January 2017

Evaluation of Tshaka’s rule

By |2022-09-15T12:36:54+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 |2022-09-15T12:36:55+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 |2022-09-15T12:36:55+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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Political Organisation of the Zulu State

By |2022-09-15T12:36:56+02:00January 31st, 2017|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

Raiding was an important part of the Zulu Economy.Image credit distractify.com

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

  • The economy was centralized and controlled by the king. He was the sole distributor of war booty and food production.
  • The most important economic activity in the […]

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Expansion of the Zulu State under Tshaka

By |2022-09-15T12:36:56+02:00January 31st, 2017|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

A statue of Tshaka kaZulu. Image credit blogspot.com

ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: The Zulu State: Expansion of the Zulu State under Tshaka

  • Shaka consolidated his power series of battles with neighbouring states in which he raided, destroyed and absorbed.
  • By 1824 he had defeated all clans in the region or absorbed […]

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Military organization of the Zulu State

By |2022-09-15T12:36:56+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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Tshaka’s military innovations

By |2022-09-15T12:36:57+02:00January 31st, 2017|General|

Zulu war dance. Image credit ahram.org.eg

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

  • Shaka did away with most of the military tactics that had been in existence in Nguniland and improved them.

Weapons

  • Shaka decided to abandon the long throwing spear assegai because he thought it was inefficient and replaced […]

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