Women’s Autobiographies on the Colonial Wars of the long 19th Century

This bibliography focuses on women's autobiographies, diaries and memoirs (as well as a few letter connections). These authors participated in and/or lived through various, Western armed conflict and wrote about their experiences in English, French, German or Russian.

The most important wars for this period include:

  • Imperial Conquest of Africa (1880–1914)
  • Spanish–American War (1898)
  • Boer/South African War (1899–1902)
  • Philippine-American War (1899–1902)

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Armstrong, Henrietta E. C., and Thariza Van Rensburg. Camp Diary of Henrietta E.C. Armstrong: Experiences of a Boer Nurse in the Irene Concentration Camp, 6 April-11 October 1901. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council, 1980.
Brandt, Johanna. The Petticoat Commando or, Boer Women in Secret Service. London: Mills & Boon, 1913.
Bron, Alice. Diary of a Nurse in South Africa: With the Dutch-Belgian Red Cross During the Boer War. Driffield, United Kingdom: Leonaur, 2010.
Collins, Bessie, and Bridget Theron. Dear Sue: The Letters of Bessie Collins from Pretoria During the Anglo-Boer War. Pretoria: Protea Book House, 2000.
Corbusier, Fanny Dunbar, and Patricia Y. Stallard. Fanny Dunbar Corbusier: Recollections of her Army Life, 1869-1908. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2003.
Courtney, Kate. Extracts from a Diary during the War. London: Victor Press, 1928.
De la Rey, Jacoba Elizabeth. A Woman's Wanderings and Trials During the Anglo-Boer War. London: Unwin, 1903.
Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Great Boer War. New York: McClure, Phillips & Co., 1902.
Izedinova, Sophia, and Christopher Moody. A Few Months with the Boers: The War Reminiscences of a Russian Nursing Sister. Johannesburg: Perskor, 1977.
Jeffreys, Edith, and D. R. M. Wilkinson. Aliwal North in the Boer War, 1899-1900: A Contemporary Account. Groningen: Barkhuis, 2009.
Lipp, Isabelle. War Diary: Fiction, Fact and Fancy. Johannesburg : Parktown & Westcliff Heritage Trust, 2010.
McMaster University. Peace and War in the 20th Century. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Mushikiwabo, Louise, and Jack Kramer. Rwanda Means the Universe: A Native's Memoir of Blood and Bloodlines. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2007.
Niemann, Petronella Elizabeth, and Mark Sandham. Bethulie and Chubut: Domestic Memoirs of the Boer War and Argentina. Johannesburg: Piglet Press, 2011.
Raal, Sarah. The Lady Who Fought: A Young Woman's Account of the Anglo-Boer War. Cape Town: Stormberg Publishers, 2000.
Vancouver Island University. Canadian Letters and Images Project.
Wilson, Sarah Isabella A., and Sarah Heckford. Ladies of the Veldt: Two Accounts of Remarkable Women in South Africa During the Boer War. LaVergne, TN: Leonaur, 2013.