Synopses & Reviews
The Zulu War of 1879 remains one of the best known British colonial wars and included two battles whose names reverberate through history. At Isandlwana the Zulus inflicted a crushing defeat on the British; the gallant British defence at Rorke's Drift followed and re-established British prestige. Yet as this book shows, there was more to the war than this. Six months of brutal fighting followed, until the Zulu kingdom was broken up, its king imprisoned and the whole structure of the Zulu state destroyed. Years of internecine strife followed, until the British finally annexed Zululand as a colonial possession.
Best-known for the landmark battles of Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana, the Zulu War of 1879 saw the Zulu kingdom destroyed, its king imprisoned and Zululand annexed as a British colonial possession. This book traces the course of the fighting, and assesses its historical significance.
This title covers one of the most dramatic periods of British and African history including the Zulu's victory at Isandlwana. It assesses not only the causes of the war, but traces its progress and the repercussions that are still felt today.
About the Author
Ian Knight was born in 1956. He was a freelance writer on military history for ten years before studying Afro-Caribbean History at the University of Kent. He has written widely on Zulu history and travelled extensively in Zululand. Ian was the editor of the Victorian Military Society journal for many years, and has written several books for Osprey.