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Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa
 
 
Author
Martin Meredith.
Publisher PublicAffairs  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.35 x 1.75 inches
ISBN 9781586484736
Pages/Publication Date 569/2007
Daedalus Item Code 42352
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The prize was great—not just land, but the riches it held, in the form of diamonds and gold—and Martin Meredith's follow-up to The State of Africa is an epic history of the winning of South Africa. Covering the four extraordinarily eventful decades leading up to the establishment of the Union of South Africa in 1910, Meredith expounds on such iconic tales of imperial history as the Zulus at Rorke's Drift, the Jameson Raid, the diamond and gold rushes at Kimberley and Witwatersrand, the Boer wars, and the titanic struggle between the arch-imperialist Cecil Rhodes and his Boer rival, Paul Kruger.

"Despite the depth of scholarly research it contains, this book reads not as dry history but as a vivid and thrilling account of the forging of southern Africa into its present distinctive shape and character.... This is a book that will take a prominent place upon my bookshelf and which I know I will re-read time and again over the years ahead."—Wilbur Smith

 
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