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The Wedding Feast War (Hardback)

The Final Tragedy of the Xhosa People

Boer/Zulu War All Frontline Books The Victorian Era Frontline: Zulu/Boer Wars

By Keith Smith
Frontline Books
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781848326811
Published: 16th August 2012

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The last of the nine Frontier Wars fought between 1799–1877 was in many ways a 'prequel' to the more famous Zulu War of 1879, featuring as it did many of the British regiments and personalities who were to fight at Isandlwana, as well as being the final defeat of the Xhosa people and their reduction to lowly workers for the colonists.

This war saw conflict between the British authorities (the governor-general and the commander-in-chief) and the government of the Cape, leading to the dismissal of that government by Sir Bartle Frere, the Governor-General.

This book has made extensive use of British Parliamentary Papers, official War Office despatches and personal accounts and correspondence to tell the full story of this neglected yet fascinating episode of South African military history, which provides an insight into the origins of and attitudes of the principal figures in the following conflict with the Zulus.

The Ninth and last Cape Frontier War of 1877–1878 finalized the subjugation of the amaXhosa people to colonial rule, yet it has for long been unaccountably neglected in the history of South Africa’s Hundred Years’ War. Keith Smith rectifies this omission in his authoritative, well-contextualized, balanced and thoroughly researched Wedding Feast War. It is the first book devoted entirely to this gruelling campaign with its pitched battles, desperate guerrilla resistance and merciless ravaging of Xhosa territory.

John Laband, author of Bringers of War

About Keith Smith

KEITH SMITH is a retired computer consultant with a long-standing interest in South African military history and has a Masters degree in the subject. He has published two books on the Cape Frontier Wars: Harry Smith’s Last Throw and The Wedding Feast War, also published by Frontline Books. Born in England, Keith now lives in northern N.S.W., Australia.

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