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Masked Raiders: Irish Banditry in Southern Africa, 1880-1899

Charles Van Onselen

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ISBN 10: 1770220801 / ISBN 13: 9781770220805
Verlag: Zebra Press 2010, 2010
Neu Zustand: New Softcover
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Titel: Masked Raiders: Irish Banditry in Southern ...

Verlag: Zebra Press 2010

Erscheinungsdatum: 2010

Einband: Soft cover


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For two decades before a railway system linked southern Africa’s principal cities in the mid-1890s, the world’s richest supplies of diamonds and gold were transported by coach and horses to distant ports for export. For Irish soldiers based at Fort Napier, Pietermaritzburg, the temptation of this fabulous wealth proved irresistible: they deserted by the score and, as members of the criminal ‘Irish Brigade’, embarked on a spree of bank, safe and highway robberies.

Masked Raiders follows the wild exploits of legendary brigands like the McKeone brothers and ‘One-Armed Jack’ McLaughlin, who ravaged the subcontinent, from the mining towns of Barberton, Kimberley and Johannesburg to the borders of Basotholand, Bechuanaland, Mozambique and Rhodesia. With tales of heists, safe-cracking, illegal gold dealings, prison breaks and hidden roadside treasure, the book reveals the potency of the Highveld’s ‘criminal heroes’, a force—until now—largely hidden from history. With inimitable storytelling flair, Charles van Onselen illuminates the intrigue and influence of a secretive, oath-bound brotherhood.

About the Author:

A graduate of Rhodes University, Grahamstown, and St Antony’s College, Oxford, CHARLES VAN ONSELEN is an acclaimed historian and author of The Seed is Mine and The Fox and the Flies. His awards include the American African Studies Association’s Herskovits Prize, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies’ Trevor Reese Memorial Prize and the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction. He has published extensively in leading historical journals in America, England and France, and has been honored with visiting fellowships at Cambridge, Oxford and Yale. He is currently Research Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria.

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