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  • Congoby David van Reybrouck

    HarperCollins Publishers 2014; Not Available

    Epic yet eminently readable, penetrating and profoundly moving, ?Congo? traces the fate of one of the world's most devastated countries, second only to war-torn Somalia: the Democratic Republic of Congo. more...

  • Affairs of West Africaby Edmund Dene Morel

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 186.00

    First published in 1968. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • Bitter Chocolateby Carol Off

    New Press, The 2014; US$ 17.95

    Hailed in hardcover as “compelling? ( Kirkus Reviews ) and an “astonishing [and] wrenching story? ( The London Free Press ), Bitter Chocolate is an eye-opening look at one of our most beloved consumer products. Tracing the fascinating origins and evolution of chocolate from the banquet tables of Montezuma?s Aztec court in the early sixteenth century... more...

  • 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...

  • Rorke's Driftby Adrian Greaves

    Orion Publishing Group 2012; US$ 8.99

    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 into legend.... 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...

  • 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...