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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
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. With his vast knowledge of the Anglo-Zulu War he turns history on its head and offers a tantalising glimpse of a very different outcome, weaving a compelling and never before-told story of what could have been.

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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).

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