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


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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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  • ISBN-13: 9781586486419
  • ISBN-10: 1586486411
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publish Date: September 2008
  • Page Count: 570


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Books > History > Africa - South - Republic of South Africa
Books > History > Europe - Great Britain - General
Books > History > Military - Wars & Conflicts (Other)

 
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