The House of Phalo: A History of the Xhosa People in the Days of Their Independence

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University of California Press, Jan 1, 1982 - History - 281 pages
"In this first modern history of the Xhosa, J.B. Peires relates the story of one of the most numerous and important indigenous peoples in contemporary South Africa from their consolidation, through an era of cooperation and conflict with whites (whom the Xhosa regarded as uncivilized), to the frontier wars that eventuated in their present position as a subordinate group in the modern South African state"--Back cover.
 

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What a great informative book. I would like to do more research on ama-Mbalu and the Gqunukhwebes (my ancestors). This book has motivated me to learn more about my ancestors.

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Wow, what a great book! Its incisive and informative. I'd recommend anyone who wishes to know how the amaXhosa tribe came about to read it and if not for that, read it to know how the modern day Eastern Cape came to have so many English colonial names.
Both parents of my grandmother and grandfather moved to the Kentani (Centani) District from Middledrift (Xhesi in the Rharhabe area) to settle in Cebe village near Mazeppa Bay. I also found interesting to know that my clan name amaZangwa were originally amaMpondo. I'd like to read more material on that, if anyone has more information, kindly share.
It would be great to find this book in local book retailers.
Best Wishes!
 

Contents

THE FOUNDATION OF THE XHOSA KINGDOM
13
CHIEFS AND COMMONERS
27
FROM THE REIGN OF PHALO TO THE TRIUMPH
45
VISIONS AND INTERPRETATIONS
64
FROM NGQIKAS PEACE TO MAQOMAS
79
A BREAK OF SORTS 18361846
109
FIRE AND SWORD
135
THE BEGINNING OF THE END
161
APPENDICES
170
Footnotes
192
Bibliography
260
Index
276
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