2. Imperial Roots; the Boer War; WWI Early Background


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A. Setting the Stage for WWI: Imperialism at Work

(a) Roots
(b) The Mercantile System - and Adam Smith
(c) Africa - from 1885

B. The Boer War: Origins and Outcomes

(a) The Finding of Diamonds and Gold
(b) Rhodes Attempts Overthrow of Transvaal Republic
(c ) Attempt Fails but British Push to Takeover Goes on and on!
(d) Jan Smuts (former Rhodes’ admirer) backs Transvaal’s rights
(e) The Boer War - Conduct and Costs
(f) Australia’s Involvement
(g) Self-defeating Outcomes

C. So What was it Really all About? Britain’s Slide into World War I

D. Sources

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