Rise of the Zulu Kingdom
Although the history of the Zulu peoples traces itself back to the year 1709, the rise of the Zulu Kingdom in 1816 truly signified the apex of its rich and illustrious history on the African continent. Under its first ruler, Shaka, the Zulu Kingdom grew to consolidate control over much of southern Africa, establishing itself as the perennial ruler of the region. Comprising of territorial gains of almost 12000 square miles, the Zulu Empire was the product of military, social, cultural and political reforms aimed at expansion but in a mindset that stressed societal cohesion and professionalization as a means by which to achieve military and political success.
The year is 1825 and the Zulu Kingdom seems to be mighty beyond measure. The recent death of long-time foe Zwide, king of the Ndwandwe has served to further entrench the Zulu Kingdom as the sole ruler of the region. With Zwide’s death, further expansion of the empire is an inevitability, but the success of said expansionist desires remain wholly dependent on how Shaka and his council of advisors handle pressing concerns of succession, British imperialist encroachment as well as religious and social opposition to Shaka and his newfound policies. The Zulu Kingdom arose through careful and strategic planning on part of Shaka and his inner circle. However, creating a kingdom and sustaining it are two separate matters. The council now faces a plethora of problems, both within and outside its borders. How it answers the call will determine the survival or alternatively the doom of the Zulu Kingdom and its peoples.
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