The Tribe that Washed its Spears: The Zulu's at War

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Pen and Sword, Jun 17, 2013 - History - 222 pages
The vast majority of books on the Zulus concentrate on their stunning victory at Isandlwana over the invading British Army and the tragedy of their subsequent defeat during the Anglo-Zulu Wars.??By tracing the long and turbulent history of the Zulus from their arrival in South Africa, where they were not indigenous as were the Koi and San population, and the establishment of Zululand, The Tribe that Washed its Spears is an important and readable addition to this popular subject area. It describes the violent rise of King Shaka and his colourful successors under whose leadership the warrior nation built a fearsome fighting reputation without equal among the native tribes of South Africa. It also examines the tactics and weapons employed during the numerous inter-tribal battles over this period. They then became victims of their own success in that their defeat of the Boers in 1877 and 1878 in the Sekunini War prompted the well-documented British intervention.??Initially the might of the British empire was humbled as never before by the shock Zulu victory at Isandlwana but the 1879 war ended with the brutal crushing of the Zulu Nation. But, as Dr Greaves reveals, this was by no means the end of the story. The little known consequences of the division of Zululand, the Boer War and the 1906 Zulu Rebellion are analysed in fascinating detail.??An added attraction for readers is that this long awaited history is written not just by a much published leading authority but, thanks to the co-author s contribution, from the Zulu perspective using much completely fresh material.??As reviewed in the 'Ashford Herald', 'Folkestone Herald' and 'Hythe Herald'
 

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Contents

The Emergence of the Zulus
1
Shaka and the Second Mfecane
8
Zulu Rituals and Customs
23
White Expansionism in South Africa and the Eight Frontier Wars
35
From Kings Shaka Dingane and Mpande to King Cetshwayo
55
The Emergence of King Cetshwayo
64
Defending their Nation
91
Isandlwana
104
Beginning of the End
164
Closure of the Zulu War
171
Long Live the King
185
Appendices
195
Blood River
197
Chelmsfords Orders to the Five Invasion Columns
198
The Ultimatum
200
E King Cetshwayo in London
206

To Rorkes Drift
115
Nyezane and Gingindlovu
125
Ntombe Hlobane and Khambula
137
The Zulu Defence of Ulundi and the Prince Imperial Louis Napoleon
152
The Battle of kwaNodwengu Ulundi 4 July 1879
158
Notes
209
Bibliography
217
Index
220
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Dr Adrian Greaves FRGS, a former soldier and senior police officer, has devoted the last 20 years of his life to studying the Anglo-Zulu War. He is the founder of the Anglo Zulu War Historical Society, the author of numerous works including the bestselling Rorke s Drift ( ) to which this book is a worthy companion. His books, The Curling Letters of the Zulu War, Redcoats and Zulus, Sister Janet, Who s Who in the Anglo-Zulu War (2 volumes with Ian Knight) and David Rattray s Guidebook to the Anglo-Zulu War Battlefield (Editor) have all been published by Pen and Sword Books Ltd.

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