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Diamonds, Gold and War: The British, the Boers, and the making of South Africa Book Cover Diamonds, Gold and War: The British, the Boers, and the making of South Africa

Non-Fiction
2007
570

"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."

From Jim's review: I liked this one because it’s not just about the Boer War itself but takes the reader through the whole 19th century and shows how all those events lead to the war. It briefly covers the establishment of the Cape Colony in the 17 century by the dutch, the take over of the colony by the British in the 18th century and events causing the establishment of the Boer republics of the Orange Free State and the South African Republic.

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