"The classic of African History -- a biography of Shaka Zulu, founder of the Zulu nation, born leader and brilliant general...E.A. Ritter grew up with the Zulus, earning their respect and accumulating a rich store of material during his long association with them. Shaka's life and deeds had been handed down by word of mouth from generation to generation, and they are here evoked with a sense of drama and an eye for detail." -- Back cover.
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CHAPTER 1 Zululand and the Zulus in the late Eighteenth Century BEFORE
proceeding with the mighty drama of Shaka ' s life it is necessary to give the
background of the Zulus and Zululand in the days of his father , Senzangakona .
Many of the most intelligent people beyond Shaka ' s boundaries who were
above military age moved with their whole kraals into Zululand , which now
indeed lived up to its name of ' Heaven - land ' . Because of their superior
intelligence they ...
Here lies the origin of the fantastic tales one hears about nearly every precipice
and waterfall in Zululand and the greater part of Natal and Pondoland . It is even
stated that Shaka frequently used this method of execution at his three residential
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nwdavies - LibraryThing
A fascinating book about a fascinating man and culture. I was left with the feeling that, had Shaka been living in, say, Europe and been white he would have been heaped with long lasting praise as an ... Read full review
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Originally written in 1955, I find this an excellent biography. Shaka began from a very low status position among his people and re-organized them into a very respectable, bronze or early Iron age ... Read full review
Zululand and the Zulus in the late Eighteenth Century
Birth and Exile
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