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Diamonds, Gold, and War

The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa

Regular Price $25.99

Regular Price $32.99 CAD

Regular Price $25.99

Regular Price $32.99 CAD

This item is a preorder. Your payment method will be charged immediately, and the product is expected to ship on or around September 23, 2008. This date is subject to change due to shipping delays beyond our control.

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Sep 23, 2008

Page Count

592 Pages

ISBN-13

9781586486419

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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 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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