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Terrific Majesty

The Powers of Shaka Zulu and the Limits of Historical Invention

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$38.00 • £30.95 • €34.00

ISBN 9780674874466

Publication Date: 08/01/1998


294 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

16 halftones, 1 map


  • Acknowledgements
  • Orthographic and Terminological Notes
  • Abbreviations
  • Map
  • Introduction
  • 1. Painted Chests, Academic Body Servants, and Visions of Modern Airlines: Shaka in Contemporary Discourses
  • 2. The Origins of the Image of Shaka
  • 3. The Men Who Would be Shaka: Shaka as a Model for the Natal Native Administration
  • 4. “The Establishment of a Living Source of Tradition”: James Stuart and the Genius of Shakan Despotism
  • 5. Shaka as Metaphor, Memory, and History in Apartheid South Africa
  • 6. “The Government Resembles Tshaka”
  • Glossary
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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