The War Between Great Britain and the Zulu Kingdom


An illustration of Zulu king Cetshwayo under British guard during the Zulu War. Illustration by Frank Dadd, Illustrated London News, circa 1879. Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Great Britain’s efforts to control southern Africa eventually led to a war with the Zulu Kingdom. A brutal series of engagements claimed the lives of many British and Zulu soldiers, though Britain’s portrayal of events minimized poor leadership decisions.

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Topics in this Podcast: African history, British history, 19th century, racism, military history, warfare

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