Campus: Wilfrid Laurier
Office: DAWB 4-152
Email: jlaband@wlu.ca

My primary research field is in all aspects of the nineteenth-century Zulu kingdom, although I specialize in its destruction by the British in 1879 and the subsequent civil wars and rebellions. I approach military conflict from the perspective of war and society studies and extend my interest in Zululand to include other colonial wars in southern Africa, particularly the Transvaal Rebellion of 1880-1881 and the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902. I also work more widely on military societies and conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa from the pre-colonial period up to the present day.

My interest in war and society studies encompasses other areas of investigation, particularly the question of the applicability and utility of the Laws of War, and the often controversial issue of military remembrance and commemoration.

Select Published Works

  • The Rise and Fall of the Zulu Nation (London: Arms and Armour, 1997)
  • With Paul Thompson, The Illustrated guide to the Anglo-Zulu War (Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press, 2000)
  • Atlas of the Later Zulu Wars 1883-1888 (Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press, 2001)
  • The Transvaal Rebellion: The First Boer War 1880-1881 (Harlow, England: Pearson Longman, 2005)
  • Edited, Daily Lives of Civilians in Wartime Africa from Slavery Days to Rwandan Genocide (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007)
  • Kingdom in Crisis: The Zulu Response to the British Invasion of 1879 (Barnsley, South Yorkshire: Pen & Sword, 2007)