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The Washing Of The Spears: The Rise And Fall Of The Zulu Nation (1965)

by Donald R. Morris

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Filled with colorful characters, dramatic battles like Isandhlwana and Rorke's Drift, and an inexorable narrative momentum, this unsurpassed history details the sixty-year existence of the world's mightiest African empire--from its brutal formation and zenith under the military genius Shaka (1787-1828), through its inevitable collision with white expansionism, to its dissolution under Cetshwayo in the Zulu War of 1879.… (more)
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    Zulu Victory: The Epic of Isandlwana and the Cover-up (Greenhill Military) by Ron Lock (John_Vaughan)
    John_Vaughan: Further reading on this tragic if brave battle.
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    Forging the Blades: A Tale of the Zulu Rebellion by Bertram Mitford (Artymedon)
    Artymedon: Mitford's action takes place more in the 1890s and admirably analyze through fiction the influence of European values such as laws, taxes and police, on traditional Zulu society.
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    The Boer War by Thomas Pakenham (John_Vaughan)
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    Rorke's Drift: The Zulu War, 1879 by James W. Bancroft (John_Vaughan)
    John_Vaughan: A rather 'graphical' but interesting version.
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    Tune That They Play by William Clive (John_Vaughan)
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A superb account of the Zulu Nation, an expanding and Imperial power that collided with the Boers and later Great Britain. Modern weaponry and warfare would prove to be the downfall of the Zulus, but not before they inflicted the greatest defeat England would ever suffer at the hands of spear-wielding warriors. Gripping and informative. ( )
  BruceCoulson | Mar 13, 2014 |
A huge great big book. Informative and fair minded as well as being able to write a pretty gripping battle. The account of the defence of Rorke's drift was alone worth carrying over 600 pages around for over a week. ( )
  Helenliz | Mar 31, 2013 |
1374 The Washing of the Spears: A History of the Rise of the Zulu Nation under Shaka and Its Fall in the Zulu War of 1879, by Donald R. Morris (read 20 Dec 1975) This is a truly excellent book. It tells the story of the Zulu nation, and is filled with fascinating material which I had not known of. The book tells the story of Natal, the first white settlements, and the rise of the Zulu nation, built by Shaka (who was killed 22 Sept 1828). The whole fascinating story of the Zulu War of 1879 is told, and of course the story of Isandhluana fought on Jan 22, 1879, and of Rorke's Drift. From this point on the account drags, except for the chapter on Napoleon's son, killed later in the year. The book ends: "The last independent king of the Zulus was now a homeless refugee without a throne, and his capital lay in ashes. His army had ceased to exist, and what remained of the regiments had silently dispersed to seek their home kraals. The House of Shaka had fallen, and the Zulu nation was no more." This is a truly outstanding book. ( )
1 vote Schmerguls | Feb 10, 2009 |
This is the best history of South Africa and it is written by an American! ( )
  vinnydigi | Mar 23, 2007 |
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