Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa

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PublicAffairs, Sep 23, 2008 - History - 592 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 land. The result was the costliest, bloodiest, and most humiliating war that Britain had waged in nearly a century, and the devastation of the Boer republics. The New Yorker calls this magisterial account of those years “[an] astute history.… Meredith expertly shows how the exigencies of the diamond (and then gold) rush laid the foundation for apartheid.”
 

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DIAMONDS, GOLD AND WAR: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa

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The unruly formation of South Africa, set to a backdrop of war over the country's invaluable resources. Meredith (The Fate of Africa: From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair, 2005, etc ... Read full review

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Meredith (The Fate of Africa ) continues his superb accounts of Africa, here centering on the period from the discovery of the first diamond field in 1870 to the formation of the modern state in 1910 ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
PART I
11
PART I I
61
PART I I I
105
PART IV
165
PART V
205
PART VI
245
PART VII
289
PART V I I I
363
PART IX
425
PART X
479
EPILOGUE
520
CHAPTER NOTES
527
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
539
INDEX
551
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Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer, and historian who has written extensively on Africa and its recent history. His previous books include Mugabe and The Fate of Africa. He lives near Oxford, England.

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