The Washing of the Spears: A History of the Rise of the Zulu Nation Under Shaka and Its Fall in the Zulu War of 1879

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Da Capo Press, 1998 - History - 655 pages
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Filled with colorful characters, dramatic battles like Isandhlwana and Rorke's Drift, and an inexorable narrative momentum, this unsurpassed history details the sixty-year existence of the world's mightiest African empire--from its brutal formation and zenith under the military genius Shaka (1787-1828), through its inevitable collision with white expansionism, to its dissolution under Cetshwayo in the Zulu War of 1879.
 

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Contents

Introduction
8
Foreword
10
Foreword to the New Edition
13
Prologue
18
The Bantu
24
The Rise of the Zulu Nation
41
Port Natal
69
Dingane
110
The Defense of Rorkes Drift
390
The Flanking Column
422
Aftermath
435
The Left Flank Column
468
The Second Invasion
499
The Prince Imperial
512
Ulundi
546
The Captains and the Kings Depart
577

Mpande
165
Confederation
214
The Coming of the War
267
Preparations
293
Invasion
320
Isandhlwana
353
The Ruin of Zululand
597
Notes of Zulu Orthography
616
Sources
618
Bibliography
624
Index
632
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About the author (1998)

Donald R. Morris, a graduate of Annapolis, served in the Navy and later in the CIA. In addition to two novels, he has written columns and articles for theHouston Post, Atlantic Monthly, American Heritage, Proceedings, and the Encyclopedia Britannica, among others. He lives in Houston, Texas, where he publishes the Donald R. Morris Newsletter.

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