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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (1 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841767786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841767789
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.6 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 578,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chris Peers was born in 1956. He studied History at Cambridge University, and since then has pursued a lifelong interest in military history and African explorationn. He is married with one daughter, and lives and works in Birmingham. Raffaele Ruggeri lives and works in Bologna, Italy, and has illustrated a number of Osprey titles. Most reflect his particular interests in the military history of Africa, and off the Ottoman Empire.

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THE SUBJECTS OF THIS BOOK are the six warrior peoples who dominated East Africa during the second half of the 19th century. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr S. S. Nagi TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Oct 2007
Format: Paperback
A 47 page book with excellent sketches and colour pictures of native warriors during the period of 1840 to 1900.There are good maps of the migration of these natives from south africa to east africa and some black and white pictures as to how they looked and clothes and weapons they had.The well known are the masai, the nandi, the nyamwesi, the hehe, the turkana and the much feared ruga ruga.There are also 2 pictures of joseph thompson and Henry Stanley.
This book will suit readers who read other african books, so that they may identify these native warriors.
Read and enjoy.
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Chris Peers has written before on the indigenous warriors of Africa and this Osprey Men at Arms is authorative. The artwork is superb and highly useful for modellers and wargamers. There are many photos and copies of original illustrations showing warriors, Arab slave parties, European exploters, camps and so on. A short history and analysis of tactics is given for the major peoples of the region. The book is actually a good read, which is not always the case with the Men At Arms series, so will appeal to general readers who are simply curious about East African warriors and their world. Peers is sympathetic to the cultures he describes and explains why the inhospitable ecosystem of East Africa severely curtailed the options open to the inhabitants.

An excellent work which merits rereading.
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Osprey are at their best with the men at arms titles and this is an excellent example. A concise well-written overview of the subject is accompanied by some excellent colour plates and many black and white photographs and line drawings. Really good value.
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Not disappointed 14 Jun 2013
By Kurt A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've always expected a lot from Osprey's Men-at-Arms books, and at least so far I have not been disappointed. This book covers six warrior people from East Africa - The Masai, the Ngoni, the Hehe, the Ruga-ruga, the Nandi, and the Turkana. Each group (the Ruga-ruga not being a tribe per se) is given its own little chapter, with lots of black-and-white illustrations. The crowning glory of the book (as is the case with all Men-at-Arms books) is the center pages, with their richly colored, highly detailed illustrations.

Overall, I found this to be a great resource if you want to read about these warrior peoples. Raffaele Ruggeri did a very good job of illustrating the book, producing some really excellent pictures. I highly recommend this book!
Nice book on a neglected subject 29 Mar 2013
By Kristjan - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book to research German colonial wars during the period leading up to WWI. Like most of these Osprey books thi one is a nice place to start but do not expect in depth coverage.
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Maasai Warriors 1840 to 1900 15 April 2011
By Joel - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the greatest book with lots of nice photos. first book ever to show Maasai Warriors in the battlefield. I wished they had more books of Maasai fighting men in the battlefield.
I wish also i could get more photos of Maasai Warriors fighting British Soldiers in Kenya in colonial times or Germans soldiers in Tanzania between 1800 to 1960.It seems that this facts of Maasai battle against British are always hidden for some reason. Also of the Maasai warriors fighting in Mombasa in 1850s and when they fought Arabs and Baluchi mercenaries during Slavery time. This could help me so much in my research.

Great work Amazon. I reccomend all Amazon books to everyone.
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