publication . Article . 2011

Myth (De)Constructed: Some Reflections Provoked by Dan Wylie’s Book Myth of Iron: Shaka in History

Leśniewski, Michał;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2011
  • Country: Poland
Abstract
The aim of this article is to discuss perspectives on and interpretations of South African history in the early 19th century: in this case, an early history of the Zulu state and a biography of Shaka. Firstly it is an overview of Dan Wylie book, Myth of Iron: Shaka in History. This book, which is a very important voice in the discussion of the beginnings of the Zulu State, is a pretext to look at contemporary so-called revisionist historiography. Far from being averse to revisionist attitudes, it is useful to observe the method behind revisionist criticism as presented in this book – how it criticises earlier historiography and primary sources, and how it elabor...
Subjects
free text keywords: African studies, South Africa, historiography, 18th and 19th century, Zulu state in history, Shaka in history, interpretations of history and historical processes
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