"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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Shaka's total force numbered about 750 men. Pungashe's Butelezis, about 600
strong, were drawn up in four or five lines, with a total frontage of about 200 yards
. Pungashe himself sat at a safe distance on a knoll far behind his force. Before ...
Although Shaka did not participate in the hostilities of this campaign, the fact that
he had a powerful force on Zwide's flank prevented the latter from exploiting his
success over the Mtetwa army and overrunning their country. For with Shaka's ...
When the Ndwandwes found that they had surrounded the Zulu force at Qokli hill,
and thinking that all the Zulu cattle were being driven southwards out of their
reach, they would assuredly detach a large force to go after the cattle. By the time
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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
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