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By John J. Stephens

For greater than a century following its discovery, South Africa held little curiosity for the imperial powers of Europe. while gold was once chanced on there towards the top of the 19th century, the territory all at once grew to become essentially the most hotly contested items of actual property on the planet. Fuelling the Empire tells the tale of the South African gold rush, the monstrous political and fiscal forces it set in movement, and the devastating army clash to which it gave riseâ??the Boer warfare, the 1st large-scale human tragedy of the 20 th century.

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