"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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During the two or three years of his stay in the military kraal, milk-drinking and
cattle-herding, he had been confined entirely to ... So soon as there seemed to
the king a sufficiency of unenlisted youths in the military kraals, a brand- new
guild or ...
Behind the cattle came the army, headed by Shaka and his headmen, and, finally
, the maidens' regiments. ... Temporary shelters (amadlangala) had been built
within a radius of two miles of the Royal kraal; the military kraals Isi- Klebe and ...
any large-scale operation but spent most of its time in the cantonments provided
by the great military kraals. The absence of disease in the army was a
remarkable fact, especially when compared with the heavy mortality in
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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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