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. 3, 2006

A Hill among a Thousand: Transformations and Ruptures in Rural Rwanda
A Hill among a Thousand: Transformations and Ruptures in Rural Rwanda. By Danielle de Lame (Translated by Helen Arnold). Africa and the Diaspora: History, Politics, Culture. Madison, Wisc. and Teruven, Belg.: The University of Wisconsin Press and Royal...
A History of the Excluded: Making Family a Refuge from State in Twentieth-Century Tanzania
A History of the Excluded: Making Family a Refuge from State in Twentieth-Century Tanzania. By James L. Giblin. Eastern African Studies. Athens: Ohio University Press and Oxford: James Currey, 2005. Pp. xii, 304, maps, tables, illustrations. $55.00 cloth,...
An African Trading Empire: The Story of Susman Brothers & Wulfsohn, 1901-2005
An African Trading Empire: The Story of Susman Brothers & Wulfsohn, 1901-2005. By Hugh Macmillan. London: I.B. Tauris, 2005. Pp. xii, 492; 16 illustrations. $74.95.In An African Trading Empire Hugh Macmillan presents a detailed history of a family...
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: African NGOs, Donors and the State
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: African NGOs, Donors and the State. Edited by Jim Igoe and Tim Kelsall. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2005. Pp. 309. $40.00/£33.00 paper.Over the past decade I have noticed an increase in the number of students...
Black Africans in Renaissance Europe
Black Africans in Renaissance Europe. Edited by T. F. Earle and K. J. P. Lowe. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Pp. xvii, 417; 67 illustrations. $110.00.The European dimension of the African diaspora has been much less well studied than...
Child Soldiers in Africa
Child Soldiers in Africa. By Alcinda Honwana. Ethnography of Political Violence series. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006. Pp. 202. $45.00/£29.50 cloth.Alcinda Honwana addresses a difficult and necessary topic in her survey of child...
Counter-Coup in Lourenço Marques: September 1974
The long established rightwing dictatorship in Portugal was overthrown by a military coup led by General António de Spinola on 25 April 1974. One of the chief objectives of the so-called Movimento das Forças Armadas (Armed Forces Movement) was to extricate...
Danish Sources for the History of Ghana, 1657-1754
Danish Sources for the History of Ghana, 1657-1754. Edited by Ole Justesen; translated by James Manley. Fontes Historiae Africanae, Series Varia VIII. Copenhagen: Del Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab, 2005. 2 vols. Pp. xxxviii, 1058; 4 maps. DKK...
Debility and the Moral Imagination in Botswana
Debility and the Moral Imagination in Botswana. By Julie Livingston. African Systems of Thought. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005. Pp.xii, 310; 13 illustrations. $65.00 cloth, $24.95 paper.Debility and the Moral Imagination in Botswana, Julie...
Entretiens Avec Bala Kanté: Une Chronique Du Manding Du XXème Siecle
Entretiens avec Bala Kanté: Une chronique du Manding du XXème siecle. Edited by Jan Jansen and Mountaga Diarra. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2006. Pp. 155; b/w photos 10. $55.00/euro55 paper.Between 1999 and 2002, during sporadic visits to a Mandé village...
Farmers and Townspeople in a Changing Nigeria: Abakaliki during Colonial Times (1905-1960)
Farmers and Townspeople in a Changing Nigeria: Abakaliki during Colonial Times (1905-1960). By Simon Ottenberg. Ibadan, Nigeria: Spectrum Books, 2005. Pp. xxi, 373; 3 maps, 23 photographs.In what Professor Ottenberg clearly means to be one of his last...
FASHIONING SEXUALITY: DESIRE, MANYEMA ETHNICITY, AND THE CREATION OF THE KANGA, Ca. 1880-1900*
"The Manyuema are far more beautiful than either the bond or free of Zanzibar. I overhear the remark often, 'If we had Manyuema wives what beautiful children we should beget.'"1IntroductionConceptions of the desirability of elite Manyema women probably...
Food, Culture and Survival in an African City
Food, Culture and Survival in an African City. By Karen Coen Flynn. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. Pp. xviii, 254; 32 illustrations. $22.95 paper.In Food, Culture and Survival in an African City, Karen Coen Flynn engages the challenge of describing...
French Colonialism Unmasked, the Vichy Years in French West Africa
French Colonialism Unmasked, The Vichy Years in French West Africa. By Ruth Ginio. Lincoln, Nebr.: University of Nebraska Press, 2006. Pp. xii, 213. 8 Illustrations. $65.00 / £49.95.This lively, meticulously researched, well-written volume frontally...
"Gendered Social Relationships."
"Gendered Social Relationships." Edited by Marissa Moorman and Kathleen Sheldon. Revue Lusotopie: International Political Research on Spaces Stemming from Portuguese Colonization and History, vol. XII, nos. 1 and 2. Leiden/Boston: Brill Academic Publishers,...
Gouverner Les Sociétés Africaines: Acteurs et Institutions
Gouverner les sociétés africaines: Acteurs et institutions. Edited by Patrick Quantin. Coll. "L'Afrique politique," Centre d'étude d'Afrique noire. Paris: Editions Karthala, 2005. Pp. 337; tables, abbreviations.This work is the latest avatar of the collection...
Historical Dictionary of Madagascar
Historical Dictionary of Madagascar, second edition. By Philip M. Alien and Maureen Covell. Historical Dictionaries of Africa, No. 98. Lanham, Md: The Scarecrow Press, 2005. Pp. lxxxiii, 420; 3 maps. $90.00.Historians, social scientists, and all others...
I Laugh So I Won't Cry: Kenya's Women Tell the Stories of Their Lives
I Laugh So I Won't Cry: Kenya's Women Tell the Stories of Their Lives. By Helena Halperin. Trenton, NJ.: Africa World Press, 2005. Pp. xxii, 350. $29.95 paper.In I Laugh So I Won't Cry, Helena Halperin documents ways in which Kenyan women of all ranks...
Imperial Gullies: Soil Erosion and Conservation in Lesotho
Imperial Gullies: Soil Erosion and Conservation in Lesotho. By Kate B. Showers. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2005. Pp. xxix, 346. $55.00 cloth, $26.95 paper.Kate Showers could hardly have chosen a more difficult topic to investigate than the history...
Invisible Hands: Child Labor and the State in Colonial Zimbabwe
Invisible Hands: Child Labor and the State in Colonial Zimbabwe. By Beverly Carolease Grier. Social History of Africa. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2006. Pp. xii, 284; 19 illustrations. $29.95 paper.Beverly Grier's monograph, Invisible Hands: Child Labor...
I Want to Dance and Other Poems
I Want to Dance and Other Poems. By Tenure Ojaide. San Francisco and Lagos, Nigeria: African Heritage Press, 2003; Pp. 89. $14.95 paper.Tanure Ojaide is among the most prolific modern African poets, and this collection is the thirteenth of his poetry...
Jews of a Saharan Oasis: Elimination of the Tamantit Community
Jews of a Saharan Oasis: Elimination of the Tamantit Community. By John Hunwick. Princeton, N.J.: Markus Wiener, 2006. Pp. viii, 91; 1 illustration. $68.95 cloth, $28.95 paper.An oft-invoked myth, current in academic circles as elsewhere, is that of...
"LANDLORDS OF ONITSHA": URBAN LAND, ACCUMULATION, AND DEBATES OVER CUSTOM IN COLONIAL EASTERN NIGERIA, Ca. 1880-1945*
Many scholars have explored how property, particularly urban land and housing, became a resource for economic accumulation for some Africans during the colonial period.1 The penetration of international commerce and the imposition of colonial rule led...
Léopold II, Un Roi Génocidaire?
Léopold II, un roi génocidaire? By Michel Dumoulin. Mémoires de la Classe des Lettres, vol. 37. Brussels: Académie Royale de Belgique, 2005. Pp. 122. euro 17.00 paper.The deliberately provocative question that serves as the title of this slim volume...
Liberia: The Violence of Democracy
Liberia: The Violence of Democracy. By Mary H. Moran. The Ethnography of Political Violence Series. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006. Pp. 190; 15 illustrations. $49.95 /£32.50.In Liberia: The Violence of Democracy, anthropologist...
Limits to Liberation after Apartheid: Citizenship, Governance and Culture
Limits to Liberation after Apartheid: Citizenship, Governance and Culture. Edited by Steven L. Robins. Athens: Ohio University Press; Oxford, U.K.: James Currey; Cape Town, So. Afr.: David Philip Publishers, 2005. Pp. x, 246; index, bibliography, illustrations....
Litigants and Households: African Disputes and Colonial Courts in the French Soudan, 1895-1912
Litigants and Households: African Disputes and Colonial Courts in the French Soudan, 1895-1912. By Richard Roberts. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2005. Pp. xii, 309; maps. $99.95 cloth, $29.95 paper.In their introduction to Law in Colonial Africa (1991),...
Maize and Grace: Africa's Encounter with a New World Crop, 1500-2000
Maize and Grace: Africa's Encounter with a New World Crop, 1500-2000. By James McCann. Cambridge, Mass, and London: Harvard University Press, 2005. Pp. xiii, 289. $27.95.One of the remarkable developments in Africa's agricultural geography since the...
Modern Algeria: The Origins and Development of a Nation
Modern Algeria: The Origins and Development of a Nation. Second edition. By John Ruedy. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005. Pp. xii, 325; 7 maps. $21.95 paper.The pioneering "first generation" of American historians studying Algeria's modern...
More Than Red Rubber and Figures Alone: A Critical Appraisal of the Memory of the Congo Exhibition at the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium*
The conquest of the earth,... is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.1A number of years ago a friend and I visited the Royal Museum for Central Africa at Tervuren in Belgium. Guards in ill-fitting blue uniforms, modeled on those of the...
Murambi, the Book of Bones: A Novel
Murambi, The Book of Bones: A Novel. By Boubacar Boris Diop. Translated by Fiona McLaughlin. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2006. Original, Editions Stock, 2000. Pp. xix, 182. $16.95 paper.Murambi, The Book of Bones, is a novel...
Negotiating Power and Privilege: Igbo Career Women in Contemporary Nigeria
Negotiating Power and Privilege: Igbo Career Women in Contemporary Nigeria. By Philomina E. Okeke-Ihejirika. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2004. Pp. xiv, 230. $26.00 paper.Negotiating Power and Privilege explores the link between Igbo women's access...
Ngecha: A Kenyan Village in a Time of Rapid Social Change
Ngecha: A Kenyan Village in a Time of Rapid Social Change. Edited Carolyn Pope Edwards and Beatrice Blyth Whiting. Lincoln, Nebr. and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2004. Pp. 336. $60.00/£45.95.Africanist scholars are known for applying multidisciplinary...
Not White Enough, Not Black Enough: Racial Identity in the South African Coloured Community
Not White Enough, Not Black Enough: Racial Identity in the South African Coloured Community. By Mohamed Adhikari. Ohio University Research in International Studies, Africa Series no. 83. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2005. Pp. vii, 252. $24.00 paper.Mohamed...
PASTORALISM, SLAVERY, COMMERCE, CULTURE AND THE FATE OF THE NUBIANS OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL KORDOFAN UNDER DAR FUR RULE, Ca. 1750-Ca. 1850
The century that embraced the last half of the eighteenth and the first half of the nineteenth formed a critical period in the creation of the modern Sudan. For the eastern kingdom of Sinnar, centered in the Nile valley, this "Heroic Age" witnessed the...
Power & Press Freedom in Liberia, 1830-1970: The Impact of Globalization and Civil Society on Media-Government Relations
Power & Press Freedom in Liberia, 1830-1970: The Impact of Globalization and Civil Society on Media-Government Relations. By Carl Patrick Burrowes. Trenton, N.J. and Asmara, Eritrea: Africa World Press, 2004. Pp. vii, 312; 10 illustrations, 3 maps,...
Rwanda Means the Universe: A Native's Memoir of Blood and Bloodlines
Rwanda Means the Universe: A Native's Memoir of Blood and Bloodlines. By Louise Mushikiwabo and Jack Kramer. New York: St. Martin's Press. Pp. xvi, 367. $26.95.Rwanda Means the Universe is about Louise Mushikiwabo's memories of both the 1994 Rwanda genocide...
Servants of the Sharia: The Civil Register of the Qadi's Court of Brava 1893-1900
Servants of the Sharia: The Civil Register of the Qadi's Court of Brava 1893-1900. Edited by Alessandra Vianello and Mohamed M. Kassim. African Sources for African History Volume 6. Leiden: Brill, 2006. Volume I: Pp. xviii, 1-1169, 24 illustrations;...
Simon Vengayi Muzenda and the Struggle for, and the Liberation of Zimbabwe
Simon Vengayi Muzenda and the Struggle for, and the Liberation of Zimbabwe. By Ngwabi Bhebe. Gweru, Zimbabwe: Mambo Press, 2004. Pp. 286; index. $24.95 paper.Biographies of living people have enormous constraints. If you let the subject speak for himself,...
South Africa's Weapons of Mass Destruction
South Africa's Weapons of Mass Destruction. By Helen E. Purkitt and Stephen F. Burgess. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005. Pp. 313. $65.00 cloth, $24.95 paper.In 1993, South Africa's President F. W. De Klerk, announced that it had fully dismantled...
The African AIDS Epidemic: A History
The African AIDS Epidemic: A History. By John Iliffe. Athens: Ohio University Press; Oxford: James Currey; Cape Town: Double Storey, 2006. Pp. ix, 214; 4 maps. $55.00 cloth; $24.95 paper.John Iliffe's most recent book is a slim volume on a broad topic....
The Church of Women: Gendered Encounters between Maasai and Missionaries
The Church of Women: Gendered Encounters between Maasai and Missionaries. By Dorothy L Hodgson. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2005. Pp. xv, 307. $65.00 cloth, $24.95 paper.This superb book is one of the best studies written...
The Dialectics of Transformation in Africa
The Dialectics of Transformation in Africa. By Elias K. Bongmba. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. Pp. x, 310. $69.95.The volume is a socioeconomic and political analysis of the "African crisis." It is also an attempt to define a new moral compass...
The Maphumulo Uprising: War, Law and Ritual in the Zulu Rebellion
The Maphumulo Uprising: War, Law and Ritual in the Zulu Rebellion. By Jeff Guy. Scottsville, South Africa: University of KwaZuluNatal Press, 2005. Distributed by International Specialized Book Services, Portland, Oreg. Pp. xii, 276. $34.95 paper.This...
The Pan-African Nation: Oil and the Spectacle of Culture in Nigeria
The Pan-African Nation: Oil and the Spectacle of Culture in Nigeria. By Andrew Apter. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005. Pp. x, 334; maps, charts, figures. $24.00/£17 paper.Andrew Apter's The Pan-African Nation is something of a hybrid text,...
The Western Sahara Conflict: The Role of Natural Resources in Decolonization
The Western Sahara Conflict: The Role of Natural Resources in Decolonization. Edited by Claes Olsson. Current African Issues, No. 33. Uppsala, Sweden: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2006. Pp. 31; map. SEK 90 paper.On April 30, 2006, the Kerr-McGee Corporation,...
Undermining Development: The Absence of NGO Power among Local NGOs in Africa
Undermining Development: The Absence of NGO Power among Local NGOs in Africa. By Sarah Michael. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press 2004. Pp. xi; 206. $49.95 cloth, $22.95 paper.Based upon its title, I expected Michael's book to engage innovatively...
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