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Making a World after Empire: The Bandung Moment and Its Political Afterlives

by Christopher J. Lee Ohio University Press (June 15, 2010)

In April 1955, twenty-nine countries from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East came together for a diplomatic conference in Bandung, Indonesia, intending to define the direction of the postcolonial world. Representing...


Threatening Others: Nicaraguans and the Formation of National Identities in Costa Rica

by Carlos Sandoval-García Ohio University Press (August 27, 2014)

During the last two decades, a decline in public investment has undermined some of the national values and institutions of Costa Rica. The resulting sense of dislocation and loss is usually projected onto Nicaraguan...


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...


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...


Degrees of Allegiance: Harassment and Loyalty in Missouri's German-American Community during World War I

by Petra DeWitt Ohio University Press (March 11, 2012)

Historians have long argued that the Great War eradicated German culture from American soil. Degrees of Allegiance examines the experiences of German-Americans living in Missouri during the First World War,...


Reel Pleasures

by Laura Fair Ohio University Press (January 08, 2018)

Reel Pleasures brings the world of African moviehouses and the publics they engendered to life, revealing how local fans creatively reworked global media—from Indian melodrama to Italian westerns, kung fu,...


Dedan Kimathi on Trial

by Julie MacArthur, Lotte Hughes, Simon Gikandi & David M. Anderson et al. Ohio University Press (November 27, 2017)

Perhaps no figure embodied the ambiguities, colonial fears, and collective imaginations of Kenya’s decolonization era more than Dedan Kimathi, the self-proclaimed field marshal of the rebel forces that took...


Market Encounters

by Bianca Murillo Ohio University Press (October 16, 2017)

In Market Encounters, Bianca Murillo explores the shifting social terrains that made the buying and selling of goods in modern Ghana possible. Fusing economic and business history with social and cultural history,...


Living with Nkrumahism

by Jeffrey S. Ahlman Ohio University Press (October 16, 2017)

In the 1950s, Ghana, under the leadership of Kwame Nkrumah and the Convention People’s Party, drew the world’s attention as anticolonial activists, intellectuals, and politicians looked to it as a model...


From Disarmament to Rearmament

by Sheldon A. Goldberg & Ingo Trauschweizer Ohio University Press (October 02, 2017)

At the end of World War II, the Allies were unanimous in their determination to disarm the former aggressor Germany. As the Cold War intensified, however, the decision whether to reverse that policy and to rearm...


Camp Life Is Paradise for Freddy

by Fred Lanzing, Marjolijn De Jager & William H. Frederick Ohio University Press (January 15, 2017)

“Children see and hear what is there; adults see and hear what they are expected to and mainly remember what they think they ought to remember,” David Lowenthal wrote in The Past Is a Foreign Country. It...


A History of Modern Ethiopia, 1855–1991

by Bahru Zewde Ohio University Press (March 17, 2002)

Bounded by Sudan to the west and north, Kenya to the south, Somalia to the southeast, and Eritrea and Djibouti to the northeast, Ethiopia is a pivotal country in the geopolitics of the region. Yet it is important...


The African AIDS Epidemic

by John Iliffe Ohio University Press (February 15, 2005)

This history of the African AIDS epidemic is a much-needed, accessibly written historical account of the most serious epidemiological catastrophe of modern times. The African AIDS Epidemic: A History answers...


Not White Enough, Not Black Enough: Racial Identity in the South African Coloured Community

by Mohamed Adhikari Ohio University Press (November 17, 2005)

The concept of Colouredness-being neither white nor black-has been pivotal to the brand of racial thinking particular to South African society. The nature of Coloured identity and its heritage of oppression...