The Founder: Cecil Rhodes and the Pursuit of Power

Front Cover
Oxford University Press, Oct 20, 1988 - History - 856 pages
0 Reviews
A tall, robust-looking, imposing figure, Cecil John Rhodes was a man of many contradictions. Rhodes, the dreamy idealist, called his copy of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius his "most precious possession," while Rhodes, the ruthless businessman, firmly believed in the adage, "every man has his price." He supported invidious racial laws in South Africa, and invented and sponsored the world-renowned Rhodes Scholarships. Although a man of unprepossessing intellectual talents, he became one of the leading figures in the English-speaking world, the confidant of Queen Victoria and Kaiser Wilhelm, a man of vast wealth and worldwide influence. Based on seventeen years of research, this monumental volume, written by a noted authority on Southern Africa, offers the definitive biography of one of the most controversial figures of the nineteenth century. Vividly capturing the life of a man who was truly larger than life, Robert Rotberg explores Rhodes' childhood and adolescence; depicts his life in mining camps around Kimberley and the Witwatersrand; traces the surreptitious stock buyouts and mergers that allowed Rhodes to gain control over ninety percent of the world's diamond production by age thirty-five; describes his campaigns against African populations that allowed him to establish Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia); and discusses the poorly planned, disastrous raid on the Transvaal that destroyed Rhodes' reputation. The Founder illuminates a complex and fascinating life of both evil and good.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

The founder: Cecil Rhodes and the pursuit of power

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Imperialist, financier, politician, and mining magnate, Rhodes was a larger-than-life figure in southern Africa whose influence is still felt through his scholarships and the DeBeers diamond monopoly ... Read full review

Contents

The Man and the Mystery
3
Life in the Vicarage
14
The Cotton Fields a Testing
36
Scraping Together the First Riches
55
A Band of Brothers amid the Dreaming Spires
84
Pursuing Position and Fortune
108
Forging Political and Personal Alliances
128
Forestalling Bismarck and KrugerAn Imperial Prologue
149
Making War in Rhodesia
418
The Second Premiership
450
The Money Game and Other Profitable Pursuits
488
The Raid and Its Consequences
515
The Risings and Redemption
551
Across the Zambezi and Through Africa
581
The Last Hurrah and the Guns of October
599
Of Dreams and Deeds
638

Seeking Dominion over Diamonds and Gold
180
Fashioning a Distinctive Destiny as the Solitary Springbok
215
Employing the Sinews of War in the North
238
A Rush of Cynicism and ConspiracyThe Acquisition of Rhodesia
288
Assaults Across the Zambezi
320
Ends and Means The First Premiership
339
Creating a Castle and Courting the World
377
The End of the Beginning
657
Enigma and Resolution
679
Notes
693
Rhodes His Contemporaries and His Times
754
Index
773
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1988)

About the Author: Robert I. Rotberg is Academic Vice-President for Arts, Sciences, and Technology at Tufts University. His numerous books include Suffer the Future: Policy Choices in Southern Africa, The Rise of Nationalism in Central Africa, Joseph Thomson and the Exploration of Africa, and Protest and Power in Black Africa. He is himself a former Rhodes Scholar. About the Collaborator: Miles F. Shore, M.D. is Bullard Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Superintendent of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston, and a member of the faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute.

Bibliographic information