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. 40, No. 1, 2007

A Burning Hunger: One Family's Struggle against Apartheid
A Burning Hunger: One Family's Struggle Against Apartheid. By Lynda Schuster. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2006. London: Jonathan Cape, 2004. Pp. xii, 451; 16 illustrations, 2 maps. $49.95 cloth, $19.95 paper.A Burning Hunger traces the fortunes of...
"A Very Real War": Popular Participation in Development in Tanzania during the 1950s & 1960s
In his inaugural address as President in December 1962, Julius Nyerere outlined the difficulties the country now faced:I know there are still a few people who think we are joking when they hear us using the word "war." Let me assure them that we are...
Berber Culture on the World Stage: Village to Video
Berber Culture on the World Stage: Village to Video. By Jane E. Goodman. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2005. Pp. 256. $65.00 cloth, $23.95 paper.Jane E. Goodman's study of Berber Culture on the World Stage is very timely. In...
Borders and Healers: Brokering Therapeutic Resources in Southeast Africa
Borders and Healers: Brokering Therapeutic Resources in Southeast Africa. Edited by Tracy J. Luedke and Harry G. West. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2006. Pp. 223; $65.00 cloth, $24.95 paper.As a historian working on medical...
Britain and Barbary
Britain and Barbary. By Nabil Matar. Gainesville, Fla.: University Press of Florida, 2005. Pp. 172; appendices, notes, bibliography, index. $59.85.Nabil Matar is professor of English and chair of the Department of Humanities and Communication at the...
Creating Continuity: Liberal Governance and Dissidence in Njombe, Tanzania, 1960-61
A Perspective: Continuity and Experience in Periods of TransitionThis special issue focuses upon continuities spanning the period of momentous transition from the colonial to the postcolonial age. This focus is not unproblematic. By adopting it, historians...
Crisis & Decline in Bunyoro: Population & Environment in Western Uganda, 1860-1955
Crisis & Decline in Bunyoro: Population & Environment in Western Uganda, 1860-1955. By Shane Doyle. Athens: Ohio University Press; Oxford: James Currey; Kampala: Fountain Publishers, 2006. Pp. xii, 276; 27 illustrations, 5 maps. $49.95 cloth,...
Culture and Customs of Zambia
Culture and Customs of Zambia. By Scott D. Taylor. Culture and Customs of Africa. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2006. Pp. xviii, 148; 1 map, 25 illustrations. $49.95 cloth.The Republic of Zambia is not easily bound by single term characterizations....
Discipline and the Other Body: Correction, Corporality, Colonialism
Discipline and the Other Body: Correction, Corporality, Colonialism. Edited by Steven Pierce and Anupama Rao. Durham, N.C. and London: Duke University Press, 2006. Pp. 354. $84.95 cloth, $23.95 paper.The complex and polyvalent relationship between colonial...
Empire in Africa; Angola and Its Neighbors
Empire in Africa; Angola and Its Neighbors. By David Birmingham. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2006. Pp. v-ix, 190; 1 map. $22.00 paper.This useful book consists of eleven chapters presenting David Birmingham's reflections on the European presence in...
Ethnic Federalism: The Ethiopian Experience in Comparative Perspective
Ethnic Federalism: The Ethiopian Experience in Comparative Perspective. Edited By David Turton. East African Studies. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press; Oxford: James Currey, 2006. Pp. 246; 6 maps and 9 tables. $49.95 cloth, $24.95 paper.For a decade...
From Enslavement to Environmentalism: Politics on a Southern African Frontier
From Enslavement to Environmentalism: Politics on a Southern African Frontier. By David McDermott Hughes. Culture, Place, and Nature series. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2006, in association with Weaver Press, Harare. Pp. xviii,...
Gender and Slave Emancipation in the Atlantic World
Gender and Slave Emancipation in the Atlantic World. Edited by Pamela Scully and Diana Paton. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2005. Pp. ix, 376; 2 maps. $84.95 cloth, $23.95 paper.From the moment readers pick up Gender and Slave Emancipation...
Intimate Enemy: Images and Voices of the Rwandan Genocide
Intimate Enemy: Images and Voices of the Rwandan Genocide. Photographs by Robert Lyons; Introduction and Interviews by Scott Straus. New York: Zone Books, 2006. Pp. 185; 75 Black and White photo plates. $37.95.What can I say to make you understand?-...
Introduction: The Emperor's New Clothes? Continuities in Governance in Late Colonial and Early Postcolonial East Africa
Much of the Africanist literature that has emerged on postcolonial politics and society over the past four decades has emphasized the shaping influence of colonial rule on forms of governance that evolved after independence. Dependency theorists and...
Kola Is God's Gift: Agricultural Production, Export Initiatives and the Kola Industry of Ashante and the Gold Coast C. 1820-1950
Kola is God's Gift: Agricultural Production, Export Initiatives and the Kola Industry of Ashante and the Gold Coast c. 1820-1950. By Edmund Abaka. Western African Studies. Athens: Ohio University Press; Oxford: James Curry; Accra: Woeli Publishing Services,...
"Letting Them Die": Why HIV/Aids Intervention Programmes Fail
"Letting Them Die": Why HIV/Aids Intervention Programmes Fail By Catherine Campbell. African Issues. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, and Oxford: James Currey, 2003. Pp. vii, 214. $49.95."Letting Them Die" is Catherine Campbell's timely analysis...
Nachituti's Gift: Economy, Society and Environment in Central Africa
Nachituti's Gift: Economy, Society and Environment in Central Africa. By David M. Gordon. Africa and the Diaspora: History, Politics, Culture. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006. Pp. xiii, 304; 14 illustrations. $60.00 cloth, $24.95 paper.Nachituti's...
Native Sons, West African Veterans and France in the Twentieth Century
Native Sons, West African Veterans and France in the Twentieth Century. By Gregory Mann. Politics, History, and Culture, a series from the International Institute at the University of Michigan, George Steinmetz and Julia Adams, editors. Durham, N.C.:...
Never Be Silent: Publishing and Imperialism in Kenya, 1884-1963
Never Be Silent: Publishing and Imperialism in Kenya, 1884-1963. By Shiraz Durrani. London: Vita Books, 2006. Pp. xi, 258. £20 paper.This is an interesting and useful, but often frustrating, book. Durrani wishes to resurrect the history of publishing...
Nigeria's Urban History: Past and Present
Nigeria's Urban History: Past and Present. Edited by Hakeem Ibikunle Tijani. New York: University Press of America, 2006. Pp. xiv, 256; 19 tables. $37.00 paper.This edited volume comprises sixteen chapters examining the various political, social, and...
Peasant Production and Limits to Labour: Thyolo and Mzimba Districts in Malawi, Mid-1930s to Late-1970s
Peasant Production and Limits to Labour: Thyolo and Mzimba Districts in Malawi, Mid-1930s to Late-1970s. By Erik Green. Stockholm, Sweden: Lund University, 2005. Pp. xii, 218. SEK 295 paper.The major concern of this book is the dilemma of the "poorly...
Practicing History in Central Tanzania: Writing, Memory, and Performance
Practicing History in Central Tanzania: Writing, Memory, and Performance. By Gregory H. Maddox with Ernest M. Kongola. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2006. Pp. xii, 181; 3 illustrations. $29.95/£16.99 paper.Professional historians of Africa have long grappled...
Re-Living the Second Chimurenga: Memories from Zimbabwe's Liberation Struggle
Re-Living the Second Chimurenga: Memories from Zimbabwe's Liberation Struggle. By Fay Chung, Uppsala, Sweden: Nordic Africa Institute, and Harare, Zimbabwe: Weaver Press, 2006. Pp. 349; 9 illustrations. Introduction by Preben Kaarsholm. Pp. 20. SEK 380.Fay...
Simon Kimbangu. 1921: De la Prédication À la Deportation. Les Sources
Simon Kimbangu. 1921: De la prédication à la deportation. Les sources. Volume I. Fonds Missionnaires Protestants (1) Alliance Missionnaire Suédoise (Svenska Missionsförbundet, Smf. Edited by JeanLuc Vellut. Fonts Historiae Africanae. Brussels: Academie...
Sufism and Religious Brotherhoods in Senegal
Sufism and Religious Brotherhoods in Senegal. By Khadim Mbacké, translated from the French by Eric Ross and edited by John Hunwick. Princeton, N.J.: Markus Wiener, 2005. Pp viii, 123. $68.95 cloth, $18.95 paper.Sufism and Religious Brotherhoods in Senegal...
The End of Chidyerano. A History of Food and Everyday Life in Malawi, 1860-2004
The End of Chidyerano. A History of Food and Everyday Life in Malawi, 1860-2004. By Elias C. Mandate. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2004. Pp. xiv, 346. $139.95 cloth, $29.95 paper.This well-documented historical and thorough ethnographic account of food...
The Evangelization of Slaves and Catholic Origins in Eastern Africa
The Evangelization of Slaves and Catholic Origins in Eastern Africa. By Paul V. Kollman. American Society of Missiology Series 38. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2005. Pp. xxii, 356. $25.00 paper.Paul V. Kollman, a Holy Cross priest and professor...
The Haven of Peace Purged: Tackling the Undesirable and Unproductive Poor in Dar Es Salaam, ca.1950S-1980S*
One of the outstanding features of Africa's recent past has been its transformation from an overwhelmingly rural continent to one that has become increasingly urbanized.1 This has had diverse sociocultural, economic, and political consequences. Social...
The Lanet Incident, 2-25 January 1964: Military Unrest and National Amnesia in Kenya
During the last week of January 1964, the armies of Tanganyika, Uganda, and Kenya struck in rapid succession. Bound together by a common legacy of service in Britain's East African colonial army, the King's African Rifles (KAR), the soldiers demanded...
Useful Instruments of Participation? Local Government and Cooperatives in Tanzania, 1940s to 1970s
One of the more effective political strategies used by former Tanzanian president Julius Nyerere were his public confessions that he had made mistakes. In the mid1980s, for instance, he announced:There are certain things I would not do if I were to start...
White Rising: The 1922 Insurrection and Racial Killing in South Africa
White Rising: The 1922 Insurrection and Racial Killing in South Africa. By Jeremy Krikler. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2005. Pp. xvi, 405; 39 illustrations. $59.95.This is a wonderfully tight and painstaking microanalysis of...
Yoruba Identity and Power Politics
Yoruba Identity and Power Politics. Edited by Toyin Falola and Ann Geneva. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2006. Pp. x, 370; 29 illustrations, tables, maps. $75.00.In this volume on current trends in Yoruba historiography, the editors, Toyin...