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Last Outpost on the Zulu Frontiers: Fort Napier and the British Imperial Garrison

Graham Dominy


Small and isolated in the Colony of Natal, Fort Napier was long treated like a temporary outpost of the expanding British Empire. Yet British troops manned this South African garrison for over seventy years. Tasked with protecting colonists, the fort became even more significant as an influence on, and reference point for, settler society. This book reveals the unexamined but pivotal role of Fort Napier in the peacetime public dramas of the colony. Its triumphalist colonial-themed pageantry belied colonists' worries about their own vulnerability. As the book shows, the cultural, political, and ... More

Keywords: colonists, consumer market, Fort Napier, British Empire, garrison troops, settler society, Colony of Natal, English-speaking oligarchy, settler elite, pageantry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040047
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040047.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Graham Dominy, author