Sources of Conflict in Southern Africa, c. 1800–30: The ‘Mfecane’ Reconsidered

@article{Eldredge1992SourcesOC,
  title={Sources of Conflict in Southern Africa, c. 1800–30: The ‘Mfecane’ Reconsidered},
  author={Elizabeth A. Eldredge},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  year={1992},
  volume={33},
  pages={1 - 35}
}
  • E. Eldredge
  • Published 1 March 1992
  • History
  • The Journal of African History
The so-called ‘mfecane’ has been explained in many ways by historians, but never adequately. Julian Cobbing has absolved the Zulu of culpability for ongoing regional conflicts, but his work is severely flawed in its use of evidence. Cobbing is incorrect to argue that the Delagoa Bay slave trade existed on a large scale prior to the disruptions beginning in 1817, and European slaving therefore cannot have been a root cause of political turmoil and change, as he claims. Cobbing correctly… 

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