Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa: Easyread Super Large 20pt Edition

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Sep 16, 2009 - History - 424 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 CORNER HOUSE
3
A MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE PART V
21
THE PLACE OF SLAUGHTER
49
THE BALANCE OF AFRICA
65
TO OPHIR DIRECT
100
KRUGERS PROTECTORATE PART VI
120
GROOTE SCHUUR
137
A BILL FOR AFRICA
164
PART VII
231
A TALE OF TWO TOWNS
233
THE RANDLORDS
258
THE RHODES CONSPIRACY
278
JAMESONS RAID
304
MISSING TELEGRAMS
330
BY RIGHT OF CONQUEST
372
PART VIII
389

NOT FOR POSTERITY
188
THE LOOT COMMITTEE
208
THE RICHEST SPOT ON EARTH
391
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