Empire and Espionage: Spies in the Zulu War [NOOK Book]

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The Anglo-Zulu War may be best remembered for the military blundering that led to the astonishing British defeat at Isandlwana, but as Stephen Wade shows in this book, military action throughout the war was supplemented by the actions of spies and explorers in the field, and was often heavily influenced by the decisions made by diplomats. Examining the roles of both spies and diplomats, the author looks at numerous influential figures in the conflict, including John Dunn, who fought with the British during the ...
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Empire and Espionage: Spies in the Zulu War

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Overview

The Anglo-Zulu War may be best remembered for the military blundering that led to the astonishing British defeat at Isandlwana, but as Stephen Wade shows in this book, military action throughout the war was supplemented by the actions of spies and explorers in the field, and was often heavily influenced by the decisions made by diplomats. Examining the roles of both spies and diplomats, the author looks at numerous influential figures in the conflict, including John Dunn, who fought with the British during the campaign, becoming ruler of part of Zululand after its conquest and even being presented to Queen Victoria. Diplomats include Sir Theophilus Shepstone, who was responsible for directing native affairs in Natal, and was so respected by the Zulus they called him Father . This unique and fascinating account of espionage and diplomacy in the nineteenth century demonstrates not only a side of warfare rarely considered in traditional histories of the period, but also gives examples of individuals who were able to earn the respect and trust of the native peoples, another rarely seen facet of the colonial period.
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...illuminates some rather rare imperial operatives who managed to earn the respect and trust of native peoples and it delivers an intriguing and in-depth account of a key aspect of the war."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844685523
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword
  • Publication date: 9/20/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 556,272
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Stephen Wade is a professional writer specialising in regional crime, family heritage and nineteenth century history. He has written numerous books for Pen and Sword, most recently Britain's Most Notorious Hangmen, Tracing Your Police Ancestors and DNA Investigations. He lives near Scunthorpe.
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Table of Contents

Illustrations vi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Two Adventurers 9

Chapter 2 Intelligence Establishment in the 1870s 15

Chapter 3 Diplomats and Border Agents: The Prelude 26

Chapter 4 Lessons of Isandlwana 36

Chapter 5 Khambula, Eshowe and Ulundi 48

Chapter 6 The Hunt for Cetshwayo 63

Chapter 7 Personnel and Personalities 67

Chapter 8 Correspondents, Media and Knowledge 85

Chapter 9 The Empire, Intelligence and the Zulu Experience 98

Chapter 10 Communications: Humint to Helioscope 113

Chapter 11 Theorists, Amateurs and Soldiers 126

Chapter 12 Conclusions 142

Time Line 152

Acknowledgements 154

Sources and Bibliography 155

Notes 169

Index 177

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