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Zulu Warriors: The Battle for the South African Frontier
by John Laband
Toward the end of the nineteenth century, the British embarked on a concerted series of campaigns in South Africa. Within three years they waged five wars against African states with the intent of destroying their military might and political independence and unifying southern Africa under imperial control. This is the first work to tell the story of this cluster of ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Yale University Press
(first published January 1st 2014)
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This is a detailed and compelling history of the British wars against African tribes and nations in southern Africa in the late 1870s, concluding with the destruction of the Zulu and Pedi nations in 1879. The research and documentation here seems first-rate, and I found Laband's insights into many of the motivating factors for these wars useful in my thinking about British imperialism in southern Africa. Laband goes into detail about the British use of African soldiers to fight in these wars, ...more