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Myth of iron : Shaka in history

Author: Dan Wylie
Publisher: Scottsville, South Africa : University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Over the decades we have heard a great deal about Shaka, the famous - or infamous - of Zulu leaders. It may come as a surprise, therefore, that we do not know when he was born, nor what he looked like, nor precisely when or why he was assassinated. This book lays out the available evidence - mainly hitherto under-utilised Zulu oral testimonies.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wylie, Dan.
Myth of iron.
Oxford : James Currey ; Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press ; Pietermaritzburg : University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2006
(OCoLC)679358442
Named Person: Shaka, King of the Zulu; Shaka; Shaka, King of the Zulu
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dan Wylie
ISBN: 1869140478 9781869140472 9780852554418 0852554419 9780821418482 0821418483 9781869141530 1869141539
OCLC Number: 65188289
Description: xviii, 615 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Stones for a distant grave : the question of Zulu origins --
Under pressure : regional contexts, c.1780 --
Behind the matting screen : birth, c.1781 --
Escaping the father : growing up, c.1781-1800 --
Waiting in the wings : accession to power, c.1800-12 --
Laying the foundations : early reign, c.1812-17 --
'The bulls of the herd have met' : turning points, c.1817-20 --
Holding the centre : consolidation, c.1820-3 --
Southward bound : on the move, c.1821-4 --
Comfortable asylum? : encounters with white settlers, 1824-5 --
Wars with words and guns : in control, 1825-6 --
Moved by grief? : tending towards aggression, 1826-7 --
White mischief : frontier rumours, 1827-8 --
Death and the aftermath : 1828.
Responsibility: Dan Wylie.
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"Those who present South African history as tied to regional and global processes, rather than a remarkable South African exceptionalism, will find an ally in this thorough and lively study." - Read more...

 
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