The International Journal of African Historical Studies

The International Journal of African Historical Studies is a scholarly journal devoted to the study of African history. Articles in The International Journal of African Historical Studies focus on historical research and historical analysis, in addition to extensive book reviews.

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 1, 2008

An Africanist's Apostasy: On Luise White's Speaking with Vampires*
Who's afraid of Speaking with Vampires! More people than one would think. And for many Africaniste, there is good reason to be afraid. Luise White's work on Rumor and History in Colonial Africa takes on some of the most prominent themes of Africanist...
An African Republic: Black and White Virginians in the Making of Liberia
An African Republic: Black and White Virginians in the Making of Liberia. By Marie Tyler-McGraw. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2007. Pp. ix. 249; 17 illustrations, notes, bibliographical essay. $34.95 cloth.Marie Tyler-McGraw's...
Black France: Colonialism, Immigration, and Transnationalism
Black France: Colonialism, Immigration, and Transnationalism. By Dominic Thomas. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2007. Pp xv, 305. $75.00 cloth, $27.95 paper.As Nicolas Sarkozy's France continues to interrogate what it means to...
Butterflies and Barbarians: Swiss Missionaries and Systems of Knowledge in South-East Africa
Butterflies and Barbarians: Swiss Missionaries and Systems of Knowledge in South-East Africa. By Patrick Harries. Athens: Ohio University Press; Oxford: James Currey, 2007. Pp. xvii, 286; 30 illustrations. $26.95 paper.Patrick Harries explores the relationship...
Changing Settlement Patterns in the Aksum-Yeha Region of Ethiopia: 700 BC-AD 850
Changing Settlement Patterns in the Aksum-Yeha Region of Ethiopia: 700 BC-AD 850. By Joseph W. Michels. British Archaeological Reports S1446. Cambridge Monographs in African Archaeology 64. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2005. Pp. xvii, 256; 55 tables, 59 figures,...
Cultivating Success in Uganda: Kigezi Farmers and Colonial Policies
Cultivating Success in Uganda: Kigezi Farmers and Colonial Policies. By Grace Carswell. Eastern African Studies. Athens: Ohio University Press; Oxford: James Currey; Nairobi: British Institute in Eastern Africa; Kampala: Fountain Publishers, 2007. Pp....
Darfur's Sorrow: A History of Destruction and Genocide
Darfur's Sorrow: A History of Destruction and Genocide. By M. W. Daly. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Pp. xix, 368; 19 illustrations, 2 maps. $22.95 paper.This thorough and thoughtful book plumbs the histories of Darfur, Sudan, and the region...
Domesticating the World: African Consumerism and the Genealogies of Globalization
Domesticating the World: African Consumerism and the Genealogies of Globalization. By Jeremy Prestholdt. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008. Pp. xiv, 273; 15 illustrations. $60 cloth, $24.95 paper.Jeremy Prestholdt has written a great book....
Exclusion and Inclusion: Gradations of Whiteness and Socio-Economic Engineering in German Southwest Africa, 1884-1914
Exclusion and Inclusion: Gradations of Whiteness and Socio-Economic Engineering in German Southwest Africa, 1884-1914. By Robbie Aitken. Cultural Identity Studies 6. Bern, Switz.: Peter Lang, 2007. Pp. 265; 2 tables, 1 map $63.95 paper.There have been...
Fighting the Greater Jihad: Amadu Bamba and the Founding of the Muridiyya of Senegal, 1853-1913
Fighting the Greater Jihad: Amadu Bamba and the Founding of the Muridiyya of Senegal, 1853-1913. By Cheikh Anta Babou. New African History Series. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2007. Pp. xiii, 294; 23 illustrations. $55.00 cloth, $26.95 paper.This book...
Islam, Histoire, et Modernité En Côte d'Ivoire
Islam, histoire, et modernité en Côte d'Ivoire. By Marie Miran. Paris: Éditions Karthala, 2006, Pp. 546, 33 color illustrations.Marie Miran's Islam, histoire et modernité en Côte d'Ivoire is an important book and will become a useful reference work for...
Kongo Slavery Remembered by Themselves: Texts from 1915*
In modern societies, it is generally assumed that an individual is or ought to be the "owner" of his or her own labor and free to offer services to others contractually, in exchange for money or equivalent services. The foundational argument for the...
Living with a Tyrant: Ndau Memories and Identities in the Shadow of Ngungunyana*
Ngungunyana was a problem ...We are called Ngungunyana's people yet we are Ndau.We were changed into Changana (Shangani).1- Jona Mwaoneni MakuyanaPeople who were staying here were called Machangana (Shangani),but they were Ndau. Their leader was Ngungunyana...
Many Middle Passages: Forced Migration and the Making of the Modern World
Many Middle Passages: Forced Migration and the Making of the Modern World. Edited by Emma Christopher, Cassandra Pybus, and Markus Rediker. The California World History Library 5. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007. Pp. x, 262; illustrations....
Multi-Choice Policing in Africa
Multi-Choice Policing in Africa. By Bruce Baker. Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet. Pp. 227. euro31/Sek 290 paper.The issues of crime and security are constant concerns for the rich and the poor in Africa. Bruce Baker, professor of African Security...
Natural Resources and Conflict in Africa: The Tragedy of Endowment
Natural Resources and Conflict in Africa: The Tragedy of Endowment. By Abiodun Alao. Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora. Rochester, N. Y.: University of Rochester Press, 2007. Pp. xix, 353; 1 map, 18 tables, 5 figures. $85.00 cloth.Africa...
Postcolonial African Cinema: From Political Engagement to Postmodernism
Postcolonial African Cinema: From Political Engagement to Postmodernism. By Kenneth W. Harrow. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2007. Pp. xv, 268; 34 illustrations. $29.95 paper.Ken Harrow has written an exciting, provocative,...
Power in Colonial Lesotho: Conflict and Discourse in Lesotho, 1870-1960
Power in Colonial Lesotho: Conflict and Discourse in Lesotho, 1870-1960. By Elizabeth Eldredge. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2007. Pp. xii, 264. $65.00 cloth.Elizabeth Eldredge's work provides important detail and critical analysis of some...
Race and the Construction of the Dispensable Other
Race and the Construction of the Dispensable Other. By Bernard M. Magubane. Pretoria: University of South Africa Press, 2007. Pp. 268. Paper.This book is the product of a lifetime of research and thought, and of course, frustration and pain. It is Bernard...
Samuel Hodges, Jr., and the Symbiosis of Slave and "Legitimate" Trades, 1810s-1820s*
Now if no envious competitor presents himself the prospects could not well be better-that is if my Sierra Leone Tobacco will suit for the slave trade. No! What am I to know for what purposes it is to [be] sold? I sell for produce or money. The use of...
Sufism and Jihad in Modern Senegal: The Murid Order
Sufism and Jihad in Modern Senegal: The Murid Order. By John Glover. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2007. Pp. vi, 226; 17 illustrations, 3 maps. $75.00 / £45.00 cloth.The Senegalese Sufi way, Tariqa Murid, has been the subject of extensive...
Telling Stories, Making Histories: Women, Words, and Islam in Nineteenth-Century Hausaland and the Sokoto Caliphate
Telling Stories, Making Histories: Women, Words, and Islam in Nineteenth-Century Hausaland and the Sokoto Caliphate. By Mary Wren Bivins. Social History of Africa. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2007. $29.95 paper.Though there is a significant body of literature...
The African City: A History
The African City: A History. By Bill Freund. New Approaches to African History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Pp. x, 214; 27 illustrations. $55.00 cloth, $19.99 paper.Urban formations are indigenous to and characteristic of the African...
The Kenana Handbook of the Sudan
The Kenana Handbook of the Sudan. Edited by Peter Gwynvay Hopkins. London: Paul Kegan: 2007. Pp. 887. £29.95 cloth.The Sudan: the largest country in Africa, possessing an ethnic and religious diversity, historical heritage, and biogeography is as rich...
The Organization of the Atlantic Slave Trade in Yorubaland, Ca.1777 to Ca.1856*
Yorubaland was one of the most important slave-exporting regions in Africa during the nineteenth century, second only to Central Africa. Enslaved Yoruba were distributed widely throughout the Atlantic world, with the largest groups found in Sierra Leone,...
The Unsettled Land: State-Making and the Politics of Land in Zimbabwe, 1893-2003
The Unsettled Land: State-Making and the Politics of Land in Zimbabwe, 1893-2003. By Jocelyn Alexander. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2006. Pp. 230. $49.95 cloth, $24.95 paper.A growing historiography of state formation in Africa stresses the persistent...
Transitions in Namibia: Which Changes and for Whom?
Transitions in Namibia: Which Changes and for Whom? Edited by Henning Melber. Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2007. Pp. 262. euro31/SEK 290 paper.In view of the economic and social changes the African continent has undergone recently, this analysis...
Triumph of the Expert: Agrarian Doctrines of Development and the Legacy of British Colonialism
Triumph of the Expert: Agrarian Doctrines of Development and the Legacy of British Colonialism. By Joseph Moran Hodge. Series in Ecology and History. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2007. Pp. xiv, 302; 23 illustrations. $26.95 paper.Triumph of the Expert,...
View from the Village: Changing Settlement Patterns in Sisalaland, Northern Ghana
IntroductionIt has become a commonplace to observe, as Labelle Prussin1 has done, that in West Africa (and Africa generally), a residence "is no more than the physical projection in space of the social organization of the family which inhabits it." The...
Women, Work and Domestic Virtue in Uganda, 1900-2003
Women, Work and Domestic Virtue in Uganda, 1900-2003. By Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo and Marjorie Keniston Mclntosh. Athens: Ohio University Press; Oxford: James Currey, 2006. Pp. xii, 308; 4 maps and 3 illustrations. $55.00 cloth, $26.95 paper.Through...