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ISU Professor's Research on American Equines in the Anglo-Boer War Published by the Republic of South Africa

October 15, 2020

ISU professor and equine historian Philip Homan's paper "'Horses, Mules, and Men from … America Destroyed the Two Little Republics': American War Horses and Army Mules in the Anglo-Boer (South African) War, 1899-1902, and Resources for an American Perspective on the War through the Lens of Equine History" has been published by the War Museum of the Boer Republics in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The museum is an agency of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa.

Homan originally presented the paper at the War Museum's 120-Year Commemoration of the Anglo-Boer (South African) War International Conference "Re-Imaging the Anglo-Boer (South African) War: New Perspectives 120 Years Down the Line" on 9-11 October 2019. Scholars largely from South Africa and the UK gave papers in Afrikaans and English.

The conference delegates voted Homan's paper, one of two from the USA, as among the top three of the 54 papers as a "research/paper of high-standing quality delivered at the conference."

Homan also presented a version of the paper as a graduate seminar for the University of Pretoria's Department of Humanities Education on the Groenkloof Campus and to the University of Pretoria's Faculty of Veterinary Science on the Onderstepoort Campus.

Homan's paper contributes to the new interest among historians in the forgotten victims of the Anglo-Boer War: Black South Africans, children, and equines.

Homan is an academic librarian at the ISU Libraries.


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