The Dust Rose Like Smoke: The Subjugation of the Zulu and the Sioux / Edition 1

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In 1876 Sioux and Cheyenne warriors annihilated Custer's Seventh Cavalry on the Little Bighorn. Three years later and half a world away, a British force was wiped out by Zulu warriors at Isandhlwana in South Africa. In both cases the total defeat of regular army troops by forces regarded as undisciplined barbarian tribesmen stunned an imperial nation. The similarities between the two frontier encounters have long been noted, but James O. Gump is the first to scrutinize them in a comparative context. "This study issues a challenge to American exceptionalism," he writes. Viewing both episodes as part of a global pattern of intensified conflict in the latter 1800s resulting from Western dominion over a vast portion of the globe, he persuasively traces the comparisons in their origins and aftermath.
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Soldiers of the Queen

"An intriguing book which opens the doors for all manner of comparative studies, and thereby suggests that the process of interaction between indigenous peoples and imperial interlopers is much the same across the world. . . . an interesting and thought-provoking book."—Soldiers of the Queen

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803270596
  • Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback
  • Publication date: 9/16/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

James O. Gump, professor and chair of the Department of History at the University of San Diego, is the author of The Formation of the Zulu Kingdom in South Africa, 1750–1840.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations
Introduction 1
1 The Little Bighorn in Comparative Perspective 7
2 Frontiers of Expansion 27
3 Indigenous Empires 41
4 Collaborators of a Kind 55
5 Agents of Empire 73
6 Patterns of Imperial Overrule 95
7 Images of Empire 117
Conclusion 135
Notes 141
Bibliography 161
Index 173
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2006

    Comparative History and its Best

    An excellent comparative history of the two battles Isandhlwana and the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The similarities between the two battles are explained in appropriate detail. The author does a tremendous job of setting forth the history and circumstances leading up to the events. I especially appreciated his mentioning the indigenous conflicts that were occurring at the time that the United States and Great Britain sent armies into the the Sioux and Zulu homelands. The book is reasonably fair to all parties. This book would have received five stars had Mr. Gump explained why the English would interested in the Zulu nation in the first place. That area of history is lesser known to an American audience and a little more background would have been helpful. It was interesting to learn that while the treatment of these indigenous tribes was unforgivable, the Sioux and Zulu were aggresive expansionistic powers in their own right. All and all, the book is a valuable history that is easily and pleasing to read.

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