Diamonds, Gold, and War

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  • Copyright: 2008-09-23
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs

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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 Yorkercalls 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."

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Mapp. xii
Author's Notep. xv
Introductionp. 1
Diamond Feverp. 13
Blue Groundp. 22
Kimberleyp. 33
The Diggers' Revoltp. 41
Enter the Magnatesp. 50
The Imperial Factorp. 63
Oom Paulp. 74
The Washing of Spearsp. 85
Majubap. 95
The Diamond Bubblep. 107
The Stripping Clausep. 113
Dreams and Fantasiesp. 125
The Road to the Northp. 133
The German Spectrep. 143
The Most Powerful Company in the Worldp. 153
A Chosen Peoplep. 167
Johannesburgp. 176
The Corner Housep. 186
A Marriage of Conveniencep. 194
The Place of Slaughterp. 207
The Balance of Africap. 214
To Ophir Directp. 229
Kruger's Protectoratep. 238
Groote Schuurp. 247
A Bill for Africap. 259
Not for Posterityp. 270
The Loot Committeep. 279
A Tale of Two Townsp. 291
The Randlordsp. 302
The Rhodes Conspiracyp. 311
Jameson's Raidp. 323
Missing Telegramsp. 335
By Right of Conquestp. 354
The Richest Spot on Earthp. 365
Nemesisp. 378
The Great Gamep. 386
The Drumbeat for Warp. 403
Ultimatumsp. 416
The Fortunes of Warp. 427
Marching to Pretoriap. 436
Scorched Earthp. 449
The Bitter Endp. 462
Envoip. 470
The Sunnyside Strategyp. 481
Vukani Bantu!p. 494
The Black Ordinancep. 504
The Sphinx Problemp. 511
Epiloguep. 520
Chapter Notesp. 527
Select Bibliographyp. 539
Indexp. 551
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