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SZABO-ZSOLDOS, Gábor. Hungarians in the Anglo-Boer War. Historia [online]. 2021, vol.66, n.2, pp.2-22. ISSN 2309-8392.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2309-8392/2021/v66n2a1.

The Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902), also known as the South African War, had many Hungarian connections in the areas of economy, politics, and culture. Great Britain and the Boer Republics attempted to purchase agricultural products (especially horses and flour) in Hungary, to be used during the war. Hungarian journals and newspapers published a large number of articles and other features on the war, and outstanding Hungarian poets and novelists, as well as politicians and other public figures reflected on the conflict and expressed their pro-Boer, pro-British, or neutral opinions. Hungarians who served in the Boer commandos or who fought under the Union Jack in South Africa constitute the closest connection between the Carpathian Basin and the Anglo-Boer War. Seventeen Hungarians have been identified who took an active part in the war, the majority of them (twelve people), on the Boer side, while only five supported the British war effort. This article focuses on three of the Hungarian participants: Tibor Péchy, Albert Wass, and Albert Theophilus Duka. While Péchy and Wass were pro-Boer volunteers, Duka served in the British Army. After describing their South African activities, a comparison is made of the motivation for their participation in the Anglo-Boer War.

Keywords : Anglo-Boer/South African War; Count Albert Wass; Dr Albert Theophilus Duka; Félix Luzsénszky; Hungarians; Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence; 1848-1849; Lajos Kossuth; Tibor Péchy; President Paul Kruger.

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