415 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Revised Edition, Johannesburg, (2004) 2013
This book was originally published in 2004 as "Battles of South Africa". This revised and enlarged edition contains ten new chapters.
Tim Couzens describes thirty-six battles, generally lesser-known ones, spread over five centuries. The book includes chapters on the battles of Muizenberg, Slagtersnek, Grahamstown, Blood River, Blouberg, Bloemfontein and Ulundi.
"A sometimes riotous, sometimes tragic, always brilliant journey through South Africa's battlefields, this book ignites a thirst for more of the rough texture of history and the fallible people who shaped it. A master of research, observation and humour, Couzens takes you on a journey into our blood-soaked birth." Ray Hartley, Sunday Times.
Literary and social historian Tim Couzens is also the author of "The New African, a study of the life and work of H.I.E. Dhlomo", "Tramp Royal, the true story of Trader Horn" and "Murder at Morija".