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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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; US$ 25.47

    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...

  • 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...

  • African History For Beginnersby Herb Boyd; Shey Wolvek-Pfister

    For Beginners 2007; US$ 14.95

    African History For Beginners  explores the rich history of this continent of contrasts. Discover the glory of the Pharaohs and Towers of Zimbabwe, the cosmology of the Yoruba, the courage of the Masai and the golden wonders of Mali, the art treasures of the Bushongo and the sophistication of the Egyptians. It is a unique documentary portrait of... more...