The War in South Africa: Its Causes & Effects

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John Atkinson Hobson’s prophetic book, first published in 1900, describes in detail the lies, deception, underhanded maneuverings, false propaganda—and the ubiquitous pressure groups—that lay behind the outbreak of the Second Anglo-Boer War in 1889.

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    John Atkinson Hobson’s prophetic book, first published in 1900, describes in detail the lies, deception, underhanded maneuverings, false propaganda—and the ubiquitous pressure groups—that lay behind the outbreak of the Second Anglo-Boer War in 1889.

    Hobson’s book reveals the trail of lies in the build-up to the war. These included faked “atrocity” propaganda, faked allegations of Boer barbarity, corruption, maladministration and the deliberate distortions and double-crossing in the “negotiations” that preceded the war.

    Hobson even shows how the lies also included fake stories of “Boer armament build-ups,” which were portrayed as evidence of the “Boer threat.”

    He also spends time explaining how these allegations were spread across the English-speaking world. They were generated, he proves, in the newsrooms of the anti-Boer “newspapers” in Johannesburg, and sent by telex to London, from where they were fed into the major English-language newspapers, conservative and liberal alike, where they were faithfully repeated without question.

    Finally, Hobson reveals the true source behind the anti-Boer agitation and incitement to war: the powerful Zionist lobby in South Africa, which he openly calls the “Jew-Imperialists.” This lobby, Hobson shows, coveted the mineral and trading wealth of the Transvaal Boer republic and also the major media outlets in Johannesburg

    This new edition has been completely reset, updated and annotated. Also includes a new introduction, “South Africa 1899, Iraq 2003: The Awful Parallels,” by Arthur Kemp, which details the Zionist lobby’s role in inciting the Iraq War, using forgery, lies, deception and mass media—following the exact pattern used in the run-up to the Boer War.

    Softcover, 277 pages