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. 38, No. 3, 2005

A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804
A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804. By Laurent Dubois. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004. Pp. xii, 452; 24 illustrations, 4 maps. $55.00 cloth, $22.50 paper.Published in the...
Africa in the Twentieth Century: The Adu Boahen Reader
Africa in the Twentieth Century: The Adu Boahen Reader. Edited by Toyin Falola. Trenton, N.J., and Asmara, Eritrea: Africa World Press, 2004. Pp. 667. $119.95 cloth, $39.95 paper.In the November/December 2004 issue of Historically Speaking: The Bulletin...
African Connections: Archeological Perspectives on Africa and the Wider World
African Connections: Archeological Perspectives on Africa and the Wider World. By Peter Mitchell. Lanham, Maryland: Altamira Press, an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield, 2005. Pp. xxiv, 309; illustrations, index. $80.00 cloth, $34.95 paper.Those of us...
Afro-Cuban Religiosity, Revolution, and National Identity
Afro-Cuban Religiosity, Revolution, and National Identity. By Christine Ayorinde. The History of African-American Religions Series, ed. Stephen W. Angell and Anthony B. Finn. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2004. Pp. xv, 275; 2 maps, 18 photographs....
Bringing the Empire Home: Race, Class, and Gender in Britain and Colonial South Africa
Bringing the Empire Home: Race, Class, and Gender in Britain and Colonial South Africa. By Zine Magubane. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2004. Pp. 222. $18.00/£13.00 paper.This book is an extended exploration of the ways in which ideas of...
Colonial Ambivalence, Cultural Authenticity, and the Limitations of Mimicry in French Ruled West Africa, 1914-1956
Colonial Ambivalence, Cultural Authenticity, and the Limitations of Mimicry in French Ruled West Africa, 1914-1956. By James E. Geneva. Francophone Cultures and Literatures Series 45. New York: Peter Lang Publishers, 2004. Pp. vii, 300. $72.95.James...
Democratizing Cinema and Censorship in Tanzania, 1920-1980*
Official censorship reveals the interpretive will of the state and the moral consensus of those nearest to state power. Recent literature on the history of censorship has moved beyond easy condemnations of the practice to investigate the subject "as...
Dhows and the Colonial Economy of Zanzibar, 1860-1970
Dhows and the Colonial Economy of Zanzibar, 1860-1970. By Erik Gilbert. Athens: Ohio University Press; Oxford: James Currey; Zanzibar: Gallery Publications, 2004. Pp. xiii, 176; 31 illustrations, 5 maps. $49.95 cloth, $26.95 paper.Perhaps no image evokes...
Elusive Equity: Education Reform in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Elusive Equity: Education Reform in Post-Apartheid South Africa. By Edward B. Fiske and Helen F. Ladd. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2004. Pp. xvi, 269. $32.95/£24.00.South Africa is in the midst of "efforts to fashion a racially equitable...
Endgame in the Western Sahara: What Future for Africa's Last Colony?
Endgame in the Western Sahara: What Future for Africa's Last Colony? By Toby Shelley. London and New York: Zed Books/War on Want, 2004. Pp. xii, 215; map; 16 illustrations. $69.95 cloth, $22.50 paper.Firmly under the repressive rule of the kingdom of...
"Enseignements."
"Enseignements." Special issue of Cahiers d'études africaines, vol. XLIII (1-2), nos. 169-170. Paris: EHESS, 2003. Pp. 456.The 21 articles in this special issue offer many suggestive approaches to understanding the state of education in Africa. In their...
Fiqir Iske Meqabir (Love Unto the Grave)
Fiqir Iske Meqabir (Love unto the Grave). By Haddis Alemayyehu. [1965] Translated into English by David Appleyard. Trenton, N.J.: The Red Sea Press, 2004. Pp. 552.Realistic time-period fiction can often be of great help to the historian, especially when...
Grandfathers, Grandsons, Morality, and Radical Politics in Late Colonial Buganda*
Late in 1948, one of the radical Luganda newspapers in Buganda printed Dionizio Sifirwakange's rhetorical and distinctly aggrieved questions: "Has it become a crime for schoolchildren to evince patriotic sentiments? Why does the Government prohibit the...
In Senghor's Shadow: Art, Politics, and the Avant-Garde in Senegal, 1960-1995
In Senghor's Shadow: Art, Politics, and the Avant-Garde in Senegal, 1960-1995. By Elizabeth Harney. Objects/Histories. Critical Perspectives on Art, Material Culture, and Representation, a series edited by Nicholas Thomas. Durham, N.C.: Duke University...
Lords of the Fly: Sleeping Sickness Control in British East Africa, 1900-1960
Lords of the Fly: Sleeping Sickness Control in British East Africa, 1900-1960. By Kirk Arden Hoppe. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2003. Pp. xii, 203; 20 illustrations. $67.00.Kirk Hoppe has taken an admirable approach in his study of British colonial efforts...
Making Poverty History
MAKING POVERTY HISTORY Labour, Land, and Capital in Ghana: From Slavery to Free Labour in Asante, 1807-1956. By Gareth Austin. Rochester, N.Y.: University of Rochester Press, 2005. Rochester Studies in Africa and the Diaspora. Pp. xxiv, 598; maps, plates,...
Mau Mau and Nationhood: Arms, Authority, and Narration
Mau Mau and Nationhood: Arms, Authority, and Narration. Edited by E.S. Atieno Odhiambo and John Lonsdale. Athens: Ohio University Press; Oxford: James Currey; Nairobi: EAEP, 2003. Pp. xiv, 306. $49.95 cloth, $24.95 paper.After more than half a century,...
Passengers, Partnerships, and Promissory Notes: Gujarati Traders in Colonial Natal, 1870-1920*
There were no complicated business arrangements. People trusted each other in those days. When you opened a shop, you would do your utmost to pay your creditors first.... To be insolvent was a stigma. Traders tried to help one another. They helped others...
PIRATES, SLAVERS, AND THE INDIGENOUS POPULATION IN MADAGASCAR, C. 1690-1715*
Madagascar is sometimes considered a world apart. The fourth-largest island in the world, it is marked by enormous regional diversity. The concept of insular exceptionalism refers not only to a natural environment with outstanding numbers of endemic...
Portugal and Africa
Portugal and Africa. By David Birmingham. Ohio University Research in International Studies. Africa Series No. 81. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1999. Pp. vii, 203. $20.00 paper.[Note: This is a paperback edition of Birmingham's book, which was reviewed...
Reinventing Order in the Congo: How People Respond to State Failure in Kinshasa
Reinventing Order in the Congo: How People Respond to State Failure in Kinshasa. Edited by Theodore Trefon. London and New York: Zed Books; Kampala: Fountain Publishers, 2004. Pp. xi, 222. $75/£50 cloth, $22.50/£ 19.95 paper.As the capital of the Democratic...
Short Notices
SHORT NOTICESUnless otherwise indicated, the comments are those of the editorial staff. Listing here does not preclude the possibility of a fuller review at a later date.The African Diaspora in the Mediterranean Lands of Islam. Edited by John Hunwick...
Slavery and Reform in West Africa: Towards Emancipation in Nineteenth Century Senegal and the Gold Coast
Slavery and Reform in West Africa: Towards Emancipation in Nineteenth Century Senegal and the Gold Coast. By Trevor R. Getz. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, and Oxford: James Currey Publishers, 2004. Pp. v, 257; 6 maps. $65.00 cloth, $26.95 paper.This...
Soldiers, Airmen, Spies, and Whisperers: The Gold Coast in World War II
Soldiers, Airmen, Spies, and Whisperers: The Gold Coast in World War II. By Nancy Ellen Lawler. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2002. Pp. xxiii, 286 illustrations, maps, notes, index, bibliography. $49.95.This book tells the story of Corporal Quarshie's...
Strangers, Spirits, and Land Reforms: Conflicts about Land in Dande, Northern Zimbabwe
Strangers, Spirits, and Land Reforms: Conflicts about Land in Dande, Northern Zimbabwe. By Marja J. Spierenburg. Afrika-Studiecentrum Series 3. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2004. Pp. xi, 255. $38.00 paper.In the mid-1980s, the government of Zimbabwe introduced...
Umleavyo: The Dilemma of Parenting
Umleavyo: The Dilemma of Parenting. Edited by Mary Ntukula and Rita Liljestrom. Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2004. Pp. 152; 19 illustrations. £15.95 /euro18 /180 Swedish kroner, paper.Umleavyo is the third book in a series published by the Reproductive...
Uncle Sam in Barbary: A Diplomatic History
Uncle Sam in Barbary: A Diplomatic History. By Richard B. Parker. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2004. Pp. xxviii, 285; 1 map; 14 illustrations. $59.95.It may come as a surprise to readers that North Africa, specifically the "Barbary Coast"...
Witchcraft, Violence, and Democracy in South Africa
Witchcraft, Violence, and Democracy in South Africa. By Adam Ashforth. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005. Pp. xx, 386; 9 illustrations. $62.50 cloth, $25.00/£17.50 paper.In this book Adam Ashforth argues that the future of democracy in South...
Women and the Remaking of Politics in Southern Africa: Negotiating Autonomy, Incorporation, and Representation
Women and the Remaking of Politics in Southern Africa: Negotiating Autonomy, Incorporation, and Representation. By Gisela Geister. Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2004. Pp. 240. $37.50/ £19.95/ euro28.00 / SEK 280 paper.In the 1990s women's representation...

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