Ian D. Colvin

Cecil Rhodes

By Ian D. Colvin. Cecil John Rhodes (5 July 1853–26 March 1902) was an English-born businessman, mining magnate, and politician who won fame not only for being the wealthiest man in the world, sixth Prime Minister of the Cape Colony in South Africa, founder of the diamond company De Beers (which today still controls around 40 percent of the world diamond trade) and British Imperialist of note.

Rhodes was also the founder of the country which became known as Rhodesia. This remarkable book details much of Rhodes’s life which is often hidden from public view: his racial policies, which were firmly based on racial segregation; his ardent desire to seek conciliation and peace with the Boers, whom he regarded as of the “same race” as the British, and his support for Irish nationalism under the banner of European unity. Completely reformatted and illustrated.

About the author: Ian Duncan Colvin (1877—1938) was a British journalist and historian who worked at the Cape Town newspaper The Cape Times from 1903 to 1907, before taking up a senior position with the London Morning Post.


I. How Rhodes Went to South Africa

II. The Diamond Diggings

III. Rhodes and Barnato

IV. Rhodes Keeps His Terms

V. South African Politics

VI. The Road to the North

VII. The Consolidation

VIII. The Taking of the North

IX. Rhodes’s Policy of Union

X. The Jameson Raid

XI. The Matabele Rebellion

XII. The War

XIII. How Rhodes Died and Was Buried

XIV. Rhodes—The Man and His Work


63 pages. Paperback.


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Weight 2.97 oz
Dimensions 6 × 0.13 × 9 in

Ian D. Colvin

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