"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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Prior to this the assegai is carried pointing upwards . Shaka had decreed that to
punish Mgobozi for his ... with the emphasis on quality rather than quantity . Only
with a strong and efficient army could he carry out his plans , nay even survive ...
On the appointed day the trusting Donda and his Kumalo men were surrounded
and treacherously massacred to a man , as they were only armed with light
hunting - spears and carried no shields . The girls were carried off as booty ...
Whilst the training of the army was carried on with unabated energy , the
shieldmakers and smiths were kept busy throughout the land providing uniform -
coloured shields for the different regiments and the standardized stabbing blade
for the ...
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing
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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