Voices from the Zulu War

Voices from the Zulu War

by Ian Knight
     
 
The forces of the independent Zulu kingdom inflicted a crushing defeat on British imperial forces at Isandlwana in January 1879. The Zulu army was not, however, a professional force, unlike its British counterpart, but was the mobilised manpower of the Zulu state. In this ground-breaking study, Ian Knight details just how the Zulu army functioned and ties its role

Overview

The forces of the independent Zulu kingdom inflicted a crushing defeat on British imperial forces at Isandlwana in January 1879. The Zulu army was not, however, a professional force, unlike its British counterpart, but was the mobilised manpower of the Zulu state. In this ground-breaking study, Ian Knight details just how the Zulu army functioned and ties its role firmly to the broader context of Zulu society and culture. After surveying the Zulu army from its creation during the wars of Shaka in the early nineteenth century, and the subsequent development of Zulu fighting methods, Ian Knight focuses in detail on the structure and condition of the Zulu army on the eve of the war in 1879. This indispensable book describes such key topics as enlistment, organisation, training and equipment. He also considers Zulu war aims and strategy, their view of artillery and cavalry, and how they were perceived by their colonial neighbours. Most of all, he reveals how the Zulu army functioned in wartime, from preparatory rituals to battlefield tactics, and the shock of battle itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781473820333
Publisher:
Frontline Books
Publication date:
03/21/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,170,796
File size:
10 MB

Meet the Author

Ian Knight BA, FRGS is an acknowledged authority on the Anglo-Zulu War and the history of the Zulu Kingdom. He has written over 30 books on South African history and has advised on a number of TV documentaries. He is an Honorary Research Associate of the Natal Museum and Vice President of the Anglo Zulu War Historical Society. He lives in Sussex with his wife, two children and three cats. He travels extensively in Zululand

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