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Diamonds, Gold and War

The Making of South Africa

Martin Meredith

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An epic, sweeping history of the making of South Africa by the bestselling and acclaimed author of The State of Africa.
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"a tribute to our better natures"

The Guardian

Diamonds, Gold and War: The Making of South Africa A01 By (author) N Martin Meredith 198 129 BC Paperback / softback 592 Simon & Schuster Simon & Schuster New York United States HBJH African history HBLL Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900 HBLW 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000 1HFMS Republic of South Africa 3JH c 1800 to c 1900 3JJC c 1900 - c 1914 1.3 NHH African history 3M 3MP 1HFMS 3MN 3MPBA c 1500 onwards to present day 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999 Republic of South Africa 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899 c 1900 to c 1909 An epic, sweeping history of the making of South Africa by the bestselling and acclaimed author of The State of Africa. The prize was great -- not just land, but the riches it held, in the form of diamonds and gold. What became a country called South Africa was, until 1910, a vast and untamed land where great fortunes could be made (and lost); where great battles were fought (and lost); and where great men had their reputations forged, or dashed, or sometimes both. Martin Meredith's follow-up to his magisterial The State of Africais an equally epic new history of the making of South Africa. Covering the extraordinarily eventful four decades leading up to the establishment of the Union of South Africa in 1910, it covers some of the most iconic tales of imperial history. The Zulus at Rorke's Drift; the Jameson Raid; the diamond and gold rushes at Kimberley and Witwatersrand; the Boer wars; the titanic struggle between the arch-imperialist Cecil Rhodes and his Boer rival, Paul Kruger -- DIAMONDS, GOLD AND WARbrings all of these and more together in a stunningly coherent and compelling narrative. History, somehow, just isn't as colourful any more. Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer and historian who has written extensively on Africa and its recent history. He is the author of many books about the continent, including The State of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence; Diamonds, Gold and War: The Making of South Africa; The Fortunes of Africa: A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavour; and Mandela: A Biography. He lives near Oxford. 07072008 02 RRP including tax GB GBP 10.99 0.00 10.99 This price includes a tax element GB 20 Available 1 GARD Y The prize was great -- not just land, but the riches it held, in the form of diamonds and gold. What became a country called South Africa was, until 1910, a vast and untamed land where great fortunes could be made (and lost); where great battles were fought (and lost); and where great men had their reputations forged, or dashed, or sometimes both.

Martin Meredith's follow-up to his magisterial The State of Africais an equally epic new history of the making of South Africa. Covering the extraordinarily eventful four decades leading up to the establishment of the Union of South Africa in 1910, it covers some of the most iconic tales of imperial history. The Zulus at Rorke's Drift; the Jameson Raid; the diamond and gold rushes at Kimberley and Witwatersrand; the Boer wars; the titanic struggle between the arch-imperialist Cecil Rhodes and his Boer rival, Paul Kruger -- DIAMONDS, GOLD AND WARbrings all of these and more together in a stunningly coherent and compelling narrative. History, somehow, just isn't as colourful any more.
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Book publisherSimon & Schuster
Publication date7 Jul 2008
FormatPaperback
Pages592
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