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. 47, No. 3, 2014

Africa and France: Postcolonial Cultures, Migration, and Racism
Africa and France: Postcolonial Cultures, Migration, and Racism. By Dominic Thomas. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2013. Pp. 329. $80.00 cloth, $28.00 paper, $23.99 e-book.Many critics have called for the decentering of French...
Africa in the World: Capitalism, Empire, Nation-State
Africa in the World: Capitalism, Empire, Nation-State. By Frederick Cooper. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014. Pp. xii, 130; maps, notes, index. $35.00 cloth.First, the bottom line. This book is short but not slight. Focused largely on West...
A History of Modern Morocco
A History of Modern Morocco. By Susan Gilson Miller. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Pp. 306. $24.99 paper.In late-1999, a reporter for a Moroccan newspaper asked me an anxiety-provoking question: Do you think Morocco is a democracy? I was...
Blood Work and "Rumors" of Blood: Nutritional Research and Insurrection in Buganda, 1935-1970
IntroductionEarly in the morning on April 25 1949, several hundred Ugandans gathered at the palace of the Kabaka (King) of Buganda. By 10:00 a.m., approximately 4,000 pressed against the palace gates. "Eight peoples' representatives" were then allowed...
Conclusion: Experimentation in Colonial East Africa and Beyond
Have we a right to perform experiments and vivisection on man? Physicians make therapeutic experiments daily on their patients, and surgeons perform vivisections daily on their subjects. Experiments, then, may be performed on man, but within what limits?Claude...
Conflict and Peacebuilding in the African Great Lakes Region
Conflict and Peacebuilding in the African Great Lakes Region. Edited by Kenneth Omeje and Tricia Redeker Hepner. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013. Pp. xiii, 245; index, bibliography. $28.00 paper.Conflict and Peacebuilding in the African Great...
Ghana during the First World War: The Colonial Administration of Sir Hugh Clifford
Ghana during the First World War: The Colonial Administration of Sir Hugh Clifford. By Elizabeth Wrangham. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2013. Pp. xxvii, 310; appendices, footnotes, bibliography. $50.00 paper.Through a comprehensive scouring of...
Imperialism, Economic Development and Social Change in Africa
Imperialism, Economic Development and Social Change in Africa. By Raymond E. Dumett. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2013. Pp. 538. $65.00 paper.Raymond Dumett's Imperialism, Economic Development and Social Change in West Africa is a volume of collected...
Inside African Anthropology: Monica Wilson and Her Interpreters
Inside African Anthropology: Monica Wilson and Her Interpreters. Edited by Andrew Bank and Leslie J. Bank. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Pp. xv, 354; figures, notes, bibliography. $99.95.This deftly organized, meticulously researched, and...
Introduction: Incorporating Medical Research into the History of Medicine in East Africa *
There is a deep history of medical research in East Africa, which is intertwined with the larger and longer history of medical interventions in the region. Since Europeans arrived in East Africa in the mid-1800s, Africans have been exposed to Western...
Research Material and Necromancy: Imagining the Political-Economy of Biomedicine in Colonial Tanganyika
The colonization of Africa roughly coincided with the emergence of medical microbiology, which for the purposes of the current discussion one might mark by Robert Koch's 1882 identification of a bacillus that caused tuberculosis.1 With this discovery...
Rethinking the South African Crisis: Nationalism, Populism, and Hegemony
Rethinking the South African Crisis: Nationalism, Populism, and Hegemony. By Gillian Hart. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2013. Pp. xxiii, 268; abbreviations, map, illustrations, notes, bibliography. $74.95 cloth, $24.95 paper.After the death of...
Savannas of Our Birth: People, Wildlife, and Change in East Africa
Savannas of Our Birth: People, Wildlife, and Change in East Africa. By Robin S. Reid. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012. Pp. x, 396; maps, photographs, bibliography, index. $39.95/£ 27.95 cloth.Savanna science has come of age, as this comprehensive...
Slavery in the Sudan: History, Documents and Commentary
Slavery in the Sudan: History, Documents and Commentary. By Mohamed Ibrahim Nugud. Translated by Asma Mohamed Abdel Halim and edited by Sharon Barnes. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Pp. xxix, 184; tables, bibliography, index, notes. $85.00.Muhammad...
South African Women Living with HIV: Global Lessons from Local Voices
South African Women Living with HIV: Global Lessons from Local Voices. By Anna Aulette-Root, Floretta Boonzaier, and Judy Aulette. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014. Pp. viii, 166; notes, bibliography. $70.00 cloth, $25.00 paper.The first four...
The Biafran War: The Struggle for Modern Nigeria
The Biafran War: The Struggle for Modern Nigeria. By Michael Gould. London and New York NY: I. B. Tauris, 2012. Pp. xviii, 258, maps, photographs, bibliography, appendices, index. £56 cloth, $25.00/£14.99 paper.The most immediate contribution of this...
The Bitter Legacy: African Slavery Past and Present
The Bitter Legacy: African Slavery Past and Present. Edited by Alice Bellagamba, Sandra E. Greene, and Martin A. Klein. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2013. Pp. vi, 221; photographs, glossary. $44.95 cloth, $26.95 paper.When Jake Obetsebi Lamptey,...
The Founders: The Origins of the ANC and the Struggle for Democracy in South Africa
The Founders: The Origins of the ANC and the Struggle for Democracy in South Africa. By André Odendaal. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2013. Pp xv, 569. $40.00.André Odendaal's weighty tome, The Founders, is a lavishly detailed history and...
The History of Somalia
The History of Somalia. By Raphael Chijioke Njoku. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press, 2013. Pp. xxvii, 211. $58.00.This survey of Somali history, part of the Greenwood series of "Histories of the Modern Nations," is deeply and irremediably flawed. The...
"The Malaria Imbroglio": Ethics, Eradication, and Endings in Pare Taveta, East Africa, 1959-1960 *
IntroductionFor five years in the late 1950s, the World Health Organization in partnership with UNICEF and the Institute of Malaria and Vector-Borne Diseases ran a large malaria elimination experiment in the British East African colonies of Kenya and...
What's Gone Wrong? South Africa on the Brink of Failed Statehood
What's Gone Wrong? South Africa on the Brink of Failed Statehood. By Alex Boraine. New Y ork: New Y ork University Press/Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 2014. Pp. xiii, 166; bibliography, index. $25.00 cloth.Alex Boraine was president of the Southern African...
Where the Negroes Are Masters: An African Port in the Era of the Slave Trade
Where the Negroes are Masters: An African Port in the Era of the Slave Trade. By Randy J. Sparks. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014. Pp. 309; illustrations, maps, terms, notes. $29.95 cloth.As the slave trade expanded in West Africa in the...
Ziba Politics and the German Sleeping Sickness Camp at Kigarama, Tanzania, 1907-14 *
IntroductionAt the turn of the century, few issues were more urgent and dramatic for tropical medicine researchers and colonial administrations in central and eastern Africa than epidemic sleeping sickness. Research expeditions launched by metropolitan...
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