(Shaka Zulu The Biography of the Founder of the Zulu Nation) [PDF/EBOOK] Æ E.A. Ritter
This is undoubtedly a fascinating story of the life of Shaka Zulu the founder of the Zulu nation Unfortunately the of the life of Shaka Zulu the founder of the Zulu nation Unfortunately the of torture were so graphic that I was unable to finish reading the book It is rare that I give up on a book but this one made me feel physically sick I am deeply aware of human s capability to inflict pain on ach other but this was one step beyond for me I m afraid Well written biography of the founder of the Zulu nation Buy Borrow or Burn Buy If you can find itThe best account of one of history s most interesting leadersOne Word Magisterial As is the case with any oral history there is likely a significant degree of fantasy thrown in for ffect That being said the author did very well sourcing verything he could from particular persons and his xperience living alongside the Zulu s albeit not in Shaka s time put him in a uniue position The story itself is very interesting and paints a vivid picture of the man that Shaka was Extreme in both tenderness and cruelty I particularly njoyed the conversations that Shaka had with the #Europeans his arly recognition of their power was both well spotted and ominousHighly recommended for anyone wishing to learn #his arly recognition of their power was both well spotted and ominousHighly recommended for anyone wishing to learn ShakaBayete How is this still categorized as non fiction Based on people who write GoodReads reviews this unintentional comedy is still being taken at face value as history Only a couple reviews here mention the historical inaccuracies and ven those rate the book positively This is a sort of darkly comic Zulu mythology written by a colonial apologist Ritter plays a full on omniscient narrator imagining wildly preposterous dialogs and blow by blow accounts of ven minor childhood fights most of which are started because young Shaka had a small penis I am not making this up unlike the author Ritter s dialog a doesn t have a very good grasp of isiZulu A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, eg spelling amaZulu Ama Zulu and translating that the chief in heaven b puts very British words into Zulu mouths In one of his first battles Shaka yells to his troops Stab lads stab Later Shaka observes like a regular Churchhill As I pointed out in the very beginning this form of warfare is stupid when warriors have to throw away their weapons This bc Ritter is big on the historically dubious idea that Shaka reinvented African infantry weapons along with strategies combat uniforms andven logisticsOf Shaka s various generals One uses an oversized spiked club to hold back an attacking army at the river and thereafter man club are called Watcher of the Ford and referred to as Watcher for the rest of the book One is killed in battle but later found to be snoring underneath a pile of corpses One bravely dies on the day he is prophesied to die attacking in the van as the personification Shaka Zulu was founder of the Zulu nation a born leader and a brilliant general This remarkable king was a co.
Read & Download Shaka Zulu The Biography of the Founder of the Zulu NationThe Shadow Reader endven though I knew what was coming from other sources I had read was still very sad and moving to read because during this lengthy book I had grown to admire this man and Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies even to like him at least in certain of his moods I might not have always agreed with his actions but this was of course a different time and a different culture and I am not in a position to judgeBefore this book I knew something of the times following Shaka s reign of what became of the Zulu nation but thisxplained so much how the Zulu army became so disciplined so feared in battle why Shaka s name was still spoken in awe so long after his death and why the Zulu nation was as impressive as
was So sad we English were responsible for its ultimate demise A great loss to Africa and the worldIf you re interested in the history of the Zulus or just want to read the fascinating life story of a fascinating man this book is well worth your time Highly recommended Mr Ritter has put Shaka s reign in its proper prospective using 1st hand accounts of people that lived during his life Using diaries of Englishmen who lived among the Zulu s during Shakas reign He also was fortunate to have the xprtise and papers from paternal grandfather and the oral histories from Zulu lders To really valuate the life of Shaka you papers from paternal grandfather and the oral histories from Zulu lders To really valuate the life of Shaka you to breakdown his life into three parts 1 before the death of his mother 2 during the year of mourning of the death of his mother 3 after the year of his mourning to his death 1 Before the death of his mother He ruled with a strict abherance of the laws and breaking of the laws ussually nded in death He was fair but harsh and ruled in compassion and incorparated conuered tribes into the Zulu nation He xtend his boundries from 100 miles to 100000 miles in extend his boundries from 100 miles to 100000 miles in 12 years he was a military genuis compared to the likes of Napoleon and wellington He changed native warefare and the glory of the zulu nation that lasted 60 years after his death he honoured courage and heroism He loved and honoured his mother all her life He was loved and acclaimed the greatest king in Zulu history 2 During the year of mourning of the death of his mother He became despondant and suffered from severe depression During this time period is when a majority of his most atrocious and ruthless killings took place 3 after the year of mourning to his death When he was himself again he went back to his arlier personality He always had a thirst for knowledge and he wanted the Zulu nation to be Like English able to read and write and to start an ducation amoungst the nation His reign was cut short before he could fulfill his vision for the Zulu Nation He is still thought of as one of the two most loved and greatest kings in Zulu history. Zed an immense army of skilled and disciplined warriors conuering and pacifying a territory larger than Europ. F a battle mad war god Of Shaka himself Shaka a born general discerned character at a glance Teenage Shaka defeats a giant who had been tormenting a village for years Multiple times he tricks his witch doctors and calls them out as fraudsThat last one is part of a theme Shaka abandoned traditional African values ie superstition and spontaneously developed rational democratic ideals along w a very British sort of stiff upper lip military discipline But funny not haha funny ideals along w a very British sort of stiff upper lip military discipline But funny not haha funny s wisdom and rationality fall apart when white men show up later in his life for instance when he childishly begs an English musket corps to join him in battle w their magic tentZero stars as history One star as fiction Five stars as a near perfect xample of the colonial fetishization of the Zulu myth This one is in my top 5 of all time Such an interesting character in history Shaka Zulu was a contemporary of Napolean and controlled land mass than Napolean ver did Great stories in this book and really interesting background on why the Zulu nation is so proud today At the ouset I felt this book might be a little too gruesome but the 910 year old class who I read it to really seemed to The author was born in 1890 in what is now known as Zulu land and wrote this book in 1955 After the first Boar War the author s father was appointed Native Commissioner and the author learned the Zulu language from his nurses and the time he spent with Zulu families This bookIt Was So Sad We
Is A Biography Of The Founder Of The Zulu Nationa biography of the founder of the Zulu Nation methods of combining small tribal groups into a single cohesive nation and his methods of defending this nation To me this was a great read about history of Southern Africa and written in a narrative format not just a list of dry facts and figures A lot of the information provided to the author was handed down via oral history with a lot of it verified by documented history in the later years of Shaka s life A fascinating book about a fascinating man and culture I was left with the feeling that had Shaka been living in say Europe and been white he would have been heaped with long lasting praise as an innovator master tactician talented General and mpire builder he would be spoken of in the same terms as Napoleon or Alexander The Great or the armies of Rome However he lived in Africa and was black and Monsieur Pain except for a select few no one outside of Africa knew of his amazing achievements his innovations in battle his moulding of a disparate group of tribes into one Zulu nation and not always through forceither Yes he could be brutal but no than many kings and mperors in Europe at the time But he also showed great care for his people and in particular his warriors Nevertheless he would be considered a savage by the civilised interlopers. Ntemporary of Napolean and his achievements rivalled the Emperor's For in the space of twelve years he organi.