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

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

Martin Meredith


Southern Africa used to be considered as a valueless jumble of British colonies, Boer republics, and African chiefdoms, a hard area of little curiosity to the surface global. yet then prospectors chanced upon the world’s richest deposits of diamonds and gold, surroundings off a gigantic fight among the British and the Boers for keep an eye on of the land. the outcome was once the most expensive, bloodiest, and such a lot humiliating warfare that Britain had waged in approximately a century, and the devastation of the Boer republics. The New Yorker calls this magisterial account of these years “[an] astute history.… Meredith expertly exhibits how the exigencies of the diamond (and then gold) rush laid the root for apartheid.”

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