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Zulu WarriorsThe Battle for the South African Frontier$
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John Laband

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300180312

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300180312.001.0001

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The Shadow of Isandlwana

The Shadow of Isandlwana

(p.3) Chapter 1 The Shadow of Isandlwana
Zulu Warriors

John Laband

Yale University Press

When the British embarked on a series of campaigns to unify southern Africa under imperial control, several African polities resisted the British by force of arms. In 1879, the Zulu kingdom under the leadership of King Cetshwayo kaMpande might have been the most powerful African state in southern Africa. This chapter recounts the heroism of the Zulu warriors who sacrificed their lives to preserve their land and kin against the European conquerors. The Zulu victory at Isandlwana in 1879 is an exception to the rule that Europeans, with their technological superiority, always prevail in in battles.

Keywords:   southern Africa, Zulu kingdom, King Cetshwayo kaMpande, Zulu warriors, British force, Europeans

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