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The Aftermath of the Anglo-Zulu War
     

The Aftermath of the Anglo-Zulu War

by 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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Sherrie Williams
Each book in this series presents a chronological analysis of a historically important conflict. The reasons behind each conflict are thoroughly discussed, and the effect on today's world is explored. A world view is given as the text explains how other nations affected (and were affected by) each clash. An example is featured in the Anglo-Zulu War volume, which features extensive discussion of the influence of European leaders on the African continent. The history that is discussed appears unbiased. For example, the volume about the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua discusses unethical American activity in aid of the Contras in an unvarnished and complete way. The good and bad points of warring factions in each conflict are discussed, with exploration of corruption and violence as well as societal improvements on both sides of each clash. Additional historical events covered by other books in this series include the Russian, French, Chinese, and Mexican revolutions; the French defeat in Vietnam; and the wars against the Barbary Pirates. The series is visually attractive and is heavily illustrated with color and black-and-white photos. Potentially unfamiliar words are defined within the text as well as in the glossary. Important people, concepts, and events are explained in colorful sidebars. Although these books might not see much leisure use, they will be thorough and efficient resources for report writers. Researchers will find the backmatter in each volume, which includes a chronology and a list of "Who's Who," to be very helpful. Reviewer: Sherrie Williams
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
The Zulu nation was born under the military leadership of Shaka, who became king from 1816-1828. The nation was whittled away as the British Empire and Boers struggled for dominance and more land in southern Africa. The disastrous Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 decimated the Zulu population. In order to rule, the British divided the Zulu territory into illogical groups (1879), each with a chief, insuring that peacekeeping would be a problem. Even today Zulus show loyalty to their kings although they have no civil authority. The narrative jumps to the twentieth century: the creation of the Union of South Africa (1910) and development of apartheid (ostensibly to keep order), freedom from British rule (1961), the end of apartheid (1990), and Nelson Mandela elected president (1994). Sidebars give further information. Photos and colored-in lantern slides of some of the principals break up the text. An extensive time line, a glossary, a list of short biographies, source notes, bibliography, lists of books, websites, and movies, and an index are included. This is one of the "Aftermath of History" series. This is data packed reading. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822575993
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2008
Series:
Aftermath of History Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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