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Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa: Ni Wakati

by Mickie Mwanzia Koster, Msia Kibona Clark, Sheba Lo & Rico Chapman et al. Lexington Books (October 30, 2014)

This book explores the role of hip hop in grassroots changes occurring today in Africa. It argues that artists use hip hop to confront social structures and reveals the complexity and dynamic nature of African...

The Negro

by W. E. B. Du Bois & Robert Gregg University of Pennsylvania Press (November 24, 2014)

A classic rediscovered.

Nigeria: After the Nightmare

by Iyorwuese Hagher UPA (April 18, 2011)

Nigeria: After the Nightmare is an in-depth look into the Nigerian experience, explaining what went wrong during the country’s thirty years of dictatorship. The book describes Nigeria's problems including...

The Law and the Prophets: Black Consciousness in South Africa, 1968-1977

by Daniel R. Magaziner Ohio University Press (August 15, 2010)

"No nation can win a battle without faith," Steve Biko wrote, and as Daniel R. Magaziner demonstrates in The Law and the Prophets, the combination of ideological and theological exploration proved a potent force....

Colonial Meltdown: Northern Nigeria in the Great Depression

by Moses E. Ochonu Ohio University Press (September 15, 2009)

Historians of colonial Africa have largely regarded the decade of the Great Depression as a period of intense exploitation and colonial inactivity. In Colonial Meltdown, Moses E. Ochonu challenges this conventional...

Intonations: A Social History of Music and Nation in Luanda, Angola, from 1945 to Recent Times

by Marissa J. Moorman Ohio University Press (October 15, 2008)

Intonations tells the story of how Angola's urban residents in the late colonial period (roughly 1945-74) used music to talk back to their colonial oppressors and, more importantly, to define what it meant to...

Stirring the Pot: A History of African Cuisine

by James C. McCann Ohio University Press (October 31, 2009)

Africa's art of cooking is a key part of its history. All toooften Africa is associated with famine, but in Stirring the Pot,James C. McCann describes how the ingredients, the practices,and the varied tastes...

491 Days: Prisoner Number 1323/69

by Winnie Madikizela-mandela & Ahmed Kathrada Ohio University Press (March 11, 2014)

On a freezing winter’s night, a few hours before dawn on May 12, 1969, South African security police stormed the Soweto home of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, activist and wife of the imprisoned Nelson Mandela,...

Cold War and Decolonization in Guinea, 1946-1958

by Elizabeth Schmidt Ohio University Press (September 25, 2007)

In September 1958, Guinea claimed its independence, rejecting a constitution that would have relegated it to junior partnership in the French Community. In all the French empire, Guinea was the only territory...

The Demographics of Empire: The Colonial Order and the Creation of Knowledge

by Karl Ittmann, Dennis D. Cordell & Gregory H. Maddox Ohio University Press (November 15, 2010)

The Demographics of Empire is a collection of essays examining the multifaceted nature of the colonial science of demography in the last two centuries. The contributing scholars of Africa and the British and...

Slavery and Reform in West Africa: Toward Emancipation in Nineteenth-Century Senegal and the Gold Coast

by Trevor R. Getz Ohio University Press (April 20, 2004)

A series of transformations, reforms, and attempted abolitions of slavery form a core narrative of nineteenth-century coastal West Africa. As the region's role in Atlantic commercial networks underwent a gradual...

Triumph of the Expert: Agrarian Doctrines of Development and the Legacies of British Colonialism

by Joseph Morgan Hodge Ohio University Press (February 15, 2007)

The most striking feature of British colonialism in the twentieth century was the confidence it expressed in the use of science and expertise, especially when joined with the new bureaucratic capacities of the...

Trustee for the Human Community: Ralph J. Bunche, the United Nations, and the Decolonization of Africa

by Robert A. Hill & Edmond J. Keller Ohio University Press (August 15, 2010)

Ralph J. Bunche (1904-1971), winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950, was a key U.S. diplomat in the planning and creation of the United Nations in 1945. In 1947 he was invited to join the permanent UN Secretariat...


by Jeff Pearce & Richard Pankhurst Skyhorse (November 18, 2014)

It was the war that changed everything, and yet it's been mostly forgotten: in 1935, Italy invaded Ethiopia. It dominated newspaper headlines and newsreels. It inspired mass marches in Harlem, a play on Broadway,...

Legacies of Socialist Solidarity: East Germany in Mozambique

by Tanja R. Müller Lexington Books (August 06, 2014)

Through an examination of the individual life trajectories of youth who participated in an educational exchange project between Mozambique and East Germany, this book offers an alternative reading of Mozambique’s...

Historical Dictionary of Kenya

by Robert M. Maxon & Thomas P. Ofcansky Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 09, 2014)

This third edition of Historical Dictionary of Kenya provides a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography on the country’s history. The dictionary section has 500 cross-referenced...

The Zulus at War

by Adrian Greaves & Xolani Mkhize Skyhorse (September 02, 2014)

By tracing the long and turbulent history of the Zulus from their arrival in South Africa and the establishment of Zululand, The Zulus at War is an important and readable addition to this popular subject area....

African Soccerscapes: How a Continent Changed the World's Game

by Peter Alegi Ohio University Press (February 14, 2010)

From Accra and Algiers to Zanzibar and Zululand, Africans have wrested control of soccer from the hands of Europeans, and through the rise of different playing styles, the rituals of spectatorship, and the presence...

Becoming Abigail

by Chris Abani Akashic Books (March 01, 2006)

A breathtaking new novella from the award-winning author of GraceLand

Historical Dictionary of Eritrea

by Dan Connell & Tom Killion Scarecrow Press (October 14, 2010)

The history of Eritrea is told in this reference through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 500 cross-referenced dictionary entries on significant persons, events, places, organizations,...

Historical Dictionary of Angola

by W. Martin James Scarecrow Press (May 05, 2011)

The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Angola is a thorough examination of Angola. It includes a chronology, bibliography, maps, appendixes, and over 600 cross referenced dictionary entries. This...

Historical Dictionary of Libya

by Ronald Bruce St John Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 04, 2014)

This fifth edition of Historical Dictionary of Libya covers its history through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 400 cross-referenced...

The Explorers

by Martin Dugard Simon & Schuster (June 03, 2014)

Learn to unlock your inner explorer in this riveting account of a great, forbidding adventure and "a fascinating examination of the seven key traits of history's most famous explorers...[with] infusions of insight...

Song for Night

by Chris Abani Akashic Books (September 01, 2007)

Abani's new novella furthers his tremendous success in becoming today's most acclaimed young African

A Short Walk in a Long Journey

by Michael A. Reid & Zaire Reid Skyhorse (May 13, 2014)

A Short Walk in a Long Journey is a story about an American election observer's experience in the 1994 South African election. This election marked the beginning of democracy in South Africa with the election...

Into the House of the Ancestors: Inside the New Africa

by Karl Maier Wiley (May 02, 2008)

Experience Africa's vibrant and volatile struggle at the crossroads between tradition and modernity . . .


"Rich . . . fascinating." --The New York Times Book Review

"A master of...

The Language of the Land

by James Stephenson St. Martin's Press (May 12, 2014)

A rare adventure with the last Stone Age hunting and gathering tribe in Africa.

In 1997 James Stephenson arranged to have almost a full year free, a year he wanted to spend among the Hadzabe in Tanzania. He had...

Lost and Found in Johannesburg

by Mark Gevisser Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 14, 2014)

An inner life of Johannesburg that turns on the author's fascination with maps, boundaries, and transgressions

Lost and Found in Johannesburg begins with a transgression--the armed invasion of a private home...

Historical Dictionary of Ghana

by David Owusu-Ansah Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 27, 2014)

This fourth edition of Historical Dictionary of Ghana covers its history through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 900 cross-referenced...

Africa's Social and Religious Quest: A Comprehensive Survey and Analysis of the African Situation

by Randee Ijatuyi-Morphé UPA (January 30, 2014)

This well-crafted book probes the key dimensions of Africa’s existential predicament. This study takes an integrative approach to religion, society, and civilization; eschews dichotomies; and broadly defines...

If I Had a Million Dollars...I'd Ease the Pain of HIV/AIDS in Africa: A How-to Manual for Individuals and Groups Wishing to Make a Positive Response t

by Stephen Douglas Natural Heritage (September 26, 2004)

This guide was written by Stephen Douglas on behalf of the York Region Committee in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

"We Only Come Here to Struggle": Stories from Berida's Life

by Berida Ndambuki & Claire Cone Robertson Indiana University Press (March 22, 2000)

Here is the life history of Berida Ndambuki, a Kenyan woman trader born in 1936, who speaks movingly of her experiences under the turbulences of late British colonialism and independence. A poverty survivor,...

Ancient Egypt: Its Culture and History

by J. E. Manchip White Dover Publications (December 20, 2012)

Fascinating account of Egypt, predynastic civilization through Ptolemies: social and political structure, daily life, international relations, religion and cult of the dead, arts and crafts, science and medicine,...

The Gates of Africa

by Anthony Sattin St. Martin's Press (January 06, 2014)

London, 1788: a group of British gentlemen---geographers, scholars, politicians, humanitarians, and traders---decide it is time to solve the mysteries of Africa's unknown interior regions. Inspired by the Enlightenment...

Historical Dictionary of International Organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa

by Terry M. Mays & Mark W. Delancey Scarecrow Press (May 07, 2002)

The aim of this book is to provide readers with a tool to trace the changes in the development and progression of African international organizations. This volume applies a dictionary format and reviews African...

Historical Dictionary of Botswana

by Fred Morton, Jeff Ramsay & Part Themba Mgadla Scarecrow Press (April 23, 2008)

The fourth edition of the Historical Dictionary of Botswana_through its chronology, introductory essay, appendixes, map, bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons,...

Historical Dictionary of Rwanda

by Aimable Twagilimana Scarecrow Press (October 01, 2007)

Blessed with natural beauty and rich vegetation, Rwanda is often called the 'land of a thousand hills' (le pays des mille collines). A proud people, the Banyarwanda (Rwandans) possess a centric view of the world,...

Making Cairo Medieval

by Nezar AlSayyad, Irene A. Bierman & Nasser Rabbat Lexington Books (March 25, 2005)

During the nineteenth century, Cairo witnessed one of its most dramatic periods of transformation. Well on its way to becoming a modern and cosmopolitan city, by the end of the century, a 'medieval' Cairo had...

Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa

by Robin Philpot Baraka Books (November 27, 2013)

The book comprises three parts. The first part addresses the little-discussed but crucial events preceding the assassination of the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi Former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali...

Historical Dictionary of Guinea

by Mohamed Saliou Camara, Thomas O'Toole & Janice E. Baker Scarecrow Press (November 07, 2013)

This fifth edition of Historical Dictionary of Guinea covers the full scope of Guinea’s history. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary...

British Military Operations in Egypt and the Sudan: A Selected Bibliography

by Harold E. Raugh Jr. Scarecrow Press (May 02, 2008)

British Operations in Egypt and the Sudan: A Selected Bibliography enumerates and generally describes and annotates hundreds of contemporary, current, and hard-to-find books, journal articles, government documents,...

Educating Muslim Women: The West African Legacy of Nana Asma'u 1793-1864

by Beverley Mack & Jean Boyd Kube Publishing Ltd (September 23, 2013)

Nana Asma’u (1793–1864) was a prolific Muslim scholar, poet, historian, and educator whose legacy in Nigeria and America continues today.

The Nature of Christianity in Northern Tanzania: Environmental and Social Change 1890-1916

by Robert B. Munson Lexington Books (October 29, 2013)

The Nature of Christianity in Northern Tanzania explores the relationship between the environment and social change on Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru during the German colonial period (1890-1916). The work analyzes...

Africa in Europe: Interdependencies, Relocations, and Globalization

by Stefan Goodwin Lexington Books (October 17, 2008)

Africa in Europe, in two volumes, is an interdisciplinary work about Europeans that demonstrates fluid boundaries and connections between them and Africans from antiquity until the present. Written by a scholar...

Colonial Culture in France since the Revolution

by Alexis Pernsteiner, Nicolas Bancel, Sandrine Lemaire & Dominic Thomas et al. Indiana University Press (December 02, 2013)

This landmark collection by an international group of scholars and public intellectuals represents a major reassessment of French colonial culture and how it continues to inform thinking about history, memory,...

Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau

by Peter Karibe Mendy & Richard A. Lobban Jr. Scarecrow Press (October 16, 2013)

The fourth edition of Historical Dictionary of Guinea-Bissau relates the history of Guinea-Bissau through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries...

Notebooks: 1960-1977

by Athol Fugard Theatre Communications Group (October 15, 2013)

"Fugard registers and captures the keen images that are the very stuff of vibrant theatre."--Time

Cousins: A Memoir

by Athol Fugard Theatre Communications Group (October 15, 2013)

A remarkable memoir of the author's coming of age as a writer.

The Paradoxes of History and Memory in Post-Colonial Sierra Leone

by Ismail Rashid, Sylvia Ojukutu-Macauley, Nemata Blyden & Tamba M'bayo et al. Lexington Books (October 10, 2013)

Using Sierra Leone as a case study, this book examines the nature of knowledge production and interpretation of African history since the decade of African independence. This anthology provides critical reflections...

Hostile Seas: A Mission in Pirate Waters

by JL Savidge Dundurn (September 23, 2013)

Set in 2008, Hostile Seas is a personal account of life on board Canadian naval ship HMCS Ville de Québec as the crew attempts to escort pirate-menaced cargo ships carrying World Food Programme aid to Mogadishu....