Shaka's Children: A History of the Zulu People

Shaka's Children: A History of the Zulu People

by Stephen Taylor
     
 

History has portrayed Shaka, founder of the Zulu nation, as a pitiless and savage conqueror. Yet British fortune-seekers of the 1820s found Shaka's Zulus a dignified people whose martial qualities were tempered by generosity and hospitality. Within a few years, as Zulu territory was threatened by expanding colonial populations, all this had changed. Taylor's resonant… See more details below

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History has portrayed Shaka, founder of the Zulu nation, as a pitiless and savage conqueror. Yet British fortune-seekers of the 1820s found Shaka's Zulus a dignified people whose martial qualities were tempered by generosity and hospitality. Within a few years, as Zulu territory was threatened by expanding colonial populations, all this had changed. Taylor's resonant and acute account conjures the atmosphere of the past through close adherence to contemporary oral sources. The Zulu world, its passions, intrigues and ideals, the sly white traders, the squabbling Boers, the thunderous battles and the bright African landscape rise fresh and startling from the page. Tribal orders are re-emerging in South Africa's first multi-racial democracy. Yet the Zulu - in the vanguard eighty years ago of the formation of the ANC - are now seen as rebels against the new order. Their past and their place in South Africa's history has taken on an urgent contemporary relevance.

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ISBN-13:
9780006384687
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.21(w) x 7.83(h) x 1.04(d)

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