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

Front Cover
PublicAffairs, Sep 23, 2008 - History - 592 pages
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.”
 

What people are saying - Write a review

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

User Review  - Kirkus

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

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

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

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
Blue Ground
22
Kimberley
33
The Diggers Revolt
41
Enter the Magnates
50
6
63
The Diamond Bubble
107
The Stripping Clause
113
A Tale of Two Towns
291
The Randlords
302
The Rhodes Conspiracy
311
Jamesons Raid
323
Missing Telegrams
335
33
354
The Richest Spot on Earth
365
Nemesis
378

Dreams and Fantasies
125
13
133
The German Spectre
143
The Most Powerful Company in the World
153
PART IV
165
A Chosen People
167
Johannesburg
176
The Corner House
186
A Marriage of Convenience
194
PART V
205
The Place of Slaughter
207
The Balance of Africa
214
22
229
Krugers Protectorate
238
PART VI
245
Groote Schuur
247
A Bill for Africa
259
Not for Posterity
270
The Loot Committee
279
PART VII
289
The Great Game
386
The Drumbeat for War
403
Ultimatums
416
The Fortunes of War
427
Marching to Pretoria
436
41
449
The Bitter End
462
Envoi
470
The Sunnyside Strategy
481
50
485
Vukani Bantu
494
The Black Ordinance
504
The Sphinx Problem
511
Epilogue
520
Chapter Notes
527
Select Bibliography
539
Index
551
74
552
125
560
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

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.

Bibliographic information