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The Cowboy Capitalist - John Hays Hammond, The American West & The Jameson Raid (Hardcover) Loot Price: R288
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The Cowboy Capitalist - John Hays Hammond, The American West & The Jameson Raid (Hardcover)

Charles Van Onselen

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The Jameson Raid was a pivotal moment in the history of South Africa, linking events from the Anglo-Boer War to the declaration of the Union of South Africa in 1910. For over a century the failed revolution has been interpreted through the lens of British imperialism, with responsibility laid at the feet of Cecil John Rhodes. Yet the wild adventurism that characterised the raid resembles a cowboy expedition more than a serious attempt to overthrow a Boer government.

In The Cowboy Capitalist, Charles van Onselen challenges a historiography of over 120 years, locating the raid in American rather than British history and forcing us to rethink the histories of at least three nations. Through a close look at the little-remembered figure of John Hays Hammond, a confidant of both Rhodes and Jameson, he discovers the American Old West on the South African Highveld.

This radical reinterpretation challenges the commonly held belief that the Jameson Raid was quintessentially British and, in doing so, drives splinters into our understanding of events as far forward as South Africa’s critical 1948 general election, with which the foundations of Grand Apartheid were laid.

General

Imprint: Jonathan Ball Publishers SA
Country of origin: South Africa
Release date: August 2017
Authors: Charles Van Onselen
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 38mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 557
ISBN-13: 978-1-86842-738-3
Categories: Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Military history
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political ideologies > Imperialism
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political structure & processes > Political leaders & leadership
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political activism > General
Books > Social sciences > Warfare & defence > War & defence operations > Battles & campaigns
Books > Humanities > History > African history > From 1900 > General
Books > History > African history > From 1900 > General
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Military history
Books > Local Author Showcase > Politics
LSN: 1-86842-738-2
Barcode: 9781868427383

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