The rise of the zulu and other nguni chiefdoms marked the beginning of the mfecane, a time of wars and wandering defeated peoples fled into new regions and. African studies seminar paper to be presented in rw 400pm march 1984 title: the case against the mfecane by: julian cobbing no. Free essay: topic – discuss the causes of the mfecane, taking into consideration the variety of historiography on this event although no one. This is what are the different interpretations of the mfecane by choices program on vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people. Mfecane was a deliberate falsification by europeans to blame the violence and disorder on the african people in an effort to avoid accountability for the impact.
The word mfecane is derived from xhosa terms: ukufaca 'to become thin from hunger' and fetcani 'starving intruders' mfecane refers to a period of political. Mfecane also known by the sesotho name difaqane or lifaqane was a period of widespread chaos and warfare among indigenous ethnic communities in. A third view of the cobbing controversy on the mfecane/difaqane put on a special option course on the mfecane by his head of department.
A hotly contested issue in the debate on south africa's mfecane which enlivened the pages of this journal a decade ago was the charge that colonial historians. The history of the continent from an african perspective with hundreds of pages, and multi-media, the bbc investigates the events and characters that have. The difaqane: the mfecane in the southern sotho area, 1822-241 by william f lye perhaps the most cathartic event to take place among.
The “mfecane” was a notion that existed virtually unchallenged in the other things, the plural “wars of shaka” were relabelled as the singular “mfecane”. The section below on the mfecane can be used as an introduction to this section it is important to note that caps 2011 does not require it to be. Was the mfecane a figment of historians' imagination as julian cobbing contends how large a responsibility do shaka and the zulu people bear for the social.
Mfecane refers to a period of political disruption and population migration in southern africa during the 1820s and 1830s. Mfecane was the period of widespreading warfare plundening disturbances, destruction andmigrations in zulu land and in some other parts of. Existing famines also worsened during the mfecane, leading to the origin of a few cheap jokes about european missionaries being cooked up. Shaka's zulu kingdom and the mfecane wars, 1817–1828 until the late eighteenth century the bantu-speaking mixed farmers south of the.
We must temporarily leave the boers and their plans and turn our attention across the country to what is now natal at the turn of the 19th century, the nguni . Known as the mfecane (`to be weak from hunger'), these upheavals completely rearranged the pattern of settlement in southern africa and left. South africa the mfecane went from strength to strength its elaboration in j d omer-cooper's zulu aftermath a nineteenth-century revolution in bantu africa . The mfecane as fetish in the last six years a major controversy has blown up among historians of southern africa about the historical reality or.
Mfecane, (zulu: “the crushing”), sotho difaqane, series of zulu and other nguni wars and forced migrations of the second and third decades of the 19th century. What are the different interpretations of the mfecane jeff guy film date: september 01, 2008 featured in the following curriculum: freedom in our lifetime:. So-called 'mfecane' has appropriately refocused attention on the more fun- damental causes of conflict in this period, especially in the role of slaving in. This thesis will aim to explore the relationship between the battle of dithakong and 'mfecane' theory in connection with the growing critique led by julian.