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African Perspectives of King Dingane kaSenzangakhona

The Second Monarch of the Zulu Kingdom

  • Presents the first comprehensive textual and archival analysis of representations of King Dingane

  • Foregrounds African texts and viewpoints to construct an alternative to dominant white South African historiography

  • Argues for the centralization of indigenous African languages in the writing of South African history


Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

About this book


This book examines the active role played by Africans in the pre-colonial production of historical knowledge in South Africa, focusing on perspectives of the second king of amaZulu, King Dingane. It draws upon a wealth of oral traditions, izibongo, and the work of public intellectuals such as Magolwane kaMkhathini Jiyane and Mshongweni to present African perspectives of King Dingane as multifaceted, and in some cases, constructed according to socio-political formations and aimed at particular audiences. By bringing African perspectives to the fore, this innovative historiography centralizes indigenous African languages in the production of historical knowledge.


King Dingane South African history African History Zulu Kingdom Mgungundlovu Izibongo Zulu people African nationalism Black Consciousness History of Racism Race relations in South Africa

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa

About the authors

Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu is an Executive Director at the South African Democracy Education Trust, Professor of History at the University of South Africa, and a member of UNESCO’s Scientific Committee on the General History of Africa multi-volume series.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title African Perspectives of King Dingane kaSenzangakhona
  • Book Subtitle The Second Monarch of the Zulu Kingdom
  • Authors Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu
  • Series Title African Histories and Modernities
  • Series Abbreviated Title African Histories and Modernities
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-56786-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86001-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-56787-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 303
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Sub-Saharan Africa
    Modern History
    Social History
    Cultural History
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“This book makes a considered response to fields that reify the colonial master narratives of Empire today. Over a spread of deftly argued chapters, each with its own lens that draws from disparate sources of the oral tradition and journalism, it provides a compelling case for an alternative historiography of King Dingane, with a locus that is at once in the south and indigenous. Ndlovu has made an invaluable, timely contribution to the recent tidal waves of decoloniality, in South Africa and abroad.” (Kgomotso Michael Masemola, Full Professor of English Literature, University of South Africa)