"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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... conquerors who, through Shaka, drove outwards from Zululand and fanned out
over southern Africa up to the equator. Great was his joy to find, here and there, a
few aged ring-headed indunas (headmen) who still spoke the Zulu tongue and.
He was standing on the northern brim of the plateau, with Mdlaka and a few
indunas by his side. Nzobo, commander of the Bachelors' Brigade, and his
indunas occupied a similar position on the southern brim. Nqoboka and
Ngomane were ...
One of the indunas now brought forward the first litigants. They were two Royal
herdsmen, each in charge of a large herd in a depopulated area in Natal. Each
accused the other of encroaching on his grazing lands, and because of this
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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
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