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Diamonds, Gold and War

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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.Martin Mere... Weiterlesen
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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.

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 including The State of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence; Mugabe: Power, Plunder, and the Struggle for Zimbabwe, and Mandela: A Biography. He lives near Oxford.

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.


Titel: Diamonds, Gold and War
Untertitel: The Making of South Africa
EAN: 9781416526377
ISBN: 978-1-4165-2637-7
Format: Taschenbuch
Herausgeber: Simon & Schuster UK
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 592
Gewicht: 426g
Größe: H198mm x B130mm x T40mm
Jahr: 2008
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