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How Societies Are Born
How Societies Are Born

Governance in West Central Africa before 1600

Vansina, Jan

Like stars, societies are born, and this story deals with such a birth. It asks a fundamental and compelling question: How did societies first coalesce from the small foraging...


Cradock
Cradock

How Segregation and Apartheid Came to a South African Town

Butler, Jeffrey, Elphick, Richard, Hopkins, Jeannette

Cradock, the product of more than twenty years of research by Jeffrey Butler, is a vivid history of a middle-sized South African town in the years when segregation...


One Love, Ghoema Beat
One Love, Ghoema Beat

Inside the Cape Town Carnival

Mason, John Edwin

One Love, Ghoema Beat: Inside the Cape Town Carnival takes readers behind the scenes of one of the world’s least known and most colorful carnivals. Similar in many ways...


Wives of the Leopard
Wives of the Leopard

Gender, Politics, and Culture in the Kingdom of Dahomey

Bay, Edna G.

Wives of the Leopard explores power and culture in a pre-colonial West African state whose army of women and practice of human sacrifice earned it notoriety in the...


Sol Plaatje

A Life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, 1876-1932

Willan, Brian

While the story of modern South Africa has long captured global attention, the story of one of its key forefathers has been eclipsed by those of more iconic political figures....


Colonial Subjects
Colonial Subjects

An African Intelligentsia and Atlantic Ideas

Zachernuk, Philip S.

West African intellectuals have a long history of engaging with European intrusion by reflecting on their status as colonial and postcolonial subjects. Against the tendency to...


Bound for Work
Bound for Work

Labor, Mobility, and Colonial Rule in Central Mozambique, 1940-1965

Kagan Guthrie, Zachary

Diverging from the studies of southern African migrant labor that focus on particular workplaces and points of origin, Bound for Work looks at the multitude of forms and...


The Equality of Believers
The Equality of Believers

Protestant Missionaries and the Racial Politics of South Africa

Elphick, Richard

From the beginning of the nineteenth century through to 1960, Protestant missionaries were the most important intermediaries between South Africa’s ruling white minority and...


The Afrikaners
The Afrikaners

Biography of a People

Giliomee, Hermann

This book is a biography of the Afrikaner people. A historian and journalist who was one of the earliest and staunchest Afrikaner opponents of apartheid, Hermann Giliomee...


The Cowboy Capitalist
The Cowboy Capitalist

John Hays Hammond, the American West, and the Jameson Raid in South Africa

Van Onselen, Charles

The Jameson Raid was a pivotal moment in the history of South Africa, linking events from the Anglo-Boer War to the declaration of the Union of South Africa in 1910. For more...


The View across the River
The View across the River

Harriette Colenso and the Zulu Struggle against Imperialism

Guy, Jeff

This narrative aims to show how after its conquest, the Zulu kingdom was destroyed by the imperial policies of divide and rule, and how the Colenso family, especially the...


Beyond the Royal Gaze
Beyond the Royal Gaze

Clanship and Public Healing in Buganda

Kodesh, Neil

Winner of the 2011 African Studies Association Herskovits Award

Beyond the Royal Gaze shifts the perspective from which we view early African politics by...


Chiefs, Priests, and Praise-Singers
Chiefs, Priests, and Praise-Singers

History, Politics, and Land Ownership in Northern Ghana

MacGaffey, Wyatt

In his new book, the eminent anthropologist Wyatt MacGaffey provides an ethnographically enriched history of Dagbon from the fifteenth century to the present, setting that...


"Beyond Our Wildest Dreams"
"Beyond Our Wildest Dreams"

The United Democratic Front and the Transformation of South Africa

van Kessel, Ineke

As anyone who lived through that decade knows, the 1980s in South Africa were marked by protest, violent confrontation, and international sanctions. Internally, the country saw...


A World of Their Own
A World of Their Own

A History of South African Women’s Education

Healy-Clancy, Meghan

The politics of black education has long been a key issue in southern African studies, but despite rich debates on the racial and class dimensions of schooling, historians have...


Starving on a Full Stomach
Starving on a Full Stomach

Hunger and the Triumph of Cultural Racism in Modern South Africa

Wylie, Diana

An ideology of African ignorance that justified white supremacy grew up in South Africa during the first half of the twentieth century: if Africans were hungry, it was because...


After Apartheid
After Apartheid

Reinventing South Africa?

Shapiro, Ian, Tebeau, Kahreen

Democracy came to South Africa in April 1994, when the African National Congress won a landslide victory in the first free national election in the country’s history. That...


Colonial South Africa and the Origins of the Racial Order
Colonial South Africa and the Origins of the Racial Order
Keegan, Timothy

In this masterly work of synthesis and reinterpretation, Timothy Keegan looks anew at the relatively neglected period of South African history before the mineral age- in...


Postelection Conflict Management in Nigeria
Postelection Conflict Management in Nigeria

The Challenges of National Unity

Paden, John N.

This volume is an invitation to deploy high-level scholarship in a strategic policy-making process that will strengthen the unity of Nigeria. Many in the international...


Friends for Life, Friends for Death
Friends for Life, Friends for Death

Cohorts and Consciousness among the Lunda-Ndembu

Pritchett, James A.

Breaking away from traditional ethnographic accounts often limited by theoretical frameworks and rhetorical styles, Friends for Life, Friends for Death offers an insider’s view...


An African Classical Age
An African Classical Age

Eastern and Southern Africa in World History 1000 BC to AD 400

Ehret, Christopher

In An African Classical Age, Christopher Ehret brings to light 1,400 years of social and economic transformation across Africa from Uganda and Kenya in the north to...


Cutting the Vines of the Past
Cutting the Vines of the Past

Environmental Histories of the Central African Rain Forest

Giles-Vernick, Tamara

Cutting the Vines of the Past offers a novel argument: African ways of seeing and interpreting their environments and past are not only critical to how historians write...


The Finger of God
The Finger of God

Enoch Mgijima, the Israelites, and the Bulhoek Massacre in South Africa

Edgar, Robert R.

On the morning of May 24, 1921, a force of eight hundred white policemen and soldiers confronted an African prophet, Enoch Mgijima, and some three thousand of his followers....


Social Death and Resurrection
Social Death and Resurrection

Slavery and Emancipation in South Africa

Mason, John Edwin

What was it like to be a slave in colonial South Africa? What difference did freedom make?

The questions themselves are simply put, but John Edwin Mason has found...


The Last Afrikaner Leaders
The Last Afrikaner Leaders

A Supreme Test of Power

Giliomee, Hermann

Finalist for the Alan Paton Award

In his latest book, renowned historian Hermann Giliomee challenges the conventional wisdom on the downfall of white rule and the end of...


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