Third Reich.

Watch the BBC programme here: Andrew Marr's The Making of Modern Britain1. A New Dawn


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Similarity? Apparently the queen is Hitler's niece.

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