"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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At this stage Shaka sent in his reserve regiment, the Fasimba, downstream to
effect a crossing there over the Mvuzane, ... The Izi-cwe regiment and another
which he had unobtrusively sent to the rear after the first clash, carried out a
... of 1820 Shaka sent envoys west of the Buffalo river to Ngoza, paramount chief
of the Tembus, conqueror of the Kuzes, Mbatas, Sitoles, Ntuli, Bele and others,
saying: 'Let us, the mighty ones, unite our forces and rule the world in peace.
'We were sent by our King to show his friendly disposition towards the Governor
and the White people; also to ask for medicines and so on.' 'What authority have
you from your King to show that you are sent by him?' 'We have nothing.
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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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