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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 18, 2017
Canadian Excellence
Laband Monograph

Dr. John Laband

Professor Emeritus

Contact Information
Phone: 519 884-0710 ext.3331

Office Location: DAWB 2-116

Academic Background

MA, Cantab.
MA, PhD, Natal

Academic Interests

The history of the Zulu kingdom in the nineteenth century continues to be my especial field of research, but my research, writing and teaching interests extend to all other areas of Africa, especially when they fall within the scope of war and society studies.

Recent Publications


Laband, John. Historical Dictionary of the Zulu Wars. Lanham, Maryland, Toronto and Oxford: The Scarecrow Press, 2009.

Kingdom in Crisis: The Zulu Response to the British Invasion of 1879. Barnsley, United Kingdom: Pen & Sword Military, 2007.

The Transvaal Rebellion: The First Boer War 1880-1881.Harlow, England: Pearson Longman, 2005.

Edited Books


Carton, Benedict, John Laband and Jabulani Sithole, eds. Zulu Identities. Being Zulu, Past and Present. New York: Columbia University Press; Pietermaritizburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press; London: Hurst & Co., 2008.

Laband, John, ed. Daily Lives of Civilians in Wartime Africa from Slavery Days to Rwandan Genocide. Westport, CT, USA and London: Greenwood Press, 2007; Pietermaritzburg, South Africa: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2007.

Chapters in Books

Laband, John. “Lord Chelmsford.” In Victoria’s Generals edited by Steven J. Corvi and Ian F.W. Beckett. Barnsley, United Kingdom: Pen & Sword Military, 2009: 92-126.

Laband, John. “From Mercenaries to Military Settlers: The British German Legion, 1854- 1861.” In Soldiers and Settlers in Africa, 1850-1918, edited by Stephen M. Miller. Leiden: Brill, 2009: 85-122.

Laband, John, and Paul Thompson. “African Levies in Zululand, 1838-1906.” In Soldiers and Settlers in Africa, 1850-1918, edited by Stephen M. Miller. Leiden: Brill, 2009: 49-84.


Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Gold Medal for Service to the Zulu People as an Historian (2008)