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  • Histories of the Hangedby David Anderson

    Orion Publishing Group 2011; US$ 13.99

    This book tells for the first time the story of the dirty war the British fought in Kenya, in the run-up to the country's independence in 1964. In 1952, after years of tension and bitterness, the grievances of the Gikuyu people of central Kenya exploded into open rebellion. Only 32 European settlers died in the subsequent fighting, but more than 1,800... more...

  • The Last Afrikaner Leadersby Hermann Giliomee

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 39.50

    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 apartheid. Instead of impersonal forces, or the resourcefulness of an indomitable resistance movement, he emphasizes the role of Nationalist leaders and of their outspoken critic... more...

  • The Politics of Chieftaincyby Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch

    Boydell & Brewer 2014; US$ 80.00

    Documents the profound societal changes that occurred in Accra, the capital city of the Gold Coast colony (modern Ghana), during the peak decades of British colonial rule, 1920-1950. more...

  • Mandela's Kinsmenby Timothy Gibbs

    Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd 2014; US$ 65.63

    Mandela's Kinsmen is the first study of the fraught relationships between the ANC leadership and their relatives who ruled apartheid's foremost "tribal" Bantustan, the Transkei. In the early 20th century, the chieftaincies had often been well-springs of political leadership. In the Transkei, political leaders, such as Mandela, used regionally rooted... more...

  • Timbuktuby Marq de Villiers; Sheila Hirtle

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2009; US$ 11.99

    Timbuktu-the name still evokes an exotic, faraway place even though its glory days are long gone. Unspooling its history and legends, resolving myth with reality, Marq de Villiers and Sheila Hirtle have captured the splendor and decay of one of mankind's treasures. Founded in the early 1100s by Tuareg nomads who called their camp "Tin Buktu," it... more...

  • The Pirate Coastby Richard Zacks

    Hyperion 2005; US$ 27.23

    A real-life thriller--the true story of the unheralded American who brought the Barbary Pirates to their knees. In an attempt to stop the legendary Barbary Pirates of North Africa from hijacking American ships, William Eaton set out on a secret mission to overthrow the government of Tripoli. The operation was sanctioned by President Thomas Jefferson,... more...

  • A World of Their Ownby Meghan Healy-Clancy

    University of Virginia Press 2014; US$ 29.50

    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 neglected their distinctive gendered dynamics. A World of Their Own is the first book to explore the meanings of black women?s education in the making of modern South Africa.... more...

  • The Pirate Coastby Richard Zacks

    Hyperion 2005; Not Available

    A real-life thriller--the true story of the unheralded American who brought the Barbary Pirates to their knees. In an attempt to stop the legendary Barbary Pirates of North Africa from hijacking American ships, William Eaton set out on a secret mission to overthrow the government of Tripoli. The operation was sanctioned by President Thomas Jefferson,... more...

  • After Apartheidby Ian Shapiro; Kahreen Tebeau

    University of Virginia Press 2011; US$ 24.50

    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 definitive and peaceful transition from apartheid is often cited as a model for others to follow. The new order has since survived several transitions of ANC leadership, and it... more...

  • How Societies Are Bornby Jan Vansina

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 24.50

    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 communities that had roamed in West Central Africa for many thousands of years? Jan Vansina continues a career-long effort to reconstruct the history of African societies before... more...