Dinosaurs, Diamonds and Democracy. A short, short history of South Africa

A high quality production with sumptuous illustrations and good maps, Dinosaurs, Diamonds and Democracy - A short, short history of South Africa, is a coat pocket history book.
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Book title: Dinosaurs, Diamonds & Democracy
Subtitle: A short, short history of South Africa
Author: Francis Wilson
Imprint: Umuzi
Type: History
Publisher: Random House Struik
Cape Town, South Africa 2010
ISBN 9781415201404 / ISBN 978-1-4152-0140-4
Softcover, 15x16 cm, 128 pages, throughout photos


An asteroid the size of Table Mountain crashed into what was to become South Africa over 2 billion years ago, marking the spot. The country's history since then has always been robust and full of energy. This book takes you in record time from that moment, when the earth's richest gold reefs were shaped, to the advent of democracy in 1994, another event that stunned the world. Along the way you will encounter some of the most ancient dinosaurs on record, the very first people on the planet, and the first cultures.

You will see outsiders moving in to reshape history: hunters and gatherers, cultivators and herders, iron-workers from the north, and immigrants from Europe and Asia. They fought and made peace; they stumbled upon gold and diamonds; they rose to the heights of excellence and sunk to the depths of oppression, until on one day they all queued as equals to elect a government. That is the story marked by dinosaurs, diamonds and democracy.


1. Once Upon a Time
2. The Great Breakthrough
3. Gatherers, Fishers & Hunters
4. Age of Iron: C.200-C.1500
5. Europe Returns to Sub-Saharan
Africa: 1488-1806
6. Ambiguous Empire: 1806-1879
7. Black, White & Gold - South Africa's
Industrial Revolution: 1867-1947
8. Apartheid: 1948-1986
9. A South African Miracle? 1986-1996
Epilogue: South Africa Today
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