Terrific Majesty / Edition 1

Terrific Majesty / Edition 1

by Carolyn Hamilton
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674874463

ISBN-13: 2900674874465

Pub. Date: 08/01/1998

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Since his assassination in 1828, King Shaka Zulu--founder of the powerful Zulu kingdom and leader of the army that nearly toppled British colonial rule in South Africa--has made his empire in popular imaginations throughout Africa and the West. Shaka is today the hero of Zulu nationalism, the centerpiece of Inkatha ideology, a demon of apartheid, the namesake of a

Overview

Since his assassination in 1828, King Shaka Zulu--founder of the powerful Zulu kingdom and leader of the army that nearly toppled British colonial rule in South Africa--has made his empire in popular imaginations throughout Africa and the West. Shaka is today the hero of Zulu nationalism, the centerpiece of Inkatha ideology, a demon of apartheid, the namesake of a South African theme park, even the subject of a major TV film.

Terrific Majestyexplores the reasons for the potency of Shaka's image, examining the ways it has changed over time--from colonial legend, through Africanist idealization, to modern cultural icon. This study suggests that "tradition" cannot be freely invented, either by European observers who recorded it or by subsequent African ideologues. There are particular historical limits and constraints that operate on the activities of invention and imagination and give the various images of Shaka their power. These insights are illustrated with subtlety and authority in a series of highly original analyses.

Terrific Majesty is an exceptional work whose special contribution lies in the methodological lessons it delivers; above all its sophisticated rehabilitation of colonial sources for the precolonial period, through the demonstration that colonial texts were critically shaped by indigenous African discourse. With its sensitivity to recent critical studies, the book will also have a wider resonance in the fields of history, anthropology, cultural studies, and post-colonial literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900674874465
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
08/01/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
302

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Orthographic and Terminological Notes

Abbreviations

Map

Introduction

1. Painted Chests, Academic Body Servants, and Visions of Modern Airlines: Shaka in Contemporary Discourses

2. The Origins of the Image of Shaka

3. The Men Who Would be Shaka: Shaka as a Model for the Natal Native Administration

4."The Establishment of a Living Source of Tradition": James Stuart and the Genius of Shakan Despotism

5. Shaka as Metaphor, Memory, and History in Apartheid South Africa

6."The Government Resembles Tshaka"

Glossary

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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