Causes of the Mfecane

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Topic – Discuss the causes of the Mfecane, taking into consideration the variety of historiography on this event. Although no one can pinpoint exactly what caused the Mfecane, most believe the causes emerged at the end of the eighteenth and the start of the nineteenth centuries. Based on the historiography covering this event, historians believed many elements caused the Mfecane. Originally, everyone believed it was exclusively due to the rise and expansion of the Zulu nation under the rule of Shaka, but more recently, historians believe that although this played a major role in the cause of the Mfecane, it was by no means the sole cause. There are now many additional theories on what else contributed to the Mfecane. The primary theories…show more content…
33, No. 1 (1992))5 She went on to say that further evidence had been discovered that suggested that he was a ‘benign patron’ and that the idea that he was not was a myth. In the end, it can be said that the influence of Shaka and the Zulu Kingdom was a major part of the Mfecane. However, the historiography around the Mfecane is almost endless and it can be argued that almost all these factors are likely to have played a part in its causation. Without significant new evidence, discussion on this topic is unlikely to end. Reference List: * Mfecane – Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mfecane * Causes of Mfecane – Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mfecane#Causes * The Mfecane as Alibi: Thoughts on Dithakong and Mbolompo by Julian Cobbing – The Journal of African History, Vol. 29, No. 3 (1988), pp. 487-519 * ‘The Character and Objects of Chaka’: A Reconsideration of the Making of Shaka as ‘Mfecane’ Motor by Carolyn Anne Hamilton – The Journal of African History, Vol. 33, No. 1 (1992), pp. 37 – 63 -------------------------------------------- [ 1 ]. Mfecane – Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mfecane [ 2 ]. Causes of Mfecane – Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mfecane#Causes [ 3 ]. The Mfecane as Alibi: Thoughts on Dithakong and Mbolompo by Julian Cobbing – The Journal of African History, Vol. 29, No. 3 (1988), pp. 487-519 [ 4 ]. Causes of Mfecane – Wikipedia –

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