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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Review: Diamonds, Gold, and War: The Making of South Africa

User Review  - Evan - Goodreads

I don't know what led me to purchase this book, but it turned out to be a fascinating read. This book focused on the time in South Africa prior to the introduction to Apartheid. It tells the history ... Read full review

Review: Diamonds, Gold, and War: The Making of South Africa

User Review  - Pablo - Goodreads

Excellent overview of early and later SA history. Works well with the Mandela biography to bring one up to date. 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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