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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...

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 Train Driver and Other Plays

by Athol Fugard Theatre Communications Group (October 09, 2012)

The latest works by one of the world’s foremost playwrights.

Chiefs, Priests, and Praise-Singers: History, Politics, and Land Ownership in Northern Ghana

by Wyatt MacGaffey University of Virginia Press (March 06, 2013)

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...

How Societies Are Born: Governance in West Central Africa before 1600

by Jan Vansina University of Virginia Press (September 28, 2012)

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...

After Apartheid: Reinventing South Africa?

by Ian Shapiro & Kahreen Tebeau University of Virginia Press (June 14, 2011)

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...

The Last Hurrah

by Graham Viney Jonathan Ball (October 17, 2018)

In The Last Hurrah, Graham Viney has written a fascinating account of a pivotal moment in South African history. In vivid prose he describes the background to the Royal Tour and its progress across the country...

Louis Botha

by Richard Steyn Jonathan Ball (September 17, 2018)

In A Man Apart Richard Steyn once again brings to life a South African icon. Louis Botha was the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa, a union he did much to create in the decade after the devastation...

Who Is an African?

by Chammah J. Kaunda, Roderick R. Hewitt, Christo Lombaard & Scott Everett Couper et al. Fortress Academic (September 15, 2018)

The subject of race and identity is a burning issue which continues to occupy the attention not only of South Africans but also the wider residents of the continent of Africa and those who are Africans in the...

Township Violence and the End of Apartheid

by Gary Kynoch James Currey (October 18, 2018)

In 1993 South Africa state president F.W. de Klerk and African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime"....

Bound for Work

by Zachary Kagan Guthrie University of Virginia Press (September 21, 2018)

Diverging from the studies of southern African migrant labor that focus on particular workplaces and points of origin, Bound for Work looks at the multitude of forms and locales of migrant labor that individuals—under...

The Politics of Richard Wright

by Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh, Jane Anna Gordon, Kevin Gaines & Marilyn Nissim-Sabat et al. The University Press of Kentucky (November 28, 2018)

A pillar of African American literature, Richard Wright is one of the most celebrated and controversial authors in American history. His work championed intellectual freedom amid social and political chaos....

In His Own Words

by Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan & Bill Clinton Little, Brown and Company (June 12, 2018)

"There is no easy way to walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountain tops of our desires." -Nelson Mandela,...

The Cowboy Capitalist

by Charles van Onselen & Robert E. May University of Virginia Press (April 20, 2018)

The Jameson Raid was a pivotal moment in the history of South Africa, linking events from the Anglo-Boer War to the declaration of the Union of South Africa in 1910. For more than a century, the failed revolution...

The South African Mosaic II

by Nomazengele A. Mangaliso Hamilton Books (March 23, 2018)

The book revisits a study conducted in 1994 on subjects defined as historically disadvantaged by the apartheid regime. However, despite the ravages of that regime, these individuals had succeeded and gotten...

Into the Heart of the Whore

by Jacques Pauw Jonathan Ball (December 14, 2017)

The ongoing assassinations of anti-apartheid activists led to rumours that some kind of third force must be responsible. The South African government flatly denied any involvement. All investigations of the...

Into the Heart of Darkness

by Jacques Pauw Jonathan Ball (December 14, 2017)

Jacques Pauw has been an investigative journalist for more than three decades. Before the phenomenal success of The President’s Keepers, he spent years tracking down apartheid death squads. Into the Heart...

Markets on the Margins

by Kate Philip James Currey (April 20, 2018)

In 1987, workers in South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) staged a historic national strike, and 40,000 mineworkers lost their jobs. To assist them, the NUM set up a job creation programme, starting...

On Durban's Docks

by Ralph Callebert University of Rochester Press (February 16, 2018)

On Durban's Docks focuses on dock labor in early apartheid Durban, South Africa's main port city and a crucial node in the trade and communication networks of the Indian Ocean and the British Empire. Although...

The Decolonial Mandela

by Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni Berghahn Books (March 01, 2016)

A significant contribution to the emerging literature on decolonial studies, this concise and forcefully argued volume lays out a groundbreaking interpretation of the "Mandela phenomenon." Contrary to a neoliberal...


by Peter Richard Dreyer Hardware River Press (November 15, 2017)

Isacq is a novel based on the early life of an actual historical figure, Johannes Augustinus Dreyer (1689–1759). Commencing with a long flashback from the Cape of Good Hope in 1738, it recounts his adventures...

Taming the Disorderly City

by Martin J. Murray Cornell University Press (August 08, 2017)

In postapartheid Johannesburg, tensions of race and class manifest themselves starkly in struggles over "rights to the city." Real-estate developers and the very poor fight for control of space as the municipal...

The Assassination of King Shaka

by John Laband Jonathan Ball (August 03, 2017)

In this riveting new book, John Laband, pre-eminent historian of the Zulu Kingdom, tackles some of the questions that swirl around the assassination in 1828 of King Shaka, the celebrated founder of the Zulu...

A World View From Africa

by Jabulani Morodi Apollo Communications (July 17, 2017)

The political systems of the world seems to make ordinary citizens account, while businesses and politicians not to account. These regions and continents are undergoing radically transitions in their own ways;...

Students Must Rise: Youth Struggle in South Africa Before and Beyond Soweto '76

by Anne Heffernan, Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu, Bhekizizwe Peterson & Ian Macqueen et al. Wits University Press (June 01, 2016)

The Soweto Student Uprising of 1976 was a decisive moment in the struggle against apartheid. It marked the expansion of political activism to a new generation of young activists, but beyond that it inscribed...

Ties that Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa

by Jon Soske, Shannon Walsh, Sisonke Msimang & Stacy Hardy et al. Wits University Press (November 01, 2016)

What does friendship have to do with racial difference, settler colonialism and post-apartheid South Africa? While histories of apartheid and colonialism in South Africa have often focused on the ideologies...

Fees Must Fall: Student Revolt, Decolonisation and Governance in South Africa

by Susan Booysen, Gillian Godsell, Rekgotsofetse Chikane & Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh et al. Wits University Press (October 01, 2016)

#FeesMustFall, the student revolt that began in October 2015, was an uprising against lack of access to, and financial exclusion from, higher education in South Africa. More broadly, it radically questioned...

We the People: Insights of an Activist Judge

by Albie Sachs Wits University Press (November 01, 2016)

This stirring collection of essays and talks by activist and former judge Albie Sachs is the culmination of more than 25 years of thought about constitution-making and non-racialism. Following the Constitutional...

Within the Private Space of Black South African Women

by Duduzile Sokhela & Daniella Blechner Duduzile Sokhela Publishing (June 16, 2017)

Within the Private Space of Black South African Women is an exploration of the difficulties and hardships black South African women face on a daily basis. Life as a black South African woman can be full of obstacles...

Afrikaner Odyssey: The Life and Times of the Reitz Family

by Martin Meredith Jonathan Ball (February 06, 2017)

The odyssey of the Reitz family passes like a thread through the tapestry of South African history in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Originally Dutch-Afrikaner gentry from the Cape, the family...

History Of Zambia For Kids: A History Series - Children Explore Histories Of The World Edition

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

Let’s go to Zambia, and learn from what their history would tell us. The good news is, you don’t need a time machine to make that happen. Instead, you can simply open this book and learn. The use of pictures...

History Of Zimbabwe For Kids: A History Series - Children Explore Histories Of The World Edition

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

Zimbabwe is known for its rich culture and traditions. It’s as if time has stopped the moment you step into the country. We captured that moment and turned it into a learning experience through this educational...


by Tonia Cope Bowley & Stephanie Hale Cosmos Press (February 22, 2017)

Truth is stranger than fiction.

This moving story of Frederick Cope, an unusual and well-travelled global citizen, reads like the stories of three different characters. It may seem too far-fetched yet it is...

Piero Gleijeses' International History of the Cold War in Southern Africa, Omnibus E-Book

by Piero Gleijeses The University of North Carolina Press (December 01, 2013)

This Omnibus E-Book brings together Piero Gleijeses's two landmark books for the first time:

Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991

During the final fifteen...

Visions of Freedom

by Piero Gleijeses The University of North Carolina Press (November 04, 2013)

During the final fifteen years of the Cold War, southern Africa underwent a period of upheaval, with dramatic twists and turns in relations between the superpowers. Americans, Cubans, Soviets, and Africans fought...

Yours for the Union

by Baruch Hirson & Tom Lodge Zed Books (February 15, 2017)

Yours for the Union stands as a landmark history of the making of the black working class in South Africa. Drawing on a wide range of sources, it covers the crucial period of 1930-47, when South Africa's rapid...

Slavery by Any Other Name

by Eric Allina University of Virginia Press (March 09, 2012)

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...

New South African Review 5: Beyond Marikana

by Prishani Naidoo, Noor Nieftagodien, Marcel Paret & Devan Pillay et al. Wits University Press (November 01, 2015)

This fifth volume in the New South African Review series takes as its starting point the shock wave emanating from the events at Marikana on 16 August 2012 and how it has reverberated throughout politics and...

A Long Wy Home: Migrant Worker Worlds 1800-2014

by William Beinart, Julia Charlton, David Coplan & Peter Delius et al. Wits University Press (July 01, 2014)

In no other society in the world have urbanization and industrialization been as comprehensively based on migrant labor as in South Africa. Rather than focusing on the well-documented narrative of displacement...

Ekurhuleni: The Making of an Urban Region

by Phil Bonner & Noor Nieftagodien Wits University Press (November 01, 2012)

Ekurhuleni: The Making of an Urban Region is the first academic work to provide an historical account and explanation of the development of this extended region to the east of Johannesburg since its origins...

Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto: A History of Medical Care 1941-1990

by Simonne Horwitz Wits University Press (September 01, 2013)

Established in the early 1940s as a British military hospital and built on land purchased by Cornish immigrant John Albert Baragwanath in what is now Soweto in the late 19th century, Baragwanath Hospital would...

Lover of His People: A Biography of Sol Plaatje

by Seetsele Modiri Molema, D.S. Matjila & Karen Haire Wits University Press (November 01, 2012)

Adopted from a manuscript that had long been housed in the Wits Historical Papers and was accessible only to scholars, editors D. S. Matjila and Karen Haire have mined the archive to produce the first English...

Land, Chiefs, Mining: South Africa's North West Province Since 1840

by Andrew Manson & Bernard Mbenga Wits University Press (September 01, 2014)

At the heart of this compelling account of the Setswana-speaking people of North West Province lie three defining and interlinked issues: ethnicity, the ownership of land, and the impact of mineral wealth. Land,...

Hidden Histories of Gordonia: Land Dispossesion and Resistance in the Northern Cape, 1800-1990

by Martin Legassick Wits University Press (April 01, 2016)

The Gordonia region of the Northern Cape Province has received relatively little attention from historians. In Hidden Histories of Gordonia: Land dispossession and resistance in the Northern Cape, 1800-1990,...

Dominance and Decline: The ANC in the Time of Zuma

by Susan Booysen Wits University Press (October 01, 2015)

As Jacob Zuma moves into the twilight years of his presidencies of both the African National Congress (ANC) and of South Africa, this book takes stock of the Zuma-led administration and its impact on the ANC....

Rabble-Rouser for Peace

by John Allen Free Press (October 03, 2006)

To be a rabble-rouser for peace may seem to be a contradiction in terms. And yet it is the perfect description for Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate and spiritual father of a democratic South Africa. Tutu understood...

South African Special Forces

by Robert Pitta & Simon Mccouaig Bloomsbury Publishing (January 20, 2013)

This book provides a highly detailed account of the history, organisation, uniforms and insignia of South African Special Forces from their origins up to the early 90s Â? units such as the 44 Parachute Brigade,...

British Infantryman vs Zulu Warrior

by Ian Knight & Peter Dennis Bloomsbury Publishing (October 20, 2013)

The short but savage Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 pitched well-equipped but complacent British soldiers into combat with the Zulu, one of history's finest fighting forces. The clashes between these two different armies...

Mission, Science, and Race in South Africa: A. W. Roberts of Lovedale, 1883-1938

by Keith Snedegar Lexington Books (September 17, 2015)

This book examines the cultures of colonial science, missionary education, and racial politics in South Africa through the life of A. W. Robert, a key participant in all three fields. This study gives insight...