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Van Onselen, Charles


Masked Raiders

Irish Banditry in Southern Africa, 1880–1899 Charles van Onselen

Before the railway system linked South Africa’s major cities in the mid-1890s, the country was largely dependent on a horse-drawn economy. Diamonds from Griqualand West and gold from the Witwatersrand were transported by coach and horses to distant ports for export. For some Irish soldiers based at... More


The Cowboy Capitalist

John Hays Hammond, the American West, and the Jameson Raid in South Africa Charles van Onselen

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 more than a century, the failed revolution has been interpreted through the lens of British imperialism, with responsibility laid... More