Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa: Easyread Super Large 18pt Edition

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Sep 16, 2009 - History - 564 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
19
PART VII
39
A TALE OF TWO TOWNS
41
THE RANDLORDS
61
THE RHODES CONSPIRACY
77
JAMESONS RAID
98
MISSING TELEGRAMS
120
PART IX
275
THE FORTUNES OF WAR
277
MARCHING TO PRETORIA
293
SCORCHED EARTH
317
THE BITTER END
340
ENVOI
354
PART X
366
THE SUNNYSIDE STRATEGY
373

BY RIGHT OF CONQUEST
154
PART VIII
167
THE RICHEST SPOT ON EARTH
169
NEMESIS
192
THE GREAT GAME
206
THE DRUMBEAT FOR WAR
237
ULTIMATUMS
261
VUKANI BANTU
397
THE BLACK ORDINANCE
414
EPILOGUE
443
CHAPTER NOTES
455
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
474
BACK COVER MATERIAL
516
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