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Myth Of Iron
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Myth Of Iron (Hardback)


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Over the decades we have heard a great deal about Shaka, the most 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. In Shaka's case, even these most basic facts of any person's biography remain locked in obscurity. Meanwhile the public image, sometimes monstrous, sometimes heroic, juggernauts on - truly a 'myth of iron' that is so intriguing, so dramatic, so archetypal, and sometimes so politically useful, that few have subjected it to proper scrutiny. "Myth of Iron: Shaka in History" is the first book-length scholarly study to be published. It lays out, as far as possible, all the available evidence - mainly hitherto under-utilised Zulu oral testimonies, supported by other documentary sources - and decides, item by item, legend by legend, what exactly we can know about Shaka's reign. The picture that emerges in this meticulously researched and absorbing 'anti-biography' is very different from the popular narrative we are used to.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: historical, political & militaryHistory & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalModern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900History & PoliticsRegional & national historyAfrican history Publisher: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press Publication Date: 06/02/2006 ISBN-13: 9781869140472  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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