Blood and Diamonds


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Steven Press is Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University and author of Rogue Empires.


"Steven Press has written a disturbing, brilliant book. Courageous and deeply researched, Blood and Diamonds brings out the full measure of transnational intrigue, cutthroat capitalist competition, and sheer callousness at the center of this long-hidden, disheartening human catastrophe. A stunning new history."-Helmut Walser Smith, author of Germany: A Nation in Its Time: Before, During, and After Nationalism, 1500-2000
"Empirically rich and elegantly written, Blood and Diamonds will be received as an important landmark in the history of German colonialism and more broadly as an examination of the entanglements between colony and metropole. Press aptly combines meticulous scholarship with remarkable narrative talent."-Andreas Eckert, Humboldt University, Berlin

"Steven Press's history of conflict diamonds from Namibia under German rule shows German colonialism in a new light and in a broader context, extending into the Nazi era and beyond. Diamonds were a colonial fantasy with all-too-real consequences of premature death for African workers and of Germans' renewed anti-Semitism and willingness for war. Fluently written, provocative, and hugely informative."-Lora Wildenthal, author of German Women for Empire, 1884-1945

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