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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...


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....


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....


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...


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...


The Rise and Fall of Apartheid
The Rise and Fall of Apartheid
Welsh, David

On his way into Parliament on February 2, 1990, F. W. de Klerk turned to his wife Marike and said, referring to his forthcoming speech: "South Africa will never be the same...


Blood from Your Children
Blood from Your Children

The Colonial Origins of Generational Conflict in South Africa

Carton, Benedict

The young black activists whose rejection of their parents' complacency led to the 1976 Soweto uprising and the eventual demise of apartheid are part of a long tradition of...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Violence and Solace
Violence and Solace

The Natal Civil War in Late-Apartheid South Africa

Mchunu, Mxolisi R.

The Natal Midlands in South Africa was ravaged by conflict in the 1980s and 1990s between supporters of the United Democratic Front and Inkatha. The violence left thousands of...


Historian
Historian

An Autobiography

Giliomee, Hermann

In this eloquent memoir, already widely read and praised in the author’s native South Africa, Hermann Giliomee weaves together the story of his own life with that of his...


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...


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...


Slavery by Any Other Name
Slavery by Any Other Name

African Life under Company Rule in Colonial Mozambique

Allina, Eric

Based on documents from a long-lost and unexplored colonial archive, Slavery by Any Other Name tells the story of how Portugal privatized part of its empire to the...


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...


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 Civilizations of Africa

A History to 1800

Ehret, Christopher

Since its initial publication, The Civilizationsof Africa has established itself as the most authoritative text available on early African history. Addressing the...


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...


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