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Meredith, Martin

Overview
Works: 46 works in 429 publications in 6 languages and 17,629 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Contributor
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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 )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 1,957 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
Diamonds, gold, and war : the British, the Boers, and the making of South Africa by Martin Meredith( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 1,770 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
Nelson Mandela : a biography by Martin Meredith( Book )

33 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,717 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
Born in Africa : the quest for the origins of human life by Martin Meredith( Book )

28 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Dutch and held by 1,531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the efforts of anthropologists, archeologists, and other scientists to uncover the many mysteries of human origins
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 1,493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on decades of experience in the country and on his extensive coverage of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Martin Meredith tells a vividly South African story. But the issues involved are also utterly universal. In Meredith's view, for all the truth commission's dramatic achievements (and they were many), it left South Africa ultimately unsatisfied. The political parties condemned its report; whites largely ignored its work; and many victims felt that it robbed them of traditional justice. All that is true, and yet, viewed in global context, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a huge achievement, and its impact may seem even greater as time goes on. For all the limitations of South Africa's truth commission, it seems to have been more successful than anything else yet tried, in part because its designers could learn from the mistakes of nations that had come before. - Foreword
The fortunes of Africa : a 5000-year history of wealth, greed, and endeavour by Martin Meredith( Book )

29 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and Dutch and held by 1,318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Africa has been coveted for its riches ever since the era of the Pharaohs. 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 northern Africa for vital grain shipments to feed the population of Rome. Arab invaders followed in their wake, eventually colonizing the entire region. More recently, foreign corporations have acquired huge tracts of land to secure foo
The first dance of freedom : Black Africa in the postwar era by Martin Meredith( Book )

22 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 1,150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elephant destiny : biography of an endangered species in Africa by Martin Meredith( Book )

17 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and German and held by 1,093 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 994 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mugabe : power, plunder, and the struggle for Zimbabwe by Martin Meredith( )

21 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and Russian and held by 838 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."--BOOK JACKET
Our votes, our guns : Robert Mugabe and the tragedy of Zimbabwe by Martin Meredith( Book )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 764 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
Mandela : a biography by Martin Meredith( )

24 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 698 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 state of Africa : a history of fifty years of independence by Martin Meredith( Book )

30 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and Polish and held by 497 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
The fate of Africa : a history of the continent since independence by Martin Meredith( Book )

14 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 408 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 past is another country : Rhodesia 1890-1979 by Martin Meredith( Book )

7 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

26 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 274 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 state of Africa : a history of the continent since independence by Martin Meredith( Book )

27 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in English and Chinese and held by 222 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
Mugabe : power and plunder in Zimbabwe by Martin Meredith( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Politieke biografie van Robert Mugabe, die zich na zijn verkiezing als eerste president van Zimbabwe na de onafhankelijkheid van dat land in 1980 gaandeweg ontpopte als dictator
The past is another country : Rhodesia, UDI to Zimbabwe by Martin Meredith( Book )

8 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book describes the main political events in Zimbabwe during 1965-80 and provides background information on the causes of the mass exodus of Zimbabwean refugees during that period. After a brief historical review, the background to Rhodesia's 'Unilateral Declaration of Independence' (UDI) is given. The book focuses on the numerous international negociations which attempted to achieve majority rule in the country: the Tiger Talks (1966); the Fearless Talks (1968); the Pearce Commission (1972); the Kissinger Proposals (1976); the Geneva Conference (1976); the Anglo-American Initiative (1977); the Salisbury Agreement (1978) which lead to the establishment of 'Zimbabwe-Rhodesia'; and the Lancaster House Conference (1979). It concludes with the 1980 elections and the victory of Robert Mugabe's party, the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU). The growth, major personalities and policies of the liberation movements are also described
South Africa's new era : the 1994 election by Martin Meredith( Book )

6 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 74 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
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Diamonds, gold, and war : the British, the Boers, and the making of South AfricaNelson Mandela : a biographyBorn in Africa : the quest for the origins of human lifeComing to terms : South Africa's search for truthElephant destiny : biography of an endangered species in AfricaMugabe : power, plunder, and the struggle for ZimbabweOur votes, our guns : Robert Mugabe and the tragedy of ZimbabweMandela : a biography
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 (360)

Dutch (5)

German (4)

Chinese (2)

Polish (1)

Russian (1)