Acknowledgements - 10; List of Figures - 12; List of Tables - 13; List of Illustrations - 13; Introduction - 15; Chapter 1 - A Young Australian's War - 23; Chapter 2 - Germany's South West African Colony 32; Chapter 3 - A policy Based on the Sword - The War in the South 1903-07 40; Chapter 4 - Hide and Seek - A Hero's War 54; Chapter 5- Abandon All Hope, You Who Enter! -The Graveyard of the Peace 69; Chapter 6- The View from Afar - Popular Culture, Public Awareness and the Reichstag Debates in Germany 99; Chapter 7 - Life in the Borderlands - the Turbulent Frontier 1903-07 112; Chapter 8- Into the Battle Zone - Narudas, Leukop and Narus 136; Chapter 9- Wilful Murder - September 28th 1905 145; Chapter 10-Legitimate Target or Unjustifiable Act 154; Chapter 11- Hidden Truths 169; Chapter 12- A Colonial Tragedy 176; Illustrations: Sources & Permissions 189; Bibliography/Archival material/Contemporary newspapers/Other publisher sources 190.
Peter Curson is a New Zealander living in Sydney. A graduate of Auckland University and the University of Tasmania, he has had a long academic career at the University of Tasmania, Macquarie University and the University of Sydney. Currently he is Professor of Population and Security at the University of Sydney and Emeritus Professor of Medical Geography at Macquarie University. An historical demographer with a background in Geography, Demography, History and Public Health, he writes from an interdisciplinary perspective and is particularly skilled in reconstructing past populations and understanding how people react when confronted by disasters like epidemics, pandemics and wars. The author of a number of books and more than 100 academic papers, he also writes extensively for the Australian and New Zealand media on population and health issues and has been involved in the making of a number of TV programs. In this current book he brings his historical demographic expertise to bear on a different sort of human disaster, one involving the clash of civilisations in German Southwest Africa and the part played by a young Australian adventurer in the Nama rebellion against the Germans between 1903 and 1907. In such a way he constructs a micro-history which illuminates a wider range of issues relating to early 20th century imperialism, British-Colonial relationships, and the attitude towards indigenous colonised peoples.