Military historian Ian Knight has been writing about nineteenth-century British colonial campaigns for thirty years. His most recent book, Zulu Rising, received universal critical acclaim and he is a winner of the Anglo-Zulu Historical Society's Chief Buthelezi Medal for his lifelong contribution to Anglo-Zulu studies. A former editor of the Journal of the Victorian Military Society, he is a regular contributor to historical journals. He has advised on and appeared in a number of television documentaries, including C4's Secrets of the Dead and the BBC's Timewatch.
‘Ian Knight has long been an outstanding military historian of the
nineteenth century, and here he mobilizes all his experience in an
impressively researched and highly readable analysis of those
British soldiers who served in all the corners of Queen Victoria’s
empire . . . he paints vivid but also nuanced portraits not just of
the men who took the Queen’s shilling, but also those who faced
them on the battlefield, where at times they delivered devastating
defeats against Victoria’s red-coated warriors’
*Tony Pollard, Professor of Conflict History and Archaeology, University of Glasgow*
Ian Knight masterfully shows that history might appear well-ordered when looking back at events, but at the time those events are disjointed, chaotic and often contradictory. Above all, he is to be commended for telling the heart-warming and heart-wrenching stories of the ordinary British soldiers, escaping rural and industrial poverty and thrown into conflicts in distant lands.
*Chris Green, The History Chap*