The Aftermath of the Anglo-Zulu Warby Matthew Scott Weltig
The Zulu people of southeastern Africa grew to be a mighty empire under the leadership of King Shaka (1787-1828). Yet as European colonial empires set their sights on the African continent, Shaka understood the historic threats his people would face. And indeed, by the late 1800s, the Zulu were caught in the crossfire between the British Empire and the Dutchdescended Boers of southern African as they struggled to assert colonial dominance in the region.
Gr 7 Up
It is exciting to see a book on this conflict aimed at young adults, since most titles on African history deal, for the most part, with the ancient kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay; or with Africa's role in the Atlantic slave trade. Texts that examine the destruction of African nations by colonial powers in the 19th century are in short supply. Still, this tale of unrelenting misery for the indigenous people of what is now South Africa is almost too painful to read. The well-written text provides a detailed account of the devastation and ruin brought to Zululand by the British government and by Boer settlers, replete with text boxes that provide clarification and further explanation of what are often complex and confusing issues and events. Illustrations consist of both period photographs and paintings of the fierce fighting. Reckless bravery, treachery, cruelty, betrayal, and greed are all here, resulting in an absorbing, but tragic story.-Carol Jones Collins, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ
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