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Meredith, Martin

Overview
Works: 43 works in 377 publications in 5 languages and 17,668 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Contributor
Classifications: DT30.5, 960.32
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Martin Meredith
The fate of Africa : from the hopes of freedom to the heart of despair : a history of fifty years of independence by Martin Meredith( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 1,968 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a narrative of the last fifty years of African history, analyzing the factors which account for the political chaos, financial troubles, and civil wars which prevail in many African countries today
Nelson Mandela : a biography by Martin Meredith( Book )

32 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this, the first full-scale biography of Nelson Mandela, Martin Meredith vividly captures the epic arc of a life defined by struggle against the brutality of apartheid and its eventual defeat. He provides fascinating insights into the enduring friendships Mandela forged among whites and blacks alike, into the influential role played by his communist colleagues, and into his turbulent personal life. Meredith casts light upon the dark years of Mandela's imprisonment, when, mostly forgotten by the outside world, he was banished to Robben Island, South Africa's most notorious political prison. Yet Mandela survived years of hard labor and mistreatment to emerge as a powerful symbol of national reconciliation, and his ultimate triumph was honored and acclaimed around the world. As a champion of peace and a father of a new nation, Nelson Mandela is a hero in a world where heroes are few in number
Coming to terms : South Africa's search for truth by Martin Meredith( Book )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 1,531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... an unprecedented look at the moral and political issues that shaped the Truth Commission ..."--Jacket
Diamonds, gold, and war : the British, the Boers, and the making of South Africa by Martin Meredith( Book )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of the tumultuous period leading up to the 1910 founding of the modern state of South Africa explores how the discovery of vast diamond and gold deposits led to a fierce struggle between the British and the Boers for control of the region
The first dance of freedom : Black Africa in the postwar era by Martin Meredith( Book )

21 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 1,188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fortunes of Africa : a 5000-year history of wealth, greed, and endeavour by Martin Meredith( Book )

24 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and Dutch and held by 1,094 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Africa has been coveted for its riches ever since the era of the Pharoahs. In past centuries, it was the lure of gold, ivory and slaves that drew fortune-seekers, merchant-adventurers and conquerors from afar. In modern times, the focus of attention is on oil, diamonds and other valuable minerals. Land was another prize. The Romans relied on their colonies in north Africa for vital grain shipments to feed the population of Rome. Arab invaders followed in their wake, eventually colonising the entire region. In modern times, foreign corporations have acquired huge tracts of land to secure food supplies needed abroad, just as the Romans did. In this vast and vivid panorama of history, Martin Meredith follows the fortunes of Africa over a period of 5,000 years. With compelling narrative, he traces the rise and fall of ancient kingdoms and empires; the spread of Christianity and Islam; the enduring quest for gold and other riches; the exploits of explorers and missionaries; and the impact of European colonisation. He examines too the fate of modern African states and concludes with a glimpse of their future. His cast of characters includes religious leaders, mining magnates, warlords, dictators and many other legendary figures, among them Mansa Musa, ruler of the medieval Mali empire, said to be the richest man the world has ever known. 'I speak of Africa,' Shakespeare wrote, 'and of golden joys'. This is history on an epic scale
Born in Africa : the quest for the origins of human life by Martin Meredith( Book )

26 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the efforts of anthropologists, archeologists, and other scientists to uncover the many mysteries of human origins
Elephant destiny : biography of an endangered species in Africa by Martin Meredith( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,041 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the history of the African elephant from the discovery of its origins to the late twentieth century, looks at what modern science has revealed about the elephant world, examines the appearance of elephants in myth, religion, and literature, and discusses how elephants have become endangered and what can be done to halt their decline
In the name of apartheid : South Africa in the postwar period by Martin Meredith( Book )

12 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 1,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our votes, our guns : Robert Mugabe and the tragedy of Zimbabwe by Martin Meredith( Book )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Robert Mugabe was once hailed around the world as a revolutionary hero. After a fierce civil war against white minority rule in Rhodesia, he emerged as the new leader of Zimbabwe, embracing the cause of reconciliation and racial harmony. Hopes were high that Mugabe had the intelligence, political savvy and idealistic vision to overcome the legacy of war and forge ahead with economic and social development. As Western governments lined up with promises of aid, Zimbabwe at independence in 1980 seemed destined for an era of peace and prosperity." "The honeymoon did not last long. Determined to gain total power through a one-party system, Mugabe unleashed a campaign of mass murder and terror against his political opponents in Matabeleland." "Today Zimbabwe is a country beset by violence and lawlessness, regarded by the international community as a pariah state. Its economy is in tatters. Determined to stay in power, Mugabe has used armed gangs to crush political opposition, subverted the rule of law, undermined the judiciary, harassed the independent press and vilified the small white community."--Jacket
The state of Africa : a history of fifty years of independence by Martin Meredith( Book )

29 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and Polish and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Focusing on the key personalities, events and themes of the independence era, Martin Meredith's magisterial history seeks to explore and explain the myriad problems that Africa has faced in the past half-century, and faces still. From the giddy enthusiasms of the 1960s to the 'coming of tyrants' and rapid decline, The State of Africa is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how it came to this - and what, if anything, is to be done."--Jacket
Mugabe : power, plunder, and the struggle for Zimbabwe by Martin Meredith( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and Russian and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"After a fierce civil war against white minority rule in Rhodesia, Robert Mugabe emerged as the new leader of the country now called Zimbabwe, advocating reconciliation and racial harmony. Hopes were high that Mugabe had the intelligence, political savvy, and idealistic vision to overcome the legacy of war and forge ahead with economic and social development. As Western governments lined up with promises of aid, Zimbabwe, at independence in 1980, seemed destined for an era of peace and prosperity." "The honeymoon did not last long. Determined to gain total power through a one-party system, Mugabe unleashed an unending campaign of mass murder and terror against his political opponents. Today, Zimbabwe is a country beset by violence and lawlessness. Its economy is in tatters; its people starving." "In Mugabe, renowned Africa expert Martin Meredith pieces together the political story of what happened to Zimbabwe and to a leader who once represented one of the world's best hopes for a democratic Africa."--Jacket
The past is another country : Rhodesia 1890-1979 by Martin Meredith( Book )

7 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diamonds, gold and war : the making of South Africa by Martin Meredith( Book )

24 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The prize was great -- not just land, but the riches it held, in the form of diamonds and gold. What became a country called South Africa was, until 1910, a vast and untamed land where great fortunes could be made (and lost); where great battles were fought (and lost); and where great men had their reputations forged, or dashed, or sometimes both. Martin Meredith's follow-up to his magisterial The State of Africa is an equally epic new history of the making of South Africa. Covering the extraordinarily eventful four decades leading up to the establishment of the Union of South Africa in 1910, it covers some of the most iconic tales of imperial history. The Zulus at Rorke's Drift; the Jameson Raid; the diamond and gold rushes at Kimberley and Witwatersrand; the Boer wars; the titanic struggle between the arch-imperialist Cecil Rhodes and his Boer rival, Paul Kruger -- DIAMONDS, GOLD AND WAR brings all of these and more together in a stunningly coherent and compelling narrative. History, somehow, just isn't as colourful any more
Mandela : a biography by Martin Meredith( Book )

22 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nelson Mandela stands out as one of the most admired political figures of the twentieth century. It was his leadership and moral courage above all that helped to deliver a peaceful end to apartheid in South Africa after years of racial division and violence and to establish a fledgling democracy there
The fate of Africa : a history of the continent since independence by Martin Meredith( Book )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Reviewers hailed The Fate of Africa as one of decade's most important works on Africa when it was first published. Now author Martin Meredith has revised this classic history to incorporate important recent developments, including the Darfur crisis in Sudan, Robert Mugabe's continued destructive rule in Zimbabwe, controversies over Western aid and exploitation of Africa's resources, the growing importance and influence of China, and the democratic movement roiling the North African countries of Tunisia and Egypt."--Back cover
The state of Africa : a history of the continent since independence by Martin Meredith( Book )

20 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reviewers Hailed the Fate of Africa as one of the decade's most important works on Africa when it was first published. Now author Martin Meredith has revised this classic history to incorporate important recent developments, including the Darfur crisis in Sudan, Robert Mugabe's continued destructive rule in Zimbabwe, controversies over Western aid and exploitation of Africa's resources, the growing importance and influence of China, and the democratic movement roiling the North African countries of Tunisia and Egypt
Our votes, our guns : Robert Mugabe and the tragedy of Zimbabwe by Martin Meredith( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mugabe : power and plunder in Zimbabwe by Martin Meredith( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El libro cuenta la trágica historia política de Zimbabue y de Robert Mugabe, quien en un principio representó una esperanza democrática en África, pero terminó convertido en un cruel dictador
Africa's elephant : a biography by Martin Meredith( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and German and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The fate of Africa : from the hopes of freedom to the heart of despair : a history of fifty years of independence
Alternative Names
Martin Meredith British historian, journalist and biographer

Martin Meredith Brits historicus

Martin Meredith historiador, jornalista e biógrafo britânico

Martin Meredith historiador, periodista y biógrafo británico

Martin Meredith historiador, xornalista e biógrafo británico

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Languages
English (308)

German (4)

Dutch (4)

Polish (1)

Russian (1)

Covers
Nelson Mandela : a biographyComing to terms : South Africa's search for truthDiamonds, gold, and war : the British, the Boers, and the making of South AfricaBorn in Africa : the quest for the origins of human lifeElephant destiny : biography of an endangered species in AfricaOur votes, our guns : Robert Mugabe and the tragedy of ZimbabweThe state of Africa : a history of fifty years of independenceMugabe : power, plunder, and the struggle for Zimbabwe