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 - 476 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

NOT FOR POSTERITY
3
THE LOOT COMMITTEE
16
PART VII
31
A TALE OF TWO TOWNS
33
PART VIII
139
THE RICHEST SPOT ON EARTH
141
NEMESIS
160
THE GREAT GAME
171
SCORCHED EARTH
261
THE BITTER END
280
ENVOI
291
PART X
301
THE SUNNYSIDE STRATEGY
307
VUKANI BANTU
327
THE BLACK ORDINANCE
341
THE SPHINX PROBLEM
351

THE DRUMBEAT FOR WAR
197
ULTIMATUMS
216
PART IX
227
THE FORTUNES OF WAR
229
MARCHING TO PRETORIA
242
EPILOGUE
365
CHAPTER NOTES
375
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
391
BACK COVER MATERIAL
427
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