Podcast: Ireland the Anglo-Zulu War, 1879

A British column on the march in Zululand. (Courtesy of the National Army Museum)

Cathal Brennan and John Dorney discuss the confrontation between the British Empire and the Zulu kingdom in 1879.

We discuss the Irish involvement in the war and how it was perceived back in Ireland. First broadcast on the Irish History Show.

Based off this article.

We Discuss:

  • British imperialism in southern Africa, including Irish settlement
  • The expansionist policies that led to the war of 1879
  • The Zulu kingdom and its history
  • How Irish born officers and men were significant component of British forces in Zululand
  • How Irish nationalist popular opinion back in Ireland was markedly anti–imperialist and pro-Zulu, despite the prevalent racial attitudes of the day.

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