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A History of South Africa by Leonard Monteath Thompson. Covers the region's history from the earliest known human habitation to modern times.
Mining the Future: The Bafokeng Story. How Bafokeng people held onto their land and heritage through 150 years of upheaval in South Africa. Includes the history and lineage of the first 40 Bafokeng dikgosi (kings).
Looking for Lovedu: A Woman's Journey Across Africa by Ann Jones. An American journalist tells the story of her search for the legendary Lovedu, a tribe ruled by a rain-making queen and dedicated to ideals of cooperation, tolerance, and peace.
She by H. Rider Haggard. Classic 1887 novel about a 2000-year old African queen, inspired by the legend of the Rain Queen of the Lobedu people.
The Zulu Kings by Brian Roberts. Tells the story of the rise and fall of the Zulu dynasty, especially the first two kings -- the resolute Shaka and the fickle Dingane.
The Formation of the Zulu Kingdom in South Africa, 1750-1840 by James Oliver Gump. Argues that the Zulu kingdom did not emerge as a revolutionary outburst; rather, that state formation among the northern Nguni-speaking peoples began as much as a half-century before Shaka.
The Zulu Kings and Their Armies by Jonathan Sutherland, Diane Canwell. Covering nearly one hundred years of Zulu military history, this book studies the armies, weapons, and tactics of the five Zulu kings from Shaka to Dinizulu.
Shaka's Children: A History of the Zulu People by Stephen Taylor.
A Zulu King Speaks: Statements Made by Cetshwayo Kampande on the History and Customs of His People by King Cetshwayo, edited by John B. Wright. About Cetewayo, King of Zululand, who lived 1826-1884.
The Washing of the Spears by Donald R. Morris. A history of the rise of the Zulu nation under Shaka and its fall in the Zulu War of 1879. Introduction by Mangosuthu Chief Buthelezi.
The Creation of the Zulu Kingdom, 1815-1828: War, Shaka, and the Consolidation of Power by Elizabeth A. Eldredge. This book uses Zulu oral traditions and written sources to provide a narrative and analysis of the events and people of Shaka's era.
Myths of Iron: Shaka in History by Dan Wylie. We do not know when Shaka Zulu was born, what he looked like, when or why he was assassinated. This scholarly study presents all the available evidence and decides what exactly we can know about Shaka's reign.
The Assassination of King Shaka: Zulu History's Dramatic Moment by John Laband. Why did prominent members of the royal house conspire to kill King Shaka? This book is based on Zulu oral testimony and other evidence.
Shaka by Dan Wylie. A brief introduction to the life and reign of Shaka Zulu.
Shaka Zulu by E. A. Ritter. Biography of the great Zulu chief.
Zulu: The Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879 by Saul David.
Terrific Majesty: The Powers of Shaka Zulu and the Limits of Historical Invention by Carolyn Hamilton.
Chaka by Thomas Mofolo and Daniel Kunene is a fictional account of Shaka Zulu's life.
AmaZulu by Walter Golightly. First novel in a trilogy about warrior king Shaka Zulu.
Rule of Fear: Dingane, King of the Zulu by Peter Becker. Biography of the half-brother of Shaka Zulu who assassinated Shaka and usurped his throne.
African Perspectives of King Dingane kaSenzangakhona: The Second Monarch of the Zulu Kingdom by Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu. Examines the active role played by Africans in the pre-colonial production of historical knowledge in South Africa.
Zulu Terror: The Mfecane Holocaust, 1815-1840 by Robin Binckes. Faced with the wrath of the great King Shaka, Mzilikazi, founder of the Matabele kingdom, fled with his followers, cutting a swathe of destruction and genocide across southern Africa.
Landscape Transformation and the Archaeology of Impact: Social Disruption and State Formation in Southern Africa by Warren R. Perry. Investigates the colonization of southeastern Africa from 1500 to 1900. Topics include the Mfecane period, 1816 to 1840.
The Mfecane Aftermath: Reconstructive Debates in Southern African History edited by Carolyn Hamilton. Was the Mfecane a figment of historians' imagination? How large a responsibility do Shaka and the Zulu people bear for the social turbulence in the early decades of the 19th century?
Long Walk to Freedom is the autobiography of Nelson Mandela (who was a ward of the paramount chief of the Tembu tribe).
Mandela: A Critical Life by Tom Lodge. This biography draws on original sources to uncover fresh insights about Mandela, from his childhood to presidency of South Africa.
Mandela: The Authorized Biography by Anthony Sampson. Published in 1999; the author has known Mandela since 1951.
The King History Forgot: Makikele, the 19th-Century Legend of Phalaborwa, South Africa by Robert T.K. Scully, illustrated by Chris Freeman. Equal parts biographical fiction and cultural history, this is a look at the reign of sorcerer-king Makikele.
Nelson Mandela: The Tribal Prince Who Grew Up to Be President by Ann Kramer. Biography for children ages 4 to 7.
The Zulus by Robert Nicholson. For ages 9-12.
King Shaka: Zulu Legend by Luke W. Molver. In this graphic novel, African king Shaka Zulu seeks to uplift his people and expand his power while his own brothers conspire in secret. For young adult readers.
Shaka, King of the Zulus by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema is a children's book.
These DVDs are formatted for North American audiences.
Shaka Zulu: The Complete Epic Mini-series. Henry Cele stars as the legendary ruler in this acclaimed miniseries. From A&E.
46664, The Event - Nelson Mandela's AIDS Day Concert. Named after the number worn by Mandela during his 18-year imprisonment, this 2003 concert was created to draw attention to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.