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. 37, No. 1, 2004

Africa and the New International Order
Africa and the New International Order. By Julius O. Ihonvbere. Society and Politics in Africa Series, Vol. 7. New York: Peter Lang, 2000. Pp. xiii, 257. $28.95 paper.Written by a prominent African theorist of African international relations, this book...
A History of Inequality in South Africa, 1652-2002
A History of Inequality in South Africa, 1652-2002. By Sampie Terreblanche. Pietermaritzburg: University of Durban Press, 2002. Pp. xvi, 527. $43.95 paper.Sampie Terreblanche is a distinguished professor emeritus of economics at the University of Stellenbosch...
A History of Postcolonial Lusophone Africa
A History of Postcolonial Lusophone Africa. By Patrick Chabal with David Birmingham, Joshua Forrest, Malyn Newitt, Gerhard Seibert, and Elisa Silva Andrade. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002. Pp. xx, 339; 1 map. $49.95 cloth, $22.95 paper.A...
Alles Unter Kontrolle: Disziplinierungsprozesse Im Kolonialen Tansania (1850-1960)
Alles unter Kontrolle: Disziplinierungsprozesse im kolonialen Tansania (1850-1960). Edited by Albert Wirz, Andreas Eckert, and Katrin Bromber. Köln: Rüdiger Koppe Verlag, 2003. Pp. iv, 261; 15 illustrations. euro29.80 paper.Alles unter Kontrolle: Disziplinierungsprozesse...
Ama: A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade
Ama: A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade. By Manu Herbstein. First EReads publication, 2001 [self-published; available through Amazon.com]. Pp. 456. $21.95 paper.Ama is a sweeping story of Africans caught up in the Atlantic slave trade. Grafted by Manu...
Angola: Anatomy of an Oil State
Angola: Anatomy of an Oil State. By Tony Hodges. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, and Oxford: James Currey, in association with The Fridtjof Nansen Institute, 2004. Pp. xx, 236; 18 illustrations, 1 map, 28 tables. $49.95 cloth, $22.95 paper.In...
"A Palimpsest of Contradictions": Ethnicity, Class, and Politics in Africa
John Lonsdale's use of the striking metaphor, "a palimpsest of contradictions," to describe the colonial state in Kenya in our first joint paper sent me running to the dictionary. A palimpsest is simply "a manuscript written over a partly erased older...
"Be like Firm Soldiers to Develop the Country": Political Imagination and the Geography of Gikuyuland
Toward the end of 1932, Judge Morris Carter's Land Commission began taking testimony to determine how far Africans in the British colony of Kenya were owed compensation for land taken from them by white settlers. Thousands of people attended the commission's...
Broken Lives and Other Stories
Broken Lives and Other Stories. By Anthonia C. KaIu. Ohio University Research in International Studies, Africa Series No. 79. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2003. Pp. xxii, 183. $19.95 paper.This engaging collection of short stories is a great deal more...
Civic Virtue, Young Men, and the Family: Conscription in Rhodesia, 1974-1980
In John Lonsdale's concept of civic virtue it is the hard work of young men (and women), performed either for themselves or for others, that earns them the rights of membership in, and the responsibilities toward, a broader political collectivity in...
Coast of Slaves (Slavernes Kyst)
Coast of Slaves (Slavernes Kyst). By Thorkild Hansen. Translated by Kari Dako, illustrations by Birte Lund. Accra, Ghana: Sub-Saharan Publishers, 2002. Pp. 288; 34 line drawings; 24 color photographs. $37.95/£22.95 paper.This English translation of the...
Colonial States and Civic Virtues in Africa: Essays in Honor of John Lonsdale
This special issue began as an attempt to take up John Lonsdale's ideas about civic virtue-ideas put forward as he began to write about the political ideas behind Kenya's Mau Mau rebellion of the 1950s-in order to problematize ideas about civil society...
Denmark and the National Liberation in Southern Africa
Denmark and the National Liberation in Southern Africa. By Christopher Munthe Morgenstierne... Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute, 2003. Pp. 142; 14 illustrations. euro 20, £16.95, SEK 200.This book is the fourth and last volume in a research project...
Eurafricans in Western Africa; Commerce, Social Status, Gender, and Religious Observance from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century
Eurafricans in Western Africa; Commerce, Social Status, Gender, and Religious Observance from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century. By George Brooks. Athens: Ohio University Press, and Oxford: James Curry, 2003. Pp. xxiii, 355. $65.00 cloth, $26.95...
Geschosse Zu Wassertropfen Sozio-Religiöse Aspekte Des Maji-Maji-Krieges in Deutsch-Ostafrika (1905-1907)
Geschosse zu Wassertropfen Sozio-religiöse Aspekte des Maji-Maji-Krieges in Deutsch-Ostafrika (1905-1907). By Jigal Beez. [Bullets to Drops of Water: Aspects of the Maji Maji War in German East Africa, 1905-1907]. Vorkoloniale und frühkoloniale Geschichte...
Gramsci, Culture, and Anthropology
Gramsci, Culture, and Anthropology. By Kate Crehan. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002. Pp. x, 220. $49.95 cloth, $18.95 paper.Since the middle 1980s the notion of culture has come under attack in the field of anthropology. Critics of culture...
Guerrilla Veterans in Post-War Zimbabwe: Symbolic and Violent Politics, 1980-1987
Guerrilla Veterans in Post-War Zimbabwe: Symbolic and Violent Politics, 1980-1987. By Norma Kriger. African Studies Series. New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993. Pp. xx, 293. $65.00.With Zimbabwe's political and economic struggles...
Kaunda's Gaoler: Memoirs of a District Officer in Northern Rhodesia and Zambia
Kaunda's Gaoler: Memoirs of a District Officer in Northern Rhodesia and Zambia. By David G. Coe and E. Cyril Greenall. London: The Radcliffe Press, 2003. Pp. xxii, 221. $39.50.A few years after the end of colonial rule in Zambia E. Cyril Greenall's new,...
Massacre at Ribo Post: Expansion and Expediency on the Colonial Frontier in East Africa*
The colonial conquest of East Africa was a protracted and haphazard business spanning three decades, first begun in the early 1890s but not completed until 1919. As the frontier of colonial conquest advanced, there were many episodes of Africa resistance...
Portugaliae Monumenta Africana, Volume V
Portugaliae Monumenta Africana, Volume V. Edited by Maria Luisa Oliveira Esteves. Lisbon: Comissão Nacional das Comemorações dos Descobrimentos Portugueses, Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda, 2002. Pp. 844.This fifth volume of the monumental series produced...
Representing African Music: Postcolonial Notes, Queries, Positions
Representing African Music: Postcolonial Notes, Queries, Positions. By Kofi Agawu. New York: Routledge, 2003. Pp. xxii, 266. $85.00.While many Africanist historians have been turning their attention to music and different forms of cultural expression,...
Representing the Body of the Slave
Representing the Body of the Slave. Edited by Thomas Wiedemann and Jane Gardner. London and Portland, Ore.: Frank Cass, 2002. Pp. 195. $24.50 paper.Weidemann and Gardner's Representing the Body of the Slave crosses many boundaries: disciplinary, geographical,...
Reproduction and Social Context in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Collection of Micro-Demographic Studies
Reproduction and Social Context in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Collection of Micro-Demographic Studies. Edited by Samuel AgyeiMensah and John B. Casterline. Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies, Number 206. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2003....
Salaula: The World of Secondhand Clothing and Zambia
Salaula: The World of Secondhand Clothing and Zambia, By Karen Tranberg Hansen. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2000. Pp. 298. $47.00 cloth, $22.50/£14.50 paper.The Chibemba term salaula means '"to select from a pile in the manner of rummaging'...
Short Notices
Unless 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.Algeria, 1830-2000: A Short History. By Benjamin Stora; translated by Jane Marie Todd. Ithaca,...
South Africa's Environmental History: Cases and Comparisons
South Africa's Environmental History: Cases and Comparisons. Edited by Stephen Dovers, Ruth Edgecombe, and Bill Guest. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2003, and Cape Town: David Philip, 2002. Pp. ix, 326. $24.95 paper.This book has its origins in a 1996...
The Archaeology of Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa
The Archaeology of Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa. By Timothy Insoll. Cambridge World Archaeology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Pp. xv, 470; 125 illustrations. $95.00 cloth, $37.00 paper.Timothy Insoll's detailed overview of the archaeology...
The History of Education under Apartheid, 1948-1994: The Doors of Learning and Culture Shall Be Opened
The History of Education under Apartheid, 1948-1994: The Doors of Learning and Culture Shall Be Opened. Edited by Peter Kallaway. History of Schools and Schooling, Vol. 28. New York: Peter Lang, 2002. Pp. xvi, 399. 10 illustrations. $34.95 paper.Though...
The Imperial Horizons of British Protestant Missions, 1880-1914
The Imperial Horizons of British Protestant Missions, 1880-1914. Edited by Andrew Porter. Studies in the History of Christian Missions. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2003. Pp. xiii, 250. $45.00 paper.This volume consists...
The Lion and the Springbok: Britain and South Africa since the Boer War
The Lion and the Springbok: Britain and South Africa since the Boer War. By Ronald Hyam and Peter Henshaw. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Pp. xv, 379. $60.00.Ronald Hyam is emeritus reader in British imperial history, University of Cambridge....
"The Pgymies Were Our Compass": Bantu and Batwa in the History of West-Central Africa, Early Times to C. 1900 C.E
"The Pgymies Were Our Compass": Bantu and Batwa in the History of West-Central Africa, Early Times to C. 1900 C.E. By Kairn Kleiman. Social History of Africa Series. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2003. Pp. xxxiv, 253. $64.00 cloth, $26.00 paper.Pygmies,...
The Politics of Storytelling: Violence, Transgression, and Intersubjectivity
The Politics of Storytelling: Violence, Transgression, and Intersubjectivity. By Michael Jackson. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2002. Pp. 320. $49.00 paper.As its title indicates, this book is neither about Africa nor history and thus of little...
The Return of Sara Baartman
The Return of Sara Baartman. Film by Zola Maseko. New York: First Run Icarus Films, 2003. 53 min., color. $248 purchase, $75.00 rental.Zola Maseko's film focuses on the people who engineered the return of Sara Baartman's physical remains from Paris to...
The Struggle for Meaning: Reflections on Philosophy, Culture, and Democracy in Africa
The Struggle for Meaning: Reflections on Philosophy, Culture, and Democracy in Africa. By Paulin J. Hountondji. Translated by John Conteh-Morgan, with a foreword by K. Anthony Appiah. Center for International Studies at Ohio University Research in International...
Verandahs of Power: Colonialism and Space in Urban Africa
Verandahs of Power: Colonialism and Space in Urban Africa. By Garth Andrew Myers. Space, Place, and Society. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 2003. Pp. xxii, 199; 16 illustrations. $19.95 paper.Verandahs of Power is a departure of sorts from...
Viaggio Di Affrica E America Portughesa
Viaggio di Affrica e America Portughesa. By Annibale Tavarone da Genova. Edited by Carlo Toso. Rome: Institute Storico dei Cappuccini, 2001. Pp. 420.Carlo Toso has rendered wonderful service to Africanists in publishing this hitherto completely unused...
Why They Fought: Black Cape Colonists and Imperial Wars, 1899-1918*
This essay starts with the intriguing question sometimes still posed by historians:1 "Why did black South Africans retain their optimistic faith in the British imperial project, despite its palpably wounding betrayal of their tenuous rights and interests?"...
Words Cannot Be Found. German Colonial Rule in Namibia: An Annotated Report of the 1918 Blue Book
Words Cannot Be Found. German Colonial Rule in Namibia: An Annotated Report of the 1918 Blue Book. Edited by Jeremy Silvester and Jan-Bart Gewald. Sources for African History Volume 1. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2003. Pp. xxxvii, 363; 5 illustrations....
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