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Knight, Ian 1956-

Overview
Works: 185 works in 483 publications in 3 languages and 6,144 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Biography  Personal narratives‡vBritish  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: DT1875, 968.4045
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Ian Knight
The anatomy of the Zulu army : from Shaka to Cetshwayo, 1818-1879 by Ian Knight( Book )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In January 1879 the forces of the independent Zulu kingdom inflicted a devastating defeat on the invading British army at Isandlwana. Yet the Zulu army was not a regular professional one like its British counterpart; it was in fact the manpower of the Zulu state, mobilised temporarily in the military service of the king. The Anatomy of the Zulu Army describes how this army functioned, and examines its role in the broader context of Zulu culture and custom." "After surveying the Zulu army from its creation during the wars of Shaka in the early nineteenth century onwards, Ian Knight focuses in detail on the structure and condition of the Zulu army on the eve of war in 1879. Through the means of age-regiments (the amabutho), Zulu men were called up regularly to serve the king, for non-military purposes as well as to fight his wars. Ian Knight explains how these men were enlisted, trained and housed, what they wore, what weapons they carried, their ornate ceremonial costumes, what duties they performed, and what rewards they expected. He considers how the army was viewed by its colonial neighbours, and how misconceptions contributed to the confrontation with the British. And, most importantly, he reveals how the Zulu army functioned in wartime, from complex preparatory rituals to battlefield tactics, and the shock of battle itself."--BOOK JACKET
Zulu War 1879 : twilight of a warrior nation by Ian Knight( Book )

20 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the late 1870s, the British Imperial administration in the Cape colony in southern Africa began to view the Zulu kingdom as a challenge to their authority. To contain this perceived threat, they engineered a war. The early campaigns went terribly wrong, culminating with the decisive Zulu victory at Isandlwana. However, the Zulus, primarily reliant on their skill with the stabbing spear, had no real defense or retaliation against the massed firepower of professional British soldiers, and ultimately the British won the war. Ian Knight and Ian Castle examine the Zulu war and its two key battles, Isandlwana and Khambula, with excellent black and white photographs accompanying the clear and detailed text."--Jacket
Brave men's blood : the epic of the Zulu War, 1879 by Ian Knight( Book )

12 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voices from the Zulu War : campaigning through the eyes of the British soldier, 1879 by Ian Knight( )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The forces of the independent Zulu kingdom inflicted a crushing defeat on British imperial forces at Isandlwana in January 1879. The Zulu army was not, however, a professional force, unlike its British counterpart, but was the mobilised manpower of the Zulu state. In this ground-breaking study, Ian Knight details just how the Zulu army functioned and ties its role firmly to the broader context of Zulu society and culture. After surveying the Zulu army from its creation during the wars of Shaka in the early nineteenth century, and the subsequent development of Zulu fighting methods, Ian Knight f
Great Zulu battles, 1838-1906 by Ian Knight( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ten of the most important battles of the 19th century colonial wars that ravaged the land for 70 years are covered here. Detailed and objective (the Zulus are never patronized as "noble savages"), [this book] brings you across the world to a land where the European soldiers soon found themselves out of their element ... Ambushes, full-scale battles, bloody chaos and an army that refused for decades to submit. This is the story of southern Africa in the 19th century"--Jacket
Rorke's Drift, 1879 : 'pinned like rats in a hole' by Ian Knight( Book )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and Italian and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Not only the most famous engagement of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, but one of the best known battles in history of the British Army, Rorke's Drift was an epic struggle against overwhelming odds. It pitted more than 3,000 Zulus, fresh from their triumph at Islandlwana, against the mission station's tiny garrison, a mere 150 British and Imperial soldiers. Both sides fought with extraordinary courage and determination, and no less than 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded for this one battle"--Page 4 of cover
Warrior chiefs of Southern Africa : Shaka of the Zulu, Moshoeshoe of the BaSotho, Mzilikazi of the Matabele, Maqoma of the Xhosa by Ian Knight( Book )

12 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The National Army Museum book of the Zulu War by Ian Knight( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Krigen mellem englænderne og zuluerne i 1879 hører til en af de mest diskuterede og analyserede kolonikrige fra den victorianske periode og er fortsat en kilde til forståelse af Det Britiske Imperiums historie. Den britiske hær led nederlag til en indfødt fjende under Slaget ved Isandlwana d. 22. januar 1879 og minder een om ikke at tage militær overlegenhed for givet. Ved brug af kilder fra the National Army Museum fremstilles dette felttog fra krigens begyndelse til slaget ved Isandlwana og forsvaret af Rorkes's Drift, endvidere tilintetgørelsen af Zululand ved Ulundi og pågribelsen af kong Cetshwayo
A companion to the Anglo-Zulu War by Ian Knight( )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Zulus by Ian Knight( Book )

8 editions published between 1989 and 1999 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of this fierce war-like people is chronicled and illustrated with drawings and old photographs
Nothing remains but to fight : the defence of Rorke's Drift, 1879 by Ian Knight( Book )

5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Queen Victoria's enemies by Ian Knight( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zulu rising : the epic story of iSandlwana and Rorke's drift by Ian Knight( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The battle of Isandlwana was the single most destructive incident in the 150-year history of the British colonization of South Africa. In one bloody day over 800 British troops, 500 of their allies and at least 2,000 Zulus were killed. This title shows that the brutality of the battle was the result of clash between two warrior traditions
Great Zulu commanders by Ian Knight( Book )

5 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Colenso 1899 : the Boer War in Natal by Ian Knight( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"General Buller's campaign in Natal in 1899, and the defeats at Colenso and Spioenkop, mark a turning point in British military history. The army that had won and policed a great empire was humbled by a militia composed of South African frontier farmers -- the Boers. Ian Knight sets the battles in context, and explains the failure of a professional army, skilled in the fighting techniques of the nineteenth century, when faced with an enemy whose weapons and tactics foreshadowed the warfare of the twentieth"--Page 4 of cover
By the orders of the great white queen : campaigning in Zululand through the eyes of the British soldier, 1879( Book )

6 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marching to the drums : eyewitness accounts of war from the Kabul Massacre to the Siege of Mafikeng( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this gripping compendium of exciting first-hand accounts, Ian Knight presents the adventure of nineteenth-century warfare - from the thrill of a cavalry charge to the terror of battle against an overwhelming force -- in the words of the men actually there. These eyewitness accounts provide a vivid and sometimes shocking insight into the brutal realities of warfare for the British imperial soldier, who fought against many different enemies and in some of the most terrible conditions imaginable
Go to your God like a soldier : the British soldier fighting for empire, 1837-1902 by Ian Knight( Book )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'Go to Your God Like a Soldier' presents a complete picture of British military experience between 1837, when Victoria was called to the throne, until the end of the Boer War in 1902, the year after her death. It examines the way of life of ranker and officer alike, their reasons for enlisting, what they had in common and the barriers that divided them, their daily routine, food, pay and recreations, and how society viewed them. Covering all the major campaigns of the period, it reveals how the Army functioned, and the developments in composition, tactics and weaponry that changed it from an essentially Napoleonic institution into a reasonably modern army, all within the reign of one monarch. Eyewitness evidence, rich in the flavour of the times, brings the subject vividly to life. 'Go to Your God Like a Soldier' is an enthralling account of a crucial period in the development of the British Army, and its influence on all other nations."--BOOK JACKET
Isandlwana 1879 : the great Zulu victory by Ian Knight( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The battle of Isandlwana fought on January 22, 1879, was the greatest defeat suffered by the British Army during the Victorian era. A Zulu Army of 24,000 warriors had moved undetected to within striking distance of the British camp in the shadow of Isandlwana Mountain. From the start the 1,700 defenders underestimated the danger descending upon them. They were swept aside with horrifying speed and the final stage of the battle consisted of desperate hand-to-hand fighting amid the British camp. Ian Knight employs new archaeological and historical research to provide a completely new interpretation of the course of the battle."--Jacket
Māori fortifications by Ian Knight( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Māori people of New Zealand were experienced field engineers and it was common practice to protect villages with surrounding entrenchments and wooden palisades, known as pās. However, it was not until 1845, with the first fighting between the Māori and the British, that it became clear just how strong and sophisticated the Māori fortifications were. For the best part of 20 years, the Māori held off the dominant and technologically superior British forces, by adapting and developing their defences in response to new British assaults. This book explores the evolution and design of Māori fortifications, and charts the course of a conflict that would ultimately see the British break the Māori pās, leading to a bitter guerrilla bush war"--Back cover
 
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Great Zulu battles, 1838-1906
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Zulu War 1879 : twilight of a warrior nationBrave men's blood : the epic of the Zulu War, 1879Voices from the Zulu War : campaigning through the eyes of the British soldier, 1879Great Zulu battles, 1838-1906Rorke's Drift, 1879 : 'pinned like rats in a hole'Warrior chiefs of Southern Africa : Shaka of the Zulu, Moshoeshoe of the BaSotho, Mzilikazi of the Matabele, Maqoma of the XhosaThe National Army Museum book of the Zulu WarA companion to the Anglo-Zulu War
Alternative Names
Ian Knight British historian

Ian Knight Brits historicus

Knight, Ian J. 1956-

Languages
English (173)

Italian (4)

Spanish (1)