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Emily Hobhouse

Author : Emily Hobhouse
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Emily Hobhouse

Author : Emily Hobhouse
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The famous tend to become slotted into cliche. This has been the fate of Emily Hobhouse, an Englishwoman by turns reviled and revered for her controversial humanitarian role in the concentration camps of the Anglo-Boer War. These spirited, on-the-spot letters selected by herself span not only her well-known work in the camps, but her forceful and imaginative role in the ruined former republics after the war. They rescue the woman from the myth. And what a woman She is seen against an unforgettable backdrop of war-time civilian experience. While the letters are eminently readable in themselves -- one comes to regret that Miss Hobhouse destroyed the only novel she ever wrote -- they ring with persistent historical parallels that will not escape the politically aware contemporary reader. The letters are liberally annotated and the notes and appendices constitute a treasure trove of quotations, anecdote and sidelight: a browser's delight. There is a generous photographic section, highlighting various phases of Emily Hobhouse's life and her South African years.

Boer War Letters

Author : Emily Hobhouse
ISBN : STANFORD:36105039982504
Genre : South African War, 1899-1902
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To Love One S Enemies

Author : Jennifer Hobhouse Balme
ISBN : 9783838263410
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Emily Hobhouse, 1860-1926, was one of the first great women of the twentieth century. She was a feminist, a pacifist and an internationalist, and above all a humanitarian. She worked tirelessly for the disadvantaged and, in the case of the South African women and children who were herded into concentration camps by Lord Kitchener, was relentless in expound¬ing their cause. This took great courage. She was deported from Cape Town, and was unable to get legal redress. Emily Hobhouse's young life was spent in a tiny village in east Cornwall where her father was Rector and it was only when he died that she was able to expand her horizons. She was 35 and untrained. She went to Minnesota, USA, to do welfare work for Cornish miners and formed an unfortunate relationship with a man who became Mayor of the town. They planned to marry and live in Mexico. Emily spent a trying time until the engagement was broken off just before the Boer War started. After the war she travelled through the ravaged areas of South Africa and devised a successful scheme of home industries for young girls on isolated farms. Illness forced her to seek refuge in Italy where she remained almost to the beginning of World War I, and began her famous corre-spondence first with J.C. Smuts and then with Isabel Steyn. Her comments on the events of the day show unusual foresight. She was loved by the people of South Africa and admired by those like Mahatma Gandhi who asked for her help. She was a bit of a painter, a writer and an entertainer, and in spite of ill-health travelled easily between countries, even in the midst of the first World War when she went to Germany, and hoped to obtain peace. Returning to Europe after that war Emily Hobhouse put into a place a number of schemes to help the impoverished, but the cry of the children of Leipzig won her particular sympathy, and with the help of the Save the Children Fund and later the South Africans she devised a feeding scheme for them. The South Africans so admired her that they clubbed together to buy her a little house in Cornwall, at St. Ives. Later Emily moved to London where she died, 8th June 1926. Her remains were cremated and the ashes buried at the foot of the memorial for the women and children who died in the Anglo Boer War for whom she had worked so hard. This book contains an outline of Emily Hobhouse's life and work including much new material; official and un-official records of the Concentration Camps set up by Lord Kitchener in the Anglo Boer War; many letters, and correspondence with J.C. Smuts and Isabel Steyn, wife of the ex-President of the Orange Free State.

Emily Hobhouse And The Reports On The Concentration Camps During The Boer War 1899 1902

Author : Birgit Seibold
ISBN : 9783838203201
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The black spot—the one very black spot—in the picture is the frightful mortality in the Concentration Camps. I entirely agree with you in thinking, that while a hundred explanations may be offered and a hundred excuses made, they do not really amount to any adequate defence. I should much prefer to say at once, so far as the Civil authorities are concerned, that we were suddenly confronted with a problem not of our making, with which it was beyond our power properly to grapple. And no doubt its vastness was not realised soon enough. It was not till six weeks or two months ago that it dawned on me personally, (I cannot speak for others), that the enormous mortality was not merely incidental to the first formation of the camps and the sudden inrush of thousands of people already sick and starving, but was going to continue. The fact that it continues, is no doubt a condemnation of the Camp system. The whole thing, I think now, has been a mistake.Alfred Milner to Joseph Chamberlain, December 7th, 1901The British scorched earth policy during the last phase of the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 led to the burning of farms, the destruction of homesteads, harvests and livestock and to the internment of the civil population in the so-called concentration camps. There, people—mainly women and children—died of malnutrition and diseases such as measles, pneumonia and typhoid. The death rate in the camps was so high—nearly 28,000 white Boers succumbed—that the English population, renowned for its gallantry and chivalry, was consternated. Lloyd George blamed his government for its policy of extermination, Campbell-Bannerman spoke of methods of barbarism, and philanthropic institutions protested, led by Emily Hobhouse, who was the first civilian to investigate the conditions of the camps. The government reacted and sent a ladies' commission under the leadership of Millicent Garrett Fawcett to South Africa.Birgit Seibold's study is the first to compare the 'inofficial' and the official report on the camps and to give an insight into conditions in each of the thirty-three white concentration camps. Based on first-hand research among the Hobhouse manuscripts, this book is both scholarly and compulsively readable.

The Brunt Of The War And Where It Fell

Author : Emily Hobhouse
ISBN : HARVARD:32044009527425
Genre : South African War, 1899-1902
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The Compassionate Englishwoman

Author : Robert Eales
ISBN : 0992527627
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"In 1890s London, the upper class Emily Hobhouse hears that women and children caught in the Boer War are having a difficult time. Concerned, she goes to South Africa ... to investigate and assist. ... [W]hat she finds is disturbing. The British Army is clearing the land and herding hundreds of thousands of people into concentration camps where the conditions are putting their lives at risk. She urges the local authorities to provide better care and support - to no avail. Deeply concerned, she returns to Britain to plead that immediate action be taken. ... She is received with studied indifference by the government and is attacked in the press. Eventually her work saves many lives, but not before tens of thousands have died. ... Though she focussed on a humanitarian cause, her heroic mission could unwittingly have brought down the British government, and her story was smothered. In this book her courageous and inspirational work is once again brought to life."--Back cover.

Emily Hobhouse

Author : Elsabé Brits
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Emily Hobhouse

Author : Elsabé Brits
ISBN : 9781472140906
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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It is perhaps understandable that Emily Hobhouse has not to date received the recognition she deserves in her own country, given that she found herself on the wrong side of the kinds of stories that national histories like to tell - opposing British internment camps during the war against the Boers in southern Africa and as a pacifist during the First World War - but it is high time, in 2018, that the contribution of this remarkable Englishwoman was rediscovered. Author Elsabé Brits travelled in Emily Hobhouse's footsteps, retracing her inspirational, often astonishing story. In the home of the granddaughter of Emily's younger brother, Jennifer Hobhouse Balme, in Canada, Brits found not just Emily's scrap books and numerous letters, but also her diaries, of which she had been unaware, to add to Emily's draft autobiography that Elsabé had found in a South African archive. With these revealing new sources, Brits brings to life a colourful story of war, heroism and passion, spanning three continents. Brits tells the story of an extraordinary Englishwoman and her lifelong fight for justice, both during the Anglo-Boer South African War and during the First World War. Defying the constraints of her gender and class, Emily Hobhouse travelled across continents and spoke out against oppression. A passionate pacifist and a feminist, she opposed both the 1899-1902 Anglo-Boer War and the First World War, which led to accusations of treason. Despite saving thousands of lives in two wars, she died alone - spurned by her country, her friends and even some of her relatives. During the Anglo-Boer War, tens of thousands of Boer women and children were forced into concentration camps which were set up by the British Army after 30,000 farms were burned and livestock and crops destroyed. Official statistics show that 27,927 Boer women and children died in these camps, though recent estimates suggest that the number may have been closer to 32,000. It is estimated that between 15,000 and 25,000 black people - the majority of them children - died in concentration camps. There were more than a 100 such camps. Hobhouse was later an avid opponent of the First World War, protesting vigorously against it. She organised the writing, signing and publishing in January 1915 of the 'Open Christmas Letter' addressed 'To the Women of Germany and Austria'. Through her offices, thousands of women and children were fed daily for more than a year in central Europe after this war. Hobhouse's ashes are ensconced in a niche in the National Women's Monument at Bloemfontein in South Africa, but she has never received the recognition she deserves, and so longed for, in her own country.

The Brunt Of The War And Where It Fell

Author : Emily Hobhouse
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