Stones of Contention: A History of Africa's Diamonds by Todd Cleveland

By Todd Cleveland

Africa provides nearly all of the world’s diamonds, but shoppers as a rule be aware of little concerning the origins and historical past of those valuable stones past sensationalized media debts of so-called blood diamonds.

Stones of competition explores the main advancements within the outstanding background of Africa’s diamonds, from the earliest stirrings of foreign curiosity within the continent’s mineral wealth within the first millennium A.D. to the current day. within the eu colonial interval, the invention of diamonds in South Africa ushered in

an period of extraordinary greed within which monopolistic firms exploited either the mineral assets and the indigenous staff. within the aftermath of worldwide battle II, the governments of newly autonomous African states, either democratic and despotic, joined monstrous De Beers and different firms to supervise and take advantage of mining job at the continent.

The ebook additionally considers the reports of a big selection of Africans — from casual artisanal miners, corporation mineworkers, and indigenous specialists to armed rebels, mining executives, and premiers of mineral-rich states — and their relationships to the stones that experience the ability to carry either wealth and distress. With photographs and maps, Stones of competition illustrates the scope and compexity of the African diamond exchange in addition to its effect on contributors and societies.

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