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

September 23, 2008|
Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa by Martin Meredith
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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.”
Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer, and historian who has written extensively on Africa and its recent history. His previous books include Mandela; Mugabe; Diamonds, Gold, and War; Born in Africa; and The Fate of Africa. He lives near Oxford, England.
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Title:Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:592 pages, 9.25 X 6.13 X 1.5 in
Shipping dimensions:592 pages, 9.25 X 6.13 X 1.5 in
Published:September 23, 2008
Publisher:Publicaffairs
Language:English
ISBN - 13:9781586486419

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