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The Fall of Rorke's Drift (Hardback)

An Alternate History of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879

Boer/Zulu War Greenhill Books Greenhill: Anglo-Zulu Colour Books

By John Laband, Foreword by Ian Knight
Greenhill Books
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781784383732
Published: 30th September 2019

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'John Laband has long been the accepted authority on Anglo-Zulu War studies and his new work, The Fall of Rorke’s Drift, is proof of his expertise.' - Dr Adrian Greaves

The defence of Rorke’s Drift inspired Victorian Britain and has featured in a classic movie and numerous historical works – it is still remembered as an iconic British triumph in adversity. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded to the successful defenders.

But what if the Zulus had defeated the British at Rorke’s Drift? Would the Zulus have gone on to invade and devastate Natal? How would Britain’s other potential adversaries in the region, the Boers, have reacted, and with what effects on the future history of the British Empire and of southern Africa?

In this first ever alternate history of the Anglo-Zulu War, Professor John Laband asks – and answers – just these questions. Drawing on his vast knowledge of the period, he turns history on its head and offers a tantalising glimpse of a very different outcome, weaving a compelling narrative story of what could have been.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The title really does say it all what would have happened if Rocks Drift had fallen ? How much of history would have been changed. How would this have have affected High Commissioner Frere's and Lord Chelmsford's Zulu campaign what would have been the consequences of the 1879 war all are are addressed in this fascinating and very convincing book.

Historian John Laband deserves great praise for a wonderfully detailed and thought provoking account of what may have happened if Rorke's Drift had fallen to the Zulu army.

I would definitely recommend this if you have a interest in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, to these who enjoy philosophising over alternative history and to these who enjoy reading alternate history books you won't be disappointed.

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 John Laband

About John Laband

John Laband is Professor Emeritus of History at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, England, and a Research Associate at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. His books include The Rise and Full of the Zulu Nation (1997); The Atlas of the Later Zulu Wars (2002); The Transvaal Rebellion: The First Boer War (2005); Kingdom in Crisis: the Zulu Response to the British Invasion of 1879 (2007); the Historical Dictionary of the Zulu Wars (2009; Zulu Warriors: The Battle for the South African Frontier (2014); and The Eight Zulu Kings (2018).


About Ian Knight

Ian Knight is a historian and author specialising in the Anglo-Zulu War. He has written numerous books on the subject including Brave Men's Blood, The Anatomy of the Zulu Army and Zulu Rising; The Epic Story of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift.

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