"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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Immediately after the grain harvest , in May 1819 , Shaka ordered all the
inhabitants living in a forty - mile - wide belt , from his northern boundary to the
Tugela river in the south , to carry their grain in the bags he had provided , and to
store it in ...
... who were stealthily to approach the sleeping Ndwandwes from the eastern , or
farther side , in the guise of returning friendly foraging parties . As both * He died
in 1906 at the age of 96 , and was the author ' s one living link with Shaka and ...
This point is specially stressed because Europeans - even most of those living in
South Africa - cannot understand why cow - dung is used , even at the present
day , to smear frequently the earth - floors of huts and rustic houses , schools and
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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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