Empire, War and Cricket in South Africa

Empire, War & Cricket in South Africa is a unique social and political history of the workings of the British Empire in South Africa during the late 19th century.
Allen, Dean
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Title: Empire, War and Cricket in South Africa
Subtitle: Logan of Matjiesfontein
Author: Dean Allen
Genre: History, biography
Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa 2015
ISBN 9781770228474 / ISBN 978-1-77022-847-4
Hardcover, 17 x 23 cm, 352 pages, numerous photographs


Empire, War and Cricket in South Africa is more than just a sports history and also more than just a political history. Its strength is the way in which it melds the two to provide a new perspective on a turbulent South African past. Find out how James Logan, a nineteen-year-old immigrant from Scotland, quickly made his fortune in South Africa, and why Cecil John Rhodes called him one of South Africa's 'creators'. Read how Matjiesfontein was created and how James Logan, the 'Laird of Matjiesfontein', developed this little Karoo town into a renowned health resort attracting the rich and famous of the late nineteenth century -including novelist Olive Schreiner and England cricketer George Lohmann. Discover how Logan developed Cricket in South Africa; how some of the first international matches between South Africa and England took place at Matjiesfontein; the origins of Zimbabwean cricket's famous 'Logan Cup'; the controversial 1901 South African cricket tour to England, a venture funded by Logan in the midst of the Anglo-Boer War; and how Logan once had the captain and manager of England's cricket team arrested as they boarded their ship home. Learn how Rhodes and Logan's 'shady dealings' brought down the premier's first government; about Matjiesfontein's strategic role during the Anglo-Boer War; James Logan's opportunism at the Battle of Belmont; and his actions after the death of Major General Wauchope.

Content: Empire, War and Cricket in South Africa

Foreword: Professor Andre Odendaal
Introduction: The Sport of Empire
The Ideal Colonist
The Imperial Game
Cricket's Laird
Money Politics
Wickets and War
Final Innings
Afterword: Imperialism at the Crease
Cast Biographies
Literary Considerations