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African history books

See below for a selection of the latest books from African history category. Presented with a red border are the African history books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading.

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Recently Published

A History of Rwandan Identity and Trauma The Mythmakers' Victims by Randall Fegley A History of Rwandan Identity and Trauma The Mythmakers' Victims

This book examines the complicated events, conditions, and narratives that have shaped Rwanda's identity. Drawing on numerous sources and fieldwork, it discusses this east central African nation's deeply seated cleavages, atrocious recent past, and the internal and external myths that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2017

Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo of Zimbabwe Politics, Power, and Memory by Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo of Zimbabwe Politics, Power, and Memory

This book is a pioneering study of Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, a Zimbabwean nationalist whose crucial role in the country's anti-colonial struggle has largely gone unrecognized.
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2017

Perspectives on French Colonial Madagascar by Eric T. Jennings Perspectives on French Colonial Madagascar

This book is a vivid history of Madagascar from the pre-colonial era to decolonization, examining a set of French colonial projects and perceptions that revolve around issues of power, vulnerability, health, conflict, control and identity.
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2017

Another Fine Mess America, Uganda, and the War on Terror by Helen Epstein Another Fine Mess America, Uganda, and the War on Terror

Is the West to blame for failing Uganda? In this powerful story of Uganda and its war-torn neighbors in eastern and central Africa, journalist Helen Epstein chronicles how America's naive dealings with African strongmen and single-minded focus on the War...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/09/2017

Colonialism on the Margins of Africa by Linda Piknerova Colonialism on the Margins of Africa

Colonial rule shaped the map of Africa like no other event in history. New borders were delineated; explorers and colonial armies were getting into the interior of the continent in order to grab the magnificent cake of Africa . Colonialism...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/09/2017

Africa, Empire and Fleet Street Albert Cartwright and West Africa Magazine by Jonathan Derrick Africa, Empire and Fleet Street Albert Cartwright and West Africa Magazine

A dual biography: of a pioneering British anti-colonialist and of the newspaper he edited with distinction.
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017

Reinventing Hoodia Peoples, Plants, and Patents in South Africa by Laura A. Foster Reinventing Hoodia Peoples, Plants, and Patents in South Africa

Native to the Kalahari Desert, Hoodia gordonii is a succulent plant known by generations of Indigenous San peoples to have a variety of uses: to reduce hunger, increase energy, and ease breastfeeding. In the global North, it is known as...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017

Reinventing Hoodia Peoples, Plants, and Patents in South Africa by Laura A. Foster Reinventing Hoodia Peoples, Plants, and Patents in South Africa

Native to the Kalahari Desert, Hoodia gordonii is a succulent plant known by generations of Indigenous San peoples to have a variety of uses: to reduce hunger, increase energy, and ease breastfeeding. In the global North, it is known as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

Tunisia An Arab Anomaly by Lisa Anderson Tunisia An Arab Anomaly

The Arab Spring began and ended with Tunisia. In a region beset by brutal repression, humanitarian disasters, and civil war, Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution alone gave way to a peaceful transition to a functioning democracy. Within four short years, Tunisians passed...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2017

Collapse of a Country A Diplomat's Memoir of South Sudan by Nicholas Coghlan Collapse of a Country A Diplomat's Memoir of South Sudan

The first Canadian diplomat to be posted to war-torn Sudan, Nicholas Coghlan was a natural choice to lead Canada's representation in the new Republic of South Sudan soon after the country was founded in 2011. In late 2013, Coghlan and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

Africa 2017-2018 by Francis Wiafe-Amoako Africa 2017-2018


Format: Paperback - Released: 31/08/2017

Revisiting Kwame Nkrumah Pathways for the Future by Jacob U. Gordon Revisiting Kwame Nkrumah Pathways for the Future


Format: Paperback - Released: 31/08/2017

The Politics of Heritage in Africa Economies, Histories, and Infrastructures by Derek R. Peterson The Politics of Heritage in Africa Economies, Histories, and Infrastructures

This book shows African heritage to be a mode of political organisation - where heritage work has a uniquely wide currency.
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/08/2017

Sierra Leone Past And Present by Suzanne Schwarz Sierra Leone Past And Present


Format: Paperback - Released: 31/08/2017

South Africa, Greece, Rome Classical Confrontations by Grant (Stanford University, California) Parker South Africa, Greece, Rome Classical Confrontations
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This book explores how since colonial times South Africa has created its own vernacular classicism, both in creative media and everyday life.
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/08/2017

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Social Currents in North Africa Culture and Governance After the Arab Spring by Osama Abi-Mershed Social Currents in North Africa Culture and Governance After the Arab Spring

Maps the significant yet often overlooked forces shaping Maghrebian society from below.
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/09/2017

The Biafran War and Postcolonial Humanitarianism Spectacles of Suffering by Lasse (Freie Universitat Berlin) Heerten The Biafran War and Postcolonial Humanitarianism Spectacles of Suffering

A global history of 'Biafra', providing a new explanation for the ascendance of humanitarianism in a postcolonial world.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

Medical Imperialism in French North Africa Regenerating the Jewish Community of Colonial Tunis by Richard C. Parks Medical Imperialism in French North Africa Regenerating the Jewish Community of Colonial Tunis

French-colonial Tunisia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries witnessed shifting concepts of identity, including varying theories of ethnic essentialism, a drive toward modernization, and imperialist interpretations of science and medicine. As French colonizers worked to realise ideas of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Freedom's Debtors British Antislavery in Sierra Leone in the Age of Revolution by Padraic X. Scanlan Freedom's Debtors British Antislavery in Sierra Leone in the Age of Revolution

A history of the abolition of the British slave trade in Sierra Leone and how the British used its success to justify colonialism in Africa
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Africa: A Modern History by Guy Arnold Africa: A Modern History

A revised and updated edition of this magisterial and sweeping history of modern Africa.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

Slavery and its Legacy in Ghana and the Diaspora by Rebecca (College of Charleston, USA) Shumway Slavery and its Legacy in Ghana and the Diaspora
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Ghana-for all its notable strides toward more egalitarian political and social systems in the past 60 years-remains a nation plagued with inequalities stemming from its long history of slavery and slave trading. The work assembled in this collection explores the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017

Steeped in Heritage The Racial Politics of South African Rooibos Tea by Sarah Fleming Ives Steeped in Heritage The Racial Politics of South African Rooibos Tea

Exploring the racial and environmental politics behind South Africa's rooibos tea industry to examine heritage-based claims to the indigenous plant by two groups of contested indigeneity: white Afrikaners and coloured South Africans.
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/10/2017

The Anglo Zulu War - Isandlwana The Revelation of a Disaster by Ron Lock The Anglo Zulu War - Isandlwana The Revelation of a Disaster

Describes the events leading up to the battle
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/10/2017

Algeria and the Cold War International Relations and the Struggle for Autonomy by Mohamed Lakhdar Ghettas Algeria and the Cold War International Relations and the Struggle for Autonomy

Highlights how Cold War issues were played out in Algeria
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/10/2017

Economic Development of Africa, 1880-1939 by David Sunderland Economic Development of Africa, 1880-1939

One of the main motives for British imperialism in Africa was economic gain. This collection examines the ways in which Britain developed Africa, and, in so doing, benefited her own economy.
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/10/2017

Communications in Africa, 1880-1939 by David Sunderland Communications in Africa, 1880-1939

This collection presents rare documents relating to the development of various forms of communication across Africa by the British, as part of their economic investment in Africa. Railways and waterways are examined.
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/10/2017

The Struggle Over State Power in Zimbabwe Law and Politics Since 1950 by George Karekwaivanane The Struggle Over State Power in Zimbabwe Law and Politics Since 1950


Format: Hardback - Released: 31/10/2017

The Decolonization of Africa by Professor David Birmingham The Decolonization of Africa

This bold, popularizing synthesis presents a readily accessible introduction to one of the major themes of the twentieth-century world history. Between 1922, when self-government was restored to Egypt, and 1994, when non-racial democracy was achieved in South Africa, no less...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/10/2017

In Search of Ancient North Africa A History in Six Lives by Barnaby Rogerson In Search of Ancient North Africa A History in Six Lives

This book, neither a work of history nor travel writing, is a journey into the ruins of a landscape to make sense of these stories through the lives of five men and one woman.
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/10/2017

Living with Nkrumahism Nation, State, and Pan-Africanism in Ghana by Jeffrey S. Ahlman Living with Nkrumahism Nation, State, and Pan-Africanism in Ghana

In the 1950s, Ghana, under the leadership of Kwame Nkrumah and the Convention People's Party, drew the world's attention as anticolonial activists, intellectuals, and politicians looked to it as a model for Africa's postcolonial future. Nkrumah was a visionary, a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/11/2017

Other books in this genre

Memoirs Of A Born-free Reflections on the Rainbow Nation by Malaika Wa Azania Memoirs Of A Born-free Reflections on the Rainbow Nation


Format: Paperback - Released: 22/08/2017

Hasan al-Turabi Islamist Politics and Democracy in Sudan by Willow (University of Newcastle upon Tyne) Berridge Hasan al-Turabi Islamist Politics and Democracy in Sudan

A comprehensive study of the life and political thought of Sudanese Islamist scholar and politician Hasan al-Turabi.
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/08/2017

Contesting French West Africa Battles over Schools and the Colonial Order, 1900-1950 by Harry Gamble Contesting French West Africa Battles over Schools and the Colonial Order, 1900-1950

Critically examines the move toward educational integration that took shape during the immediate postwar period. Growing linkages to the metropolitan school system ultimately had powerful impacts on the course of decolonisation and the making of postcolonial Africa.
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/08/2017

We Do Not Have Borders Greater Somalia and the Predicaments of Belonging in Kenya by Keren Weitzberg We Do Not Have Borders Greater Somalia and the Predicaments of Belonging in Kenya

Though often associated with foreigners and refugees, many Somalis have lived in Kenya for generations, in many cases since long before the founding of the country.
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/08/2017

We Do Not Have Borders Greater Somalia and the Predicaments of Belonging in Kenya by Keren Weitzberg We Do Not Have Borders Greater Somalia and the Predicaments of Belonging in Kenya

Though often associated with foreigners and refugees, many Somalis have lived in Kenya for generations, in many cases since long before the founding of the country.
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2017

The Anatomy of Neo-Colonialism in Kenya British Imperialism and Kenyatta, 1963-1978 by Wunyabari O. Maloba The Anatomy of Neo-Colonialism in Kenya British Imperialism and Kenyatta, 1963-1978

The successor to Kenyatta and Britain: An Account of Political Transformation, 1929-1963, this book completes the first systematic political history of Jomo Kenyatta by examining the mechanisms of installing a neo-colonial regime in Kenya, and how such regimes were duplicated...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/08/2017

African Kingdoms An Encyclopedia of Empires and Civilizations by Saheed Aderinto African Kingdoms An Encyclopedia of Empires and Civilizations

This history-rich volume details the sociopolitical, economic, and artistic aspects of African kingdoms from the earliest times to the second half of the 19th century.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2017

Kenyatta and Britain An Account of Political Transformation, 1929-1963 by Wunyabari O. Maloba Kenyatta and Britain An Account of Political Transformation, 1929-1963

This book is the first systematic political history of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's founding president. The first of two parts, it explores Kenyatta's formative years in nationalist activism in Kenya and Britain, the complex links between colonial and British intelligence services...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2017

Narrating War and Peace in Africa by Toyin Falola Narrating War and Peace in Africa

A comprehensive volume that offers historical and nuanced representations of war and peace in Africa from the fields of African studies and cultural studies, linguistics, journalism and the media, literature, film, drama and performance, women's and gender studies, and human...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2017

The Politics of Peacemaking in Africa Non-State Actors' Role in the Liberian Civil War by Babatunde Tolu Afolabi The Politics of Peacemaking in Africa Non-State Actors' Role in the Liberian Civil War

A detailed examination of the role of two critical non-state groups in the Liberian Civil War peace process - the diaspora and the religious - that provides key insights for policymakers and NGOs into the roles that civil society actors...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/07/2017

Nigeria's University Age Reframing Decolonisation and Development by Tim Livsey Nigeria's University Age Reframing Decolonisation and Development

This book explores the world of Nigerian universities to offer an innovative perspective on the history of development and decolonisation from the 1930s to the 1960s. Using political, cultural and spatial approaches, the book shows that Nigerians and foreign donors...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/07/2017

Postcolonial Conflict and the Question of Genocide The Nigeria-Biafra War, 1967-1970 by A. Dirk Moses Postcolonial Conflict and the Question of Genocide The Nigeria-Biafra War, 1967-1970

This volume is the first comprehensive and balanced historical account of the momentous Nigeria-Biafra war. It offers a multi-perspectival treatment of the conflict that explores issues such as local experiences of victims, the massive relief campaigns by humanitarian NGOs and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2017

Africans The History of a Continent by John (University of Cambridge) Iliffe Africans The History of a Continent

An updated and comprehensive single-volume history covering all periods from human origins to contemporary African situations.
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017

Africans The History of a Continent by John (University of Cambridge) Iliffe Africans The History of a Continent

An updated and comprehensive single-volume history covering all periods from human origins to contemporary African situations.
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017

The Rift A New Africa Breaks Free by Alex Perry The Rift A New Africa Breaks Free

A vivid and provocative look at how the world gets Africa wrong, and how a resurgent Africa is forcing us to think again - updated with a new preface for the paperback
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017

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