Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa: Easyread Large Bold Edition

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Sep 16, 2009 - History - 412 pages
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SOUTHERN AFRICA was once regarded as a worthless jumble of British colonies, Boer republics, and African chiefdoms, a troublesome region of little interest to the outside world. But then prospectors chanced upon the world's richest deposits of diamonds and gold, setting off a titanic struggle between the British and the Boers for control of the region. It culminated in the costliest, bloodiest, and most humiliating war that Britain had waged in nearly a century, and left the Boer republics devastated. In this gripping history of the turbulent years leading up to the founding of the modern state of South Africa in 1910, Martin Meredith portrays the great wealth and raw power, the deceit, corruption, and racism that lay behind Britain's empire-building in southern Africa. Diamonds, Gold, and War is a tale of high adventure, high fi nance, and high politics that also shows the massive impact of white expansion on indigenous African societies. And it explains the rise of the virulent Afrikaner nationalism that eventually took hold, with repercussions lasting nearly a century.
 

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Contents

THE IMPERIAL FACTOR
75
OOM PAUL
91
THE WASHING OF SPEARS
108
MAJUBA
124
THE DIAMOND BUBBLE
141
THE STRIPPING CLAUSE
150
DREAMS AND FANTASIES
168
THE ROAD TO THE NORTH
179
THE GERMAN SPECTRE
194
THE MOST POWERFUL COMPANY IN THE WORLD
210
A CHOSEN PEOPLE
229
JOHANNESBURG
242
THE CORNER HOUSE
257
A MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE
269
PART V
277
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