January 2017

Evaluation of Tshaka’s rule

By |2017-01-31T11:43:23+02:00January 31st, 2017|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

Tshaka kaZulu

ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: The Zulu State: Evaluation of Tshaka’s rule

  • Shaka was a dictator and tyrant and performed many acts of inhumanity against his people and enemies
  • Shaka used terror and fear to rule his kingdom and consolidate his power
  • However some evidence available about Shaka sparing the […]

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Social Organisation of the Zulu State

By |2017-01-31T11:37:19+02:00January 31st, 2017|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

Zulu women dancing. Image credit zululandobserver.co.za

ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: The Zulu State: Social Organisation of the Zulu State

  • There was division of labour in the Zulu state, that is men did cattle rearing whist women did agriculture
  • Boys were taught to be aggressive whilst girls were taught to be submissive
  • […]


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Political Organisation of the Zulu State

By |2017-01-31T11:29:45+02:00January 31st, 2017|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu. Image credit ibtimes.co.uk

ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: The Zulu State: Political Organisation of the Zulu State

  • The smallest political unit was the kraal or village and it was under the rule of a kraal head or umnumzane.
  • The kraal head dealt with disputes and quarrels
  • The kraal […]

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Military organization of the Zulu State

By |2017-01-31T11:00:36+02:00January 31st, 2017|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

An old photo showing the Zulu army. Image credit satravelblog.com

ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: The Zulu State: Tshaka’s military innovations

  • Shaka kaZulu was the military commander
  • The army commanders and indunas were appointed by Shaka personally from the royal family
  • The army was very crucial in the day to day life […]

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The rise of Tshaka

By |2017-01-27T10:47:11+02:00January 27th, 2017|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

A painting depicting Tshaka. Image credit ancient-origins.net

ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: The Zulu under Tshaka: The rise of Tshaka

  • Shaka was born in 1787 as an illegitimate of Senzangakona who was a Zulu chief and Nandi a daughter of chief of the Elangeni tribe
  • During the time of his birth, the […]

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October 2015

Reasons why Tshaka was assassinated

By |2017-01-17T11:17:09+02:00October 6th, 2015|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

Tshaka the Zulu King(c1787-1828). Image credit myspace.com

Tshaka the Zulu King(c1787-1828). Image credit myspace.com ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: The Zulu under Tshaka: Reasons why Tshaka was assassinated.
  • He was an absolute ruler/tyrant.
  • He disrespected and often humiliated traditional chiefs.
  • He did not consult with his commanders.
  • He dismissed commanders at will often  for […]

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