"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 thereupon issued instructions for the triumphal march back to Bulawayo -
his capital – some fifty miles away . Owing to the great number of captured cattle
– some 60 , 000 - they did not arrive there until mid - morning of the third day .
of nearly five miles an hour . The councillors each carried the customary stick
without which no Zulu travels . Behind them came the two sinister army . slayers
of stragglers ' , each armed with a broad - bladed assegai and carrying a shield .
She insisted on teaching him how to walk and talk and gave delighted squeaks if
he belaboured her with the wooden porridge spoon he was wont to play with As
Shaka was now principally at his new kraal Dukuza – fifty miles away - Nandi ...
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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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