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  • An Economic History of West Africaby A. G. Hopkins

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 71.95

    This is the standard account of the economic history of the vast area conventionally known as West Africa. Ranging from prehistoric time to independence it covers the former French as well as British colonies. more...

  • Africa and the Africans in the Nineteenth Century: A Turbulent Historyby Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch; Mary Baker

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 44.95

    Most histories seek to understand modern Africa as a troubled outcome of nineteenth century European colonialism, but that is only a small part of the story. In this celebrated book, beautifully translated from the French edition, the history of Africa in the nineteenth century unfolds from the perspective of Africans themselves rather than the European... 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...

  • Slavery by Any Other Nameby Eric Allina

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 49.50

    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 Mozambique Company. In the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the company governed central Mozambique under a royal charter and built a vast forced labor regime camouflaged by... more...

  • Chiefs, Priests, and Praise-Singersby Wyatt MacGaffey

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 37.50

    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 history in the context of the regional resources and political culture of northern Ghana. Chiefs, Priests, and Praise-Singers shows how the history commonly assumed by scholars... 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...

  • 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 Emperor: Downfall of an Autocratby Ryzard Kapuscinski

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1983; US$ 12.95

    After Haile Selassie was deposed in 1974, Ryszard Kapu?ci?ski?Poland?s top foreign correspondent?went to Ethiopia to piece together a firsthand account of how the Emperor governed his country and why he fell from power. At great risk to himself, Kapu?ci?ski interviewed members of the imperial circle who had gone into hiding. The result is this remarkable... more...

  • The Bitter Bread of Exile. The Financial Problems of Sir Edward Mutesa II during his final exile, 1966 - 1969by A.B.K. Kasozi

    Progressive Publishing House 2013; US$ 32.30

    Using original sources the author weaves a number of themes into the sad personal story of Uganda's first president in his last exile, 1966-1969. The first section, chapters 1-5, highlights the social and political causes of Sir Edward Mutesa's exile. The author argues that the failure of the state to integrate into a viable political community explains... more...