Changing History: Jan-Jan Joubert talks to Charles van Onselen

The South African historian, sociologist and writer Charles van Onselen takes us back to the year 1896. In this year the Jameson Raid took place, a raid in which British people tried to overthrow the government of the Boer leader Paul Kruger. The attempt turned out to be a failure.

Van Onselen gives a new angle to this story, he did so after much research. During his research he came upon an American, who played a role in the attempted attempt to dethrone Paul Kruger. This American capitalist was John Hays Hammond. Van Onselen titled his book The Cowboy Capitalist. 

Read more about this book here.


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