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  • Modernization as Spectacle in Africaby Peter J. Bloom; Stephan F. Miescher; Takyiwaa Manuh

    Indiana University Press 2014; US$ 29.99

    For postcolonial Africa, modernization was seen as a necessary outcome of the struggle for independence and as crucial to the success of its newly established states. Since then, the rhetoric of modernization has pervaded policy, culture, and development, lending a kind of political theatricality to nationalist framings of modernization and Africans?... more...

  • The Shaping of South African Society, 1652?1840.by Richard Elphick; Hermann Giliomee

    Wesleyan University Press 2014; US$ 9.99

    History is a powerful aid to the understanding of the present, and those who are concerned with the escalating crisis in South Africa will find this an invaluable source book. It is the only book devoted to the first 200 years of that nation?s history based on recent research. This is the story of the evolution of a society in which race became the... more...

  • The Politics of Race, Class and Nationalism in Twentieth Century South Africaby Shula Marks; Stanley Trapido

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 84.95

    "The standard of contribution is high . . . the reader gets a good sense of the cutting edge of historical research." ? African Affairs more...

  • Peacebuilding and Ex-Combatantsby Johanna Söderström

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 135.00

    The book examines how ex-combatants in post-war and peacebuilding settings engage in politics, as seen in the case of Liberia. The political mobilization of former combatants after war is often perceived as a threat, ultimately undermining the security and stability of the state. This book questions this simplified view and argues that understanding... more...

  • Rorke's Driftby Adrian Greaves

    Orion Publishing Group 2012; US$ 6.99

    On 22nd January 1879 a force of 20,000 Zulus overwhelmed and destroyed the British invading force at Isandlwana, killing and ritually disemboweling over 1200 troops. That afternoon, the same Zulu force turned their attention on a small outpost at Rorke's Drift. The battle that ensued, one of the British Army's great epics, has since entered... more...

  • Congoby David Van Reybrouck

    HarperCollins 2014; Not Available

    Hailed as "a monumental history . . . more exciting than any novel" (NRC Handelsblad),David van Reybrouck?s rich and gripping epic, in the tradition of Robert Hughes'  The Fatal Shore , tells the extraordinary story of one of the world's most devastated countries: the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Epic in scope yet eminently readable, penetrating... more...

  • Ethiopiaby Paulos Milkias

    ABC-CLIO 2011; US$ 94.00

    This book is the most complete, accessible, and up-to-date resource for Ethiopian geography, history, politics, economics, society, culture, and education, with coverage from ancient times to the present. more...

  • King Leopold's Ghostby Adam Hochschild

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1999; US$ 15.95

    In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its people, and ultimately slashed its population by ten million--all the while shrewdly... more...

  • The ANC Women?s Leagueby Shireen Hassim

    Ohio University Press 2015; US$ 13.99

    First formed in the early twentieth century, the ANC Women?s League has grown from a modest group into a leading organization in the women?s movement in South Africa. The league has been at the forefront of the nation?s century-long transition from an authoritarian state to a democracy that espouses gender equality as a core constitutional value.... more...

  • Africaby John Reader

    Penguin Books Ltd 1998; US$ 28.88

    Drawing on many years of African experience, John Reader has written a book of startling grandeur and scope that recreates the great panorama of African history, from the primeval cataclysms that formed the continent to the political upheavals facing much of the continent today. Reader tells the extraordinary story of humankind's adaptation to the... more...