Edgerton, Robert B., 1931-. Like lions they fought: the Zulu war and the last Black empire in South Africa

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Like lions they fought: the Zulu war and the last Black empire in South Africa

Published By: Original publisher New York ; London: Free Press ; Collier Macmillan Publishers. 1988. xii, 244 p., plates ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Robert B. Edgerton

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Zulu (FX20)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF History (175); Dance (535); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Chief executive (643); External relations (648); Military organization (701); Discipline and morale (703); Instigation of war (721); Tactics (725); Warfare (726); Aftermath of combat (727); Adolescent activities (883);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This book describes in great detail the war between the British and the Zulus in 1879 in the region now known as the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. Edgerton explores the meaning of warfare for the different men involved in the fighting; how the British and Zulus experienced combat; why they fought so hard; why they sometimes ran; and how they felt about fighting and about one another (p. x). Although a number of clashes between the combatants are described in the text, emphasis is placed on the major battles fought at Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift, and Gingindhlovu. Chapters 3 and 9 of this study, pp. 48-70 and 195-215 respectively, do not discuss the Zulu and have not been indexed for subjects.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 46

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. fx20-046

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-236) and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1961

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 2004

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1879

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Zulu (African people)


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