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The Dust Rose Like Smoke: The Subjugation of the Zulu and the Sioux
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 ...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by University of Nebraska Press
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This is a recent example of the kind of comparative history that used to be fashionable, one which builds on – and usefully departs from – earlier studies (e.g. George Fredrickson, John Cell) of white supremacy in the United States and South Africa. The foci of Gump's book are two of the most powerful indigenous nations within the U.S.A. and South Africa, namely the Sioux and the Zulus. Gump calls these nations “subimperial” because, in signing treaties with Britain and the Americans while ...more
My professor at the the University of San Diego wrote this book... I studied in South Africa with a class he was co-teaching and his book proved to be a great historical reference in terms of the history of the interactions between the Zulu/other native South African tribes and the British. Gump makes an interesting comparison study by using the Zulu and the Sioux as parallel colonialism/expansionism narratives. As mentioned below, the depiction of the Battle of Little Big Horn and that of ...more
This book was assigned reading for a college history class this spring. Well researched and well written. I had no idea of the similarities to both stories in this book. Without spoiling anything, it is very enlightening to read and at the same time very sad. It is recommended reading for anyone whether you are a history buff, or want to get a different perspective of "how the west was won", or how the Engish empire expanded.
Fascinating and eerie comparison of the similarities between the British subjugation of the Zulu in Africa and the American government's parallel subjugation of the Sioux in the US as a result of those respective governments' policies of imperial expansion and manifest destiny. It's very interesting to see how similar the Battle of Little Big Horn was to that at Isandhlwana even though they took part in very different parts of the world though only separated by three years' time.