The Eight Zulu Kings

The Eight Zulu Kings
Author: John Laband
Publsiher: Jonathan Ball Publishers
Total Pages: 518
Release: 2018-08-17
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781868428397

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In Eight Zulu Kings, well-respected and widely published historian John Laband examines the reigns of the eight Zulu kings from 1816 to the present. Starting with King Shaka, the renowned founder of the Zulu kingdom, he charts the lives of the kings Dingane, Mpande, Cetshwayo, Dinuzulu, Solomon and Cyprian, to today's King Goodwill Zwelithini whose role is little more than ceremonial. In the course of this investigation Laband places the Zulu monarchy in the context of African kingship and tracks and analyses the trajectory of the Zulu kings from independent and powerful pre-colonial African rulers to largely powerless traditionalist figures in post-apartheid South Africa.

The Zulu Kings

The Zulu Kings
Author: Brian Roberts
Publsiher: Independently Published
Total Pages: 424
Release: 1975
Genre: History
ISBN: UOM:39015020715341

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Brian Roberts tells the story of the rise and fall of the Zulu dynasty in colourful detail. But it is the first two Kings -- the resolute Shaka and the fickle Dingane -- who dominate the book. Ruling when Zululand was independent and all-powerful, their tyrannical regimes transformed the tribal pattern in southern Africa. Shaka's wars devastated the surrounding territories and were responsible for the deaths of some two million Africans. Dingane fought fewer wars but, by aping Shaka's methods, was every bit as fearsome. The Kings are seen largely through the eyes of the extraordinary collection of white men who visited their kraals. How far the intrigues of these white adventurers influenced the fate of the Zulu Kings has never before been revealed. Until now their activities have been regarded as relatively innocent. By drawing on significant, unpublished material, Brian Roberts shows this to be far from the truth. Zulu history is thus presented in a completely new light. This is a saga of the Zulu empire at its height -- its bizarre customs, its bloodthirsty battles, its colourful rituals and, above all, its larger-than-life personalities.

The Creation of the Zulu Kingdom 1815 1828

The Creation of the Zulu Kingdom  1815   1828
Author: Elizabeth A. Eldredge
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 421
Release: 2014-10-30
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781107075320

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This scholarly account traces the emergence of the Zulu Kingdom in South Africa in the early nineteenth century, under the rule of the ambitious and iconic King Shaka. In contrast to recent literary analyses of myths of Shaka, this book uses the richness of Zulu oral traditions and a comprehensive body of written sources to provide a compelling narrative and analysis of the events and people of the era of Shaka's rule. The oral traditions portray Shaka as rewarding courage and loyalty and punishing failure; as ordering the targeted killing of his own subjects, both warriors and civilians, to ensure compliance to his rule; and as arrogant and shrewd, but kind to the poor and mentally disabled. The rich and diverse oral traditions, transmitted from generation to generation, reveal the important roles and fates of men and women, royal and subject, from the perspectives of those who experienced Shaka's rule and the dramatic emergence of the Zulu Kingdom.

Zulu Empire Decolonised

Zulu Empire Decolonised
Author: Shalo Mbatha
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 402
Release: 2021-06-11
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 0620897821

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The first ever written Zulu history book covering 800 years of authentic history, written from the traditional Zulu perspective. This riveting and climatic saga describes in detail how King Shaka kaSenzangakhona constructed a formidable military empire out of a small, humble Zulu community. The author uses the royal lineage of the Zulu kings as the golden thread to tie the narration of the Zulu nation together. With mise-en-scene, descriptive historical events uncovered and woven together with never-before-told, intimate details of the Zulu royal household; the reader gains a holistic and evenly weighted understanding of the Zulu empire outside of the European perspective. With a foreword of endorsement in authenticity written by the reigning sovereign Zulu King, the book starts with the Zulu perspective of creation, Zulu mythology, culture and their unparalleled military feats. It describes how seasons are interpreted, the names of the planets, stars as well as the structure of the Zulu calendar. It details how King Shaka kaSenzangakhona invented genius military strategies to achieve the impossible and defeated the great British army at iSandlwana, at its peak during the colonial era. Zulu Empire Decolonised is packed with critical historical events that shaped the outcome of what we know of the Zulu nation and democratic 21st century South Africa.

The House of Shaka

The House of Shaka
Author: Charles Ballard
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 152
Release: 1988
Genre: Zulu (African people)
ISBN: UVA:X001634326

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The Other Zulus

The Other Zulus
Author: Michael R. Mahoney
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 308
Release: 2012-07-04
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780822353096

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A detailed history explaining how and why, in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth, Africans from the British colony of Natal transformed their ethnic self-identification, constructing and claiming a new Zulu identity.

The King s Assegai

The King s Assegai
Author: Bertram Mitford
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 316
Release: 1894
Genre: English fiction
ISBN: NWU:35556039374673

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The Assassination of King Shaka

The Assassination of King Shaka
Author: John Laband
Publsiher: Jonathan Ball Publishers
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2017-08-03
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781868428083

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In this riveting new book, John Laband, pre-eminent historian of the Zulu Kingdom, tackles some of the questions that swirl around the assassination in 1828 of King Shaka, the celebrated founder of the Zulu Kingdom and war leader of legendary brilliance: Why did prominent members of the royal house conspire to kill him? Just how significant a part did the white hunter-traders settled at Port Natal play in their royal patron's downfall? Why were Shaka's relations with the British Cape Colony key to his survival? And why did the powerful army he had created acquiesce so tamely in the usurpation of the throne by Dingane, his half-brother and assassin? In his search for answers Laband turns to the Zulu voice heard through recorded oral testimony and praise-poems, and to the written accounts and reminiscences of the Port Natal trader-hunters and the despatches of Cape officials. In the course of probing and assessing this evidence the author vividly brings the early Zulu kingdom and its inhabitants to life. He throws light on this elusive character of and his own unpredictable intentions, while illuminating the fears and ambitions of those attempting to prosper and survive in his hazardous kingdom: a kingdom that nevertheless endured in all its essential characteristics, particularly militarily, until its destruction fifty one years later in 1879 by the British; and whose fate, legend has it, Shaka predicted with his dying breath.