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. 44, No. 1, 2011

Abolitionism and Imperialism in Britain, Africa, and the Atlantic
Abolitionism and Imperialism in Britain, Africa, and the Atlantic. Edited by Derek Peterson. Cambridge Center of African Studies Series. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2010. Pp. ix, 235; map, bibliography, contributor information, index. $64.95 cloth,...
Alex la Guma: A Literary and Political Biography
Alex La Guma: A Literary and Political Biography. By Roger Field. Oxford and Rochester, NY: James Currey, 2010. Pp. xii, 258; photographs, bibliography, index. $95.00.There is much to gain from mining deep into the life and work of South African journalist,...
A Military History of South Africa: From the Dutch-Khoi Wars to the End of Apartheid
A Military History of South Africa: From the Dutch-Khoi Wars to the End of Apartheid. By Timothy J. Stapleton. Praeger Security International. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2010. Pp. xi, 229; maps, index. $49.95.In a synthesis of South African military...
Bellah Histories of Decolonization, Iklan Paths to Freedom: The Meanings of Race and Slavery in the Late-Colonial Niger Bend (Mali), 1944-1960*
The standard story of the decolonization process in French-ruled West Africa involves race in a very direct and obvious way. Beginning with the Popular Front government in France (1936-38), and again with the Brazzaville Conference in 1944, a new reformist...
Berbers and Others: Beyond Tribe and Nation in the Maghrib
Berbers and Others: Beyond Tribe and Nation in the Maghrib. Edited by Katherine E. Hoffman and Susan Gilson Miller. Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2010. Pp. xi, 225; bibliography,...
Chieftaincy, the State, and Democracy: Political Legitimacy in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Chieftaincy, the State, and Democracy: Political Legitimacy in Post-Apartheid South Africa. By J. Michael Williams. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2010. Pp. viii, 282; maps, bibliography, index, list of abbreviations. $65.00...
Cinema in a Democratic South Africa: The Race for Representation
Cinema in a Democratic South Africa: The Race for Representation. By Lucia Saks. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010. Pp. ix, 256; photographs, notes, filmography, index. $ 65.00 cloth, $24.95 paper.With the advent of democracy in South Africa...
Contextualizing Privatization and Conservation in the History of Resource Management in Southwestern Uganda: Ethnicity, Political Privilege, and Resource Access over Time
IntroductionEconomic development pressure from multilateral lending agencies and donors1 has led to increased privatization of land and other public resources2 and the creation of national parks, especially in sub-Saharan African rangelands. Since the...
Darkroom: Photography and New Media in South Africa since 1950
Darkroom: Photography and New Media in South Africa since 1950. By Tosha Grantham. Charlottesville and London: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2009. Distributed by the University of Virginia Press. Pp. 160. $35.00 paper.When Tosha Grantham decided to curate...
Death, Christianity, and African Miners: Contesting Indirect Rule in the Zambian Copperbelt, 1935-1962*
IntroductionEarly in 1956 Mukuka Nkoloso, a budding, mission-educated African nationalist, had a score to settle with the district commissioner of Ndola, the commercial and administrative hub of the colonial Zambian Copperbelt. Storming into the DC's...
Deforestation and Reforestation in Namibia: The Global Consequences of Local Contradictions
Deforestation and Reforestation in Namibia: The Global Consequences of Local Contradictions. By Emmanuel Kreike. Princeton: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2010. Pp. xiv, 224; maps, photographs, bibliography, index. $88.95 cloth, $28.95 paper.This book, on...
Egypt's African Empire: Samuel Baker, Charles Gordon, and the Creation of Equatoria
Egypt's African Empire: Samuel Baker, Charles Gordon, and the Creation of Equatoria. By Alice Moore-Harell. Eastbourne, UK: Sussex Academic Press, 2010. Pp. xi, 250; 2 maps, 6 photographs, bibliography, index. $74.95/£49.95.In Egypt's African Empire...
Evangelical Christians in the Muslim Sahel
Evangelical Christians in the Muslim Sahel. By Barbara M. Cooper. African Systems of Thought. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2006. Pp. xii, 462; maps, photographs, bibliography, index, glossary. $24.95 paper.In between the arrival...
Fighting for Britain: African Soldiers in the Second World War
Fighting for Britain: African Soldiers in the Second World War. By David Killingray with Martin Plaut. Woodbridge, UK, and Rochester, NY: James Currey, 2010. Pp. xi, 289; maps, tables, photographic essays, bibliography, index. $95.00.Anyone who has had...
Forgotten Saints: History, Power, and Politics in the Making of Modern Morocco
Forgotten Saints: History, Power, and Politics in the Making of Modern Morocco. By Sahar Bazzaz. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 2010. Pp. xvi, 180. $19.95 paper.Muhammed al-Kattani is one of Morocco's most infamous, and yet...
Genuinely Ghanaian: A History of the Methodist Church, Ghana, 1961-2000
Genuinely Ghanaian: A History of the Methodist Church, Ghana, 1961-2000. By Casely B. Essamuah. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2010. Pp. xliv, 292; map. $29.95 paper.Casely Essamuah's book focuses on the critical role the Fante, an Akan subgroup, played...
Historical Dictionary of Nigeria
Historical Dictionary of Nigeria. By Toyin Falola and Ann Genova. Historical Dictionaries of Africa. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, 2009. Pp. xlii, 423; map, bibliography. $120.00.There are few comprehensive, up-to-date, country-specific historical...
Holy City on the Nile: Omdurman during the Mahdiyya, 1885-1898
Holy City on the Nile: Omdurman during the Mahdiyya, 1885-1898. By Robert S. Kramer. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2010. Pp. xx, 214; photograph, maps, appendix, notes, bibliography, index. $89.95 cloth, $28.95 paper."O beloved ones ... for...
Magic and Warfare: Appearance and Reality in Contemporary African Conflict and Beyond
Magic and Warfare: Appearance and Reality in Contemporary African Conflict and Beyond. By Nathalie Wlodarczyk. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Pp. xix, 188; maps, tables, figures, bibliography, index. $80.00.The stakes of Nathalie Wlodarczyk's fascinating...
Mediations of Violence in Africa: Fashioning New Futures from Contested Pasts
Mediations of Violence in Africa: Fashioning New Futures from Contested Pasts. Edited by Lidwien Kapteijns and Annemiek Richters. Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies. Lieden: Brill, 2010. Pp. xviii, 265; photographs, bibliography, index....
Recasting the Past: History Writing and Political Work in Modern Africa
Recasting the Past: History Writing and Political Work in Modern Africa. Edited by Derek R. Peterson and Giacomo Macola. New African Histories. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2009. Pp. viii, 276; maps, bibliography, index. $49.95 cloth, $26.95 paper.Recasting...
Representing Africa: Landscape, Exploration and Empire in Southern Africa, 1780-1870
Representing Africa: Landscape, Exploration and Empire in Southern Africa, 1780-1870. By John McAleer. Studies in Imperialism. Manchester UK: Manchester University Press, 2010. Pp. xix, 241, illustrations, bibliography, index. $89.95.As a reviewer for...
Rising Anthills: African and African American Writing on Female Genital Excision, 1960-2000
Rising Anthills: African and African American Writing on Female Genital Excision, 1960-2000. By Elisabeth Bekers. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2010. Pp. xii, 262; bibliography, index. $34.95 paper.In this concise book, Elisabeth Bekers, a...
Slaves and Ivory Continued: Letters of R.C.R. Whalley, British Consul, Maji, SW Ethiopia 1930-1935
Slaves and Ivory Continued: Letters of R.C.R. Whalley, British Consul, Maji, SW Ethiopia 1930-1935. Edited by Cynthia Salvadori. Addis Ababa: Shama Books, 2010. Pp. 481 ; maps, illustrations, index. $20.00 paper.With this book the Kenyan-American anthropologist...
Struggles for Citizenship in Africa
Struggles for Citizenship in Africa. By Bronwen Manby. London: Zed Books, 2009. Pp. ix, 198. $23.95 paper.Politicians in Africa routinely manipulate laws concerning citizenship to gain and retain political power. This excellent book examines changes...
The African Diaspora: A History through Culture
The African Diaspora: A History Through Culture. By Patrick Manning. Columbia Studies in Global and International History. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009. Pp. ix-xxi, 395; maps, graphs and tables, photographs, illustrations, notes, index....
The African Transformation of Western Medicine and the Dynamics of Global Cultural Exchange
The African Transformation of Western Medicine and the Dynamics of Global Cultural Exchange. By David Baronov. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2008. Pp. x, 248; bibliography, index. $29.95 paper.David Baronov' s book is an adept work of synthesis...
The Benin Royalist Movement and Its Political Opponents: Controversy over Restoration of the Monarchy, 1897-1914
IntroductionThe extension of British power over the Benin Empire followed the invasion and conquest of Benin in February 1897.1 With the fall of Benin, the political system of one of the most powerful precolonial empires of Africa was overturned by the...
The Fante Shrine of Nananom Mpow and the Atlantic Slave Trade in Southern Ghana
African historiography has long acknowledged that the impacts of the trans-Atlantic slave trade on African communities reached far beyond the loss of life and freedom that occurred in innumerable acts of enslavement. Recent studies have shown how the...
The Making of an African King: Patrilineal and Matrilineal Struggle among the Effutu of Ghana
The Making of an African King: Patrilineal and Matrilineal Struggle among the Effutu of Ghana. By Anthony Ephirim-Donkor. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2009. Pp. ix, 224; bibliography, index, glossary. $34.00 paper.Ghana is infamous for chieftaincy...
The Portuguese in West Africa, 1415-1670: A Documentary History
The Portuguese in West Africa, 1415-1670: A Documentary History. By Malyn Newitt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Pp. xviii, 246. $90.00 cloth, 27.99 paper.Given the great importance of the Portuguese as sources for the early history of...
The Uncoiling Python: South African Storytellers and Resistance
The Uncoiling Python: South African Storytellers and Resistance. By Harold Scheub. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2010. Pp. xvi, 240; 6 illustrations. $46.95 cloth, $24.95 paper.Harold Scheub, renowned collector and scholar of South African oral traditions,...
Violent Modernity, France in Algeria
Violent Modernity, France in Algeria. By Abdelmajid Hannoum. Cambridge, MA: Center for Middle East Studies, Harvard University, 2010. Pp. xii, 57.1 $19.95 paper.In modern times, Abdelmajid Hannoum argues, scholarship has helped to generate violence....
West Africa's Discovery of the Atlantic
This article comprises two separate (although related) parts. The first deals with matters of objective history, stressing the revolutionary nature of the opening up of West Africa to European maritime trade from the fifteenth century onwards. The second...