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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

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.”

INTRODUCTION

PART I

Chapter 1: DIAMOND FEVER

Chapter 2: BLUE GROUND

Chapter 3: KIMBERLEY

Chapter 4: THE DIGGERS’ REVOLT

Chapter 5: ENTER THE MAGNATES

PART II

Chapter 6: THE IMPERIAL FACTOR

Chapter 7: OOM PAUL

Chapter 8: THE WASHING OF SPEARS

Chapter 9: MAJUBA

PART III

Chapter 10: THE DIAMOND BUBBLE

Chapter 11: THE STRIPPING CLAUSE

Chapter 12: DREAMS AND FANTASIES

Chapter 13: THE ROAD TO THE NORTH

Chapter 14: THE GERMAN SPECTRE

Chapter 15: THE MOST POWERFUL COMPANY IN THE WORLD

PART IV

Chapter 16: A CHOSEN PEOPLE

Chapter 17: JOHANNESBURG

Chapter 18: THE CORNER HOUSE

Chapter 19: A MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE

PART V

Chapter 20: THE PLACE OF SLAUGHTER

Chapter 21: THE BALANCE OF AFRICA

Chapter 22: TO OPHIR DIRECT

Chapter 23: KRUGER’S PROTECTORATE

PART VI

Chapter 24: GROOTE SCHUUR

Chapter 25: A BILL FOR AFRICA

Chapter 26: NOT FOR POSTERITY

Chapter 27: THE LOOT COMMITTEE

PART VII

Chapter 28: A TALE OF TWO TOWNS

Chapter 29: THE RANDLORDS

Chapter 30: THE RHODES CONSPIRACY

Chapter 31: JAMESON’S RAID

Chapter 32: MISSING TELEGRAMS

Chapter 33: BY RIGHT OF CONQUEST

PART VIII

Chapter 34: THE RICHEST SPOT ON EARTH

Chapter 35: NEMESIS

Chapter 36: THE GREAT GAME

Chapter 37: THE DRUMBEAT FOR WAR

Chapter 38: ULTIMATUMS

PART IX

Chapter 39: THE FORTUNES OF WAR

Chapter 40: MARCHING TO PRETORIA

Chapter 41: SCORCHED EARTH

Chapter 42: THE BITTER END

Chapter 43: ENVOI

PART X

Chapter 44: THE SUNNYSIDE STRATEGY

Chapter 45: VUKANI BANTU!

Chapter 46: THE BLACK ORDINANCE

Chapter 47: THE SPHINX PROBLEM

EPILOGUE

CHAPTER NOTES

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