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. 39, No. 2, 2006

African Archaeology: A Critical Introduction
African Archaeology: A Critical Introduction. Edited by Ann Brower Stahl. Maiden, Ma. and Oxford U.K.: Blackwell Publishing, 2005. Pp. xiv, 490; 31 illustrations. $36.95 paperIn eighteen chapters and almost 500 pages, twenty-three seasoned archaeologists...
African Womanhood in Colonial Kenya, 1900-1950
African Womanhood in Colonial Kenya, 1900-1950. By Tabitha Kanogo. East Africa Series. Athens: Ohio University Press; Oxford: James Curry; Nairobi: EAEP, 2005. Pp. x, 268. $49.95 cloth, $24.95 paper.In this study, Kanogo tackles the history of the challenges...
A History under Siege: Intensive Agriculture in the Mbulu Highlands, Tanzania, 19th Century to the Present
A History under Siege: Intensive Agriculture in the Mbulu Highlands, Tanzania, 19th Century to the Present By Lowe Börjeson. Stockholm Studies in Human Geography 12. Stockholm: Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, 2004. Pp. 188; 56 figures,...
An Archaeology of Elmina: Africans and Europeans on the Gold Coast, 1400-1900
An Archaeology of Elmina: Africans and Europeans on the Gold Coast, 1400-1900. By Christopher DeCorse. Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001. Pp. 286. $45.00.In 1482, Portugal founded the first fortified European trading post in...
An Economic History of South Africa: Conquest, Discrimination and Development
An Economic History of South Africa: Conquest, Discrimination and Development By Charles H. Feinstein. Cambridge, U.K.: Cam-bridge University Press, 2005. Pp. xxiii, 302. $75.00 cloth, $32.99 paper.Charles H. Feinstein's interest in economic history...
Antecedents to Modern Rwanda: The Nyiginya Kingdom
Antecedents to Modern Rwanda: The Nyiginya Kingdom. By Jan Vansina. Madison, Wise.: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004. Pp. 354; maps, charts. $65.00 cloth, $24.95 paper.Jan Vansina has worked on the history of the Interlacustrine Kingdoms, and Rwanda...
"A Solitary Tree Builds Not": Heshima, Community, and Shifting Identity in Post-Emancipation Pemba Island*
When emancipation occurred on the Indian Ocean island of Pemba, most slaves' movements were constrained by colonial policies. While many certainly moved from their former master's land, many more remained.1 The responses of former slaves on Pemba to...
Black Poachers, White Hunter; A Social History of Hunting in Colonial Kenya
Black Poachers, White Hunter; A Social History of Hunting in Colonial Kenya. By Edward I. Steinhart. Eastern African Studies. Athens: Ohio University Press; Oxford, U.K.: James Currey; Nairobi, Kenya: East African Educational Publishers, 2006. Pp.viii,...
Bodies in Contact: Rethinking Colonial Encounters in World History
Bodies in Contact: Rethinking Colonial Encounters in World History. Edited by Tony Ballantyne and Antoinette Burton. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005. Pp. xii, 445. $89.95 cloth, $24.95 paper.Bodies in Contact is a provocative collection of twenty-two...
Christianity and Social Change in Africa: Essays in Honor of J.D.Y. Peel
Christianity and Social Change in Africa: Essays in Honor of J.D.Y. Peel. Edited by Toyin Falola. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2005. Pp. xix, 676; 42 illustrations. $65.00.This is a book that, despite its twenty-six chapters and over six hundred...
Colonialism in Question: Theory, Knowledge, History
Colonialism in Question: Theory, Knowledge, History. By Frederick Cooper. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005. Pp. xii, 327; 4 illustrations. $50/£32.50 cloth; $19.95/£12.95 paper.For most parts of Africa, colonial rule ended over forty years...
Creating the Creole Island. Slavery in Eighteenth-Century Mauritius
Creating the Creole Island. Slavery in Eighteenth-Century Mauritius. By Megan Vaughan. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2005. Pp. xiv, 341. $89.95 cloth, $23.95 paper.Most studies of slavery in Mauritius concentrate on the late eighteenth and...
Culture and Customs of Cameroon
Culture And Customs of Cameroon. By John Mukum Mbaku. Culture and Customs of Africa. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2004. Pp. xxxiv, 236; 22 photographs. $49.95.John Mukum Mbaku's book is a volume in Culture and Customs of Africa, a series that seeks to...
Djinns, Stars and Warriors: Mandinka Legends from Pakao, Senegal
Djinns, Stars and Warriors: Mandinka Legends from Pakao, Senegal. By Matthew Schaffer. African Sources for African History. Leiden: Brill, 2003. Pp. xiv, 222. $32.50/euro32.50 paper.This book is a compilation of oral accounts, covering local village...
Elite Slaves in Ilorin in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries*
IntroductionThis article focuses on the elite slaves of Ilorin, formerly a southern frontier emirate of the Sokoto Caliphate that is now part of Nigeria. I argue that during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the roles and status of these slaves...
Exchange Is Not Robbery: More Stories of an African Bar Girl
Exchange Is Not Robbery: More Stories of an African Bar Girl. By John M. Chernoff. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2005. Pp. xv, 425; 2 maps, glossary. $22.50/£16.00 paper.This continuation of Hawa's story, begun in the award-winning Hustling...
Female Circumcisions and the Politics of Knowledge
Female Circumcisions and the Politics of Knowledge. Edited by Obioma Nnaemeka. Westport, Conn, and London: Praeger, 2005. Pp. 288. $84.95/ £48.99 cloth, $29.95/ £16.99 paper.This edited volume is not about the facts of female circumcision, social, historical,...
Fiscal Disobedience. an Anthropology of Economic Regulation in Central Africa
Fiscal Disobedience. An Anthropology of Economic Regulation in Central Africa. By Janet Roitman. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2005. Pp. xv, 233. $59.50/£38.95 cloth, $19.95/£12.95 paper.Janet Roitman has taken on an extremely difficult...
Ghana's New Christianity: Pentecostalism in a Globalizing African Economy
Ghana's New Christianity: Pentecostalism in a Globalizing African Economy. By Paul Gifford. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 2004. Pp. 216. $24.95.The West African country of Ghana has had a far wider influence in Africa and Christian history...
Grains from Grass: Aging, Gender, and Famine in Rural Africa
Grains from Grass: Aging, Gender, and Famine in Rural Africa. By Lisa Cliggett. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2005. Pp. xvii, 193. $54.95/£28.95 cloth, $19.95/£10.50 paper.There is an oft repeated Chibemba proverb originating from northern...
Guerrilla Government: Political Changes in the Southern Sudan during the 1990s
Guerrilla Government: Political Changes in the Southern Sudan during the 1990s. By Øystein H. Rolandsen. Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2005. Pp. 201; 2 maps; 3 tables. £15.95/euro 20/SEK 200 paper.After 1983, when Sudan descended into civil war,...
Historical Dictionary of Morocco
Historical Dictionary of Morocco. Second Edition. By Thomas K. Park and Aomar Bourn. Historical Dictionaries of Africa, No. 95. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2006. Pp. Ixxii, 675, 31 maps. $115.00.Midway through the first decade of the twenty-first century,...
Histories of the Hanged: The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire
Histories of the Hanged: The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire. By David Anderson. New York: W.W. Norton, 2005. Pp. 406; 44 illustrations. $25.95.Mau Mau is a signal event not only in Kenyan history, but in the broad histories of empire, colonialism,...
Honour in African History
Honour in African History. By John Lliffe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. African Studies 107. Pp. xxiv, 404; 5 maps; 8 illustrations. $80.00 cloth, $28.99 paper.Press headlines remind us daily of the consequences of lapses in honorable...
Islam and the Prayer Economy: History and Authority in a Malian Town
Islam and the Prayer Economy: History and Authority in a Malian Town. By Benjamin F. Scares. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005. Pp. xii, 306; 14 illustrations. $29.95.Benjamin Soares's Islam and the Prayer Economy is a well-researched ethnography...
Melville J. Herskovits and the Racial Politics of Knowledge
Melville J. Herskovits and the Racial Politics of Knowledge. By Jerry Gershenhorn. Critical Studies in the History of Anthropology. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska, 2004. Pp. xvii, 337; 12 illustrations. $65.00/£49.95 cloth.Gershenhorn presents...
Mobilizing the Masses: Gender, Ethnicity, and Class in the Nationalist Movement in Guinea, 1939-1958
Mobilizing the Masses: Gender, Ethnicity, and Class in the Nationalist Movement in Guinea, 1939-1958, By Elizabeth Schmidt. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2005. Pp. xv, 293. $99.95/£56.99 cloth, $27.95/ £15.99 paper.Over the past half century, Guinea as...
Murder at Morija: Faith, Mystery, and Tragedy on an African Mission
Murder at Morija: Faith, Mystery, and Tragedy on an African Mission, By Tim Couzens. Charlottesville, Va.: University of Virginia Press, 2005. Pp. 496. $25.00 paper.God is in the details, we are told. There is no doubt that He is in Tim Couzens's Murder...
Nigeria in the Twentieth Century
Nigeria in the Twentieth Century. Edited by Toyin Falola. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2002. Pp. xx, 947; 78 illustrations. $90.00.With characteristic wit and insight, Toyin Falola kicks off this mammoth tome (it is bigger than most world history...
Ordinary Springboks: White Servicemen and Social Justice in South Africa, 1939-1961
Ordinary Springboks: White Servicemen and Social Justice in South Africa, 1939-1961. By Neil Roos. Aldershot, U.K. and Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate, 2005. Pp. xvi, 233; 13 illustrations. $89.95.Neil Roos offers this revised dissertation as a contribution...
Orisa: Yoruba Gods and Spiritual Identity in Africa and the Diaspora
Orisa: Yoruba Gods and Spiritual Identity in Africa and the Diaspora. Edited by Toyin FaIoIa and Ann Geneva. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2005. Pp. ix, 457. $34.95 paper.Falola and Genova have put together an interesting set of essays for those...
Ouidah: The Social History of a West African Slaving "Port," 1727-1892
Ouidah: The Social History of a West African Slaving "Port," 1727-1892. By Robin Law. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2004. Pp. xi, 297; 5 maps. $49.95 cloth, $29.95 paper.Ouidah in French, Whydah in English, Fida in Dutch, and Ajuda in Portuguese originally...
Painting Ethiopia: The Life and Work of Qes Adamu Tesfaw
Painting Ethiopia: The Life and Work of Qes Adamu Tesfaw. By Raymond A. Silverman. With contributions by Neal Sobania and Leah Niederstadt. UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. Seattle: University of Washington Press, and Hong Kong: South Sea International...
Pão Nosso De Cada Noite: Our Nightly Bread/Photos: Women from Finland and Mozambique
Pão nosso de cada noite: Our Nightly Bread. By Ricardo Rangel. Maputo, Moz.: Marimbique, 2004. [Texts by Calane da Silva; José Craveirinha, José Luís Cabaço, Luís Bernando Honwana; Nelson Saute and Rui Nogar.] Pp. 142.Photos: Women from Finland and Mozambique...
Poverty, Health, and Reproduction in Early Colonial Uganda
Poverty, Health, and Reproduction in Early Colonial Uganda. By Jan Kuhanen. University of Joensuu Publications in the Humanities 37. Joensuu, Finland: University of Joensuu, 2005. Pp. 434; 8 illustrations.Jan Kuhanen places the history of disease and...
Public Opinion, Democracy, and Market Reform in Africa
Public Opinion, Democracy, and Market Reform in Africa. By Michael Bratton, Robert Mattes, and E. Gyimah-Boadi. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Pp. ix, 466. $75.00 cloth, $34.99 paper.This book is the result of public opinion surveys...
Race, Resistance, and the Boy Scout Movement in British Colonial Africa
Race, Resistance, and the Boy Scout Movement in British Colonial Africa. By Timothy H. Parsons. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2004. Pp. xviii, 318; illustrations. $59.95 cloth. $26.95 paper.Timothy Parsons' book is both too ambitious and not ambitious...
Reasonable Radicals and Citizenship in Botswana: The Public Anthropology of Kalanga Elites
Reasonable Radicals and Citizenship in Botswana: The Public Anthropology of Kalanga Elites. By Richard Werbner. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2004. Pp. 268. $60.00 cloth, $24.95 paper.Richard Werbner puts his long experience...
Re-Creating Eden: Land Use, Environment, and Society in Southern Angola and Northern Namibia
Re-creating Eden: Land Use, Environment, and Society in Southern Angola and Northern Namibia. By Emmanuel Kreike. Social History of Africa. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2004. Pp. x, 293. $29.95 paper.Re-creating Eden is an exhaustively researched study...
Sex and the Empire That Is No More: Gender and the Politics of Metaphor in Oyo Yoruba Religion
Sex and the Empire That Is No More: Gender and the Politics of Metaphor in Oyo Yoruba Religion. By J. Lorand Matory. second edition. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2005. Pp. xliii, 295; 18 figures. $25.95 / £17.00 paper.This second edition of the...
The Cross and the Crescent: Religion and Politics in Tanzania from the 1880s to the 1990s
The Cross and the Crescent: Religion and Politics in Tanzania from the 1880s to the 1990s. By Lawrence E.Y. Mbogoni. Dar es Salaam, Tanz.: Mkuki wa Nyota Publishers, 2005. Distributed by African Books Collective, Oxford, U.K. £20.95/$34.95 paper.Laurence...
The Pen-Pictures of Modern Africans and African Celebrities by Charles Francis Hutchison: A Collective Biography of Elite Society in the Gold Coast
The Pen-Pictures of Modern Africans and African Celebrities by Charles Francis Hutchison: A Collective Biography of Elite Society in the Gold Coast By Michel R. Doortmont. African Sources for African History. Leiden, Neth./Boston, Ma.: Brill, 2005. Pp....
The Persistence of Paradox: Memoirs of F. L. Bartels
The Persistence of Paradox: Memoirs of F. L. Bartels. By Francis Bartels. Accra, Ghana: Ghana Universities Press, 2003. Distributed by African Books Collective, Oxford, U.K. Pp. xix, 631. $49.95/£33.95 paper.Mfantsipim, Ghana's oldest boys' secondary...
"The Rupee Disease": Taxation, Authority, and Social Conditions in Early Colonial Uganda
IntroductionUgandans faced great hardships as the deadline for the 1901 tax season drew near: chiefs forced people to sell livestock; robberies increased as people sought cash; men abandoned their families and houses rather than pay the taxes owed on...
The Spatial Factor in African History
The Spatial Factor in African History. Edited by Alien M. Howard and Richard M. Shain. African Social Studies Series. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2005. Pp. xii, 372. $80/euro59 paper.Howard and Shain's collection illustrates the range of ways in which...
The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World
The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World Edited by Toyin Falola and Matt D. Childs. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004. Pp. xii, 455. $70.00 cloth, $27.00 paper.Editors Toyin Falola and Matt Childs make an important contribution to the study...
This Place Will Become Home
This Place Will Become Home. By Laura C. Hammond. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2004. Pp. 257. $45.00/£25.95 cloth, $19.95/£11.50 paper.Feeling forgotten appears to be something that nearly all of the world's waraffected share. It is indeed...
Tommy Boys, Lesbian Men, and Ancestral Wives: Female Same-Sex Practices in Africa/Sex and Politics in South Africa
Tommy Boys, Lesbian Men, and Ancestral Wives: Female Same-Sex Practices in Africa. Edited by Ruth Morgan and Saskia Wierenga. Johannesburg, SA: Jacana Press, 2005. Pp. 335; Photographs, index. R125.Sex and Politics in South Africa. Edited by Neville...
Tourism in the New South Africa: Social Responsibility and the Tourist Experience
Tourism in the New South Africa: Social Responsibility and the Tourist Experience. By Garth Alien and Frank Brennan. London: I.B. Tauris, 2004. Pp. x, 305. $85.00 cloth, $29.95 paper.This book discusses "the tourist experience," in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN)...
War and Mobility in the Borderlands of South Western Africa in the Early Twentieth Century*
IntroductionDespite the arbitrariness of colonial boundary demarcations in Africa, many historians still tend to treat them as if they divide separate historical spaces. In this article I explore some aspects of the interaction between different groups...
We Are Fighting the World: A History of the Marashea Gangs in South Africa, 1947-1999
We Are Fighting the World: A History of the Marashea Gangs in South Africa, 1947-1999. By Gary Kynoch. New African Histories. Athens: Ohio University Press; Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZuluNatal Press, 2005. Pp. xv, 200. $44.95 cloth, $22.95 paper.Gary...