The Social History of Africa Series

Colonial Lessons
Colonial Lessons

L Carol Summers

Studying of the meanings of education, mission identities, and cultural change in Southern Rhodesia, Summers shows how mission-educated Africans negotiated new identities for themselves and their communities within the confines of segregation. From the beginning of the 20th century to the end of the Second World War, Africans in Southern Rhodesia experienced massive changes. Colonialism was systematized, segregation grew rigid and intensive,... more

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Colonial Lessons
Colonial Lessons

L Carol Summers

Studying of the meanings of education, mission identities, and cultural change in Southern Rhodesia, Summers shows how mission-educated Africans negotiated new identities for themselves and their communities within the confines of segregation. From the beginning of the 20th century to the end of the Second World War, Africans in Southern Rhodesia experienced massive changes. Colonialism was systematized, segregation grew rigid and intensive,... more

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Farmers, Traders, Warriors, and Kings
Farmers, Traders, Warriors, and Kings
Female Power and Authority in Northern Igboland, 1900-1960

Nwando Achebe

    This is a brilliant and refreshing book, which gives ample and well-deserved voice to women...It is a book that will definitely be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of history, anthropology, political science, religion, and political economy. It is a must read for scholars and students in Women’s Studies Programs.
    —Felix K. Ekechi; Professor Emeritus(History); Kent State University

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Invisible Hands
Invisible Hands
Child Labor and the State in Colonial Zimbabwe

Beverly C Grier

Using a wealth of previously misread or neglected documentation, Grier demonstrates that children and adolescents were a major preoccupation of settlers in the mining and agricultural sectors, of domestic service, and of officials whose task it was to provide conditions favorable to the accumulation of capital. By doing so, she uncovers how the youngest workers resisted attempts to control their mobility and labor. Young workers and migrants... more

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Litigants and Households
Litigants and Households
African Disputes and Colonial Courts in the French Soudan, 1895-1912

Richard Roberts

Why did Africans bring their most intimate domestic disputes to the newly created native courts in the period after 1905? And what do these disputes tell us about everyday life and social change? To answer these questions, Roberts uses all 2,062 civil disputes heard at the provincial level native courts for four districts between 1905 and 1912. He concludes that changes in social relations occurring at a time of accelerated change associated... more

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Litigants and Households
Litigants and Households
African Disputes and Colonial Courts in the French Soudan, 1895-1912

Richard Roberts

Why did Africans bring their most intimate domestic disputes to the newly created native courts in the period after 1905? And what do these disputes tell us about everyday life and social change? To answer these questions, Roberts uses all 2,062 civil disputes heard at the provincial level native courts for four districts between 1905 and 1912. He concludes that changes in social relations occurring at a time of accelerated change associated... more

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Men and Masculinities in Modern Africa
Men and Masculinities in Modern Africa

Lisa A. Lindsay, Edited By Stephan Miescher

This collection is the first to analyze the concepts and issues involved in exploring African men and the constructions of masculinity in sub-Saharan Africa. Major themes include men as gendered actors, the social construction of masculinity, masculinity as a relational category, and hegemonic and subordinate masculinities.... more

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Paradoxes of Power
Paradoxes of Power

Sean Stilwell

This book is a history of royal slavery in the Sokoto Caliphate of what is now Nigeria. Shaped by the broader literature on Islam and slavery in Africa, Stilwell's study seeks to understand the historical relationship between Islam, Islamic politics, and the use of slaves in Kano—a major city in the Caliphate. By doing this, Stilwell opens a new comparative dimension in African social history. This work integrates the history of the most important... more

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Paradoxes of Power
Paradoxes of Power

Sean Stilwell

This book is a history of royal slavery in the Sokoto Caliphate of what is now Nigeria. Shaped by the broader literature on Islam and slavery in Africa, Stilwell's study seeks to understand the historical relationship between Islam, Islamic politics, and the use of slaves in Kano—a major city in the Caliphate. By doing this, Stilwell opens a new comparative dimension in African social history. This work integrates the history of the most important... more

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Planting Rice and Harvesting Slaves
Planting Rice and Harvesting Slaves
Transformations along the Guinea-Bissau Coast,1400-1900

Walter Hawthorne

Hawthorne reevaluates long-held notions about the Atlantic slave trade's impact on a number of "stateless"—or decentralized—societies in Africa's Guinea-Bissau region. He shows that decentralized societies were by no means passive victims of the slave trade, as commonly depicted in the literature, but vigorously defended themselves from the incursions of the raiders.... more

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Planting Rice and Harvesting Slaves
Planting Rice and Harvesting Slaves

Walter Hawthorne

Hawthorne reevaluates long-held notions about the Atlantic slave trade's impact on a number of "stateless"—or decentralized—societies in Africa's Guinea-Bissau region. He shows that decentralized societies were by no means passive victims of the slave trade, as commonly depicted in the literature, but vigorously defended themselves from the incursions of the raiders.... more

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Poison and Medicine
Poison and Medicine

Douglas A Anthony

Ethnicity can be brought to destructive or constructive ends, depending on who mobilizes it and how it is wielded. There is abundant evidence in Africa and elsewhere of the tragically divisive influence of ethnicized politics. The constructive applications of ethnic identities, however, have received less scholarly attention. This book shows how Igbos returned and renegotiated their position in the new political and economic environment of Kano... more

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Poison and Medicine
Poison and Medicine

Douglas A Anthony

Ethnicity can be brought to destructive or constructive ends, depending on who mobilizes it and how it is wielded. There is abundant evidence in Africa and elsewhere of the tragically divisive influence of ethnicized politics. The constructive applications of ethnic identities, however, have received less scholarly attention. This book shows how Igbos returned and renegotiated their position in the new political and economic environment of Kano... more

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Practicing History in Central Tanzania
Practicing History in Central Tanzania
Writing, Memory, and Performance

Gregory H Maddox, Ernest M Kongola

History is preserved by individuals. Ernest M, Kongola, a retired educator living in Dodoma, Tanzania, has devoted much of the last twenty years to preserving the history of his people, the Gogo. He has produced seven volumes of clan histories, biographies, accounts of important events, and descriptions of customs and traditions. Maddox demonstrates how the past is constructed by critical actors like Ernest Kongola as part of an ongoing process... more

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Re-creating Eden
Re-creating Eden
Land Use, Environment, and Society in Southern Angola and Northern Namibia

Emmanuel H. Kreike

This work analyzes the social and environmental impact of colonial conquest and pacification of Africa through a case study of the Angolan-Namibian borderlands. These areas were exposed to three different systems of colonial expansion: German, Portuguese, and British (South African). This study demonstrates the interactions between social and environmental factors, structures and processes and shows that colonial conquest needs to be acknowledged... more

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Running After Pills
Running After Pills

Amy Kaler

Kaler examines how "modern" contraceptive technologies, such as the pill and the Deop-Provera injection, were embroiled in gender and generation conflicts, and in the national liberation struggle, in Zimbabwe during the 1960s and 1970s. Based on extensive oral and archival research, the book shows the ways in which fertility and control over reproduction within marriage and the family influenced the development of the "imagined community"... more

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Sacred Trees, Bitter Harvests
Sacred Trees, Bitter Harvests

Brad Weiss

Weiss explores the dynamic relation of specific local, regional, and global understandings of value as manifested in the coffee of rural Haya communities. His investigation offers critical insight into the significance of colonial and postcolonial encounters in this region of Africa.... more

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The Culture of Power in Southern Africa
The Culture of Power in Southern Africa

Clifton C Crais

This collection of essays significantly refines the way we think about state and society in the British Southern Africa of the 19th and 20th centuries, from the conquest of the Transkei and Natal to contemporary Botswana and Zimbabwe. The essays embody a range of disciplinary perspectives, including anthropology, history, and historical sociology. Yet they share a set of theoretical and empirical concerns united by an interesting understanding... more

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The Pygmies Were Our Compass
The Pygmies Were Our Compass

KAIRN A. KLIEMAN

Covering more than 2,000 years this important region's history, this book is a groundbreaking contribution to the knowledge of pre-colonial Africa. It is the first historical work to reconstruct a Batwa or "Pygmy" past, thereby questioning Western epistemologies that have long portrayed the Batwa as a quintessential people without history.... more

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Truth and Reconciliation
Truth and Reconciliation

Susan V Gallagher

Confessional literature is a particularly appropriate mode of literary discourse for a society struggling to carve out a new national identity based not on race, but on a shared sense of geographic space and egalitarian and democratic values. Emerging from the Christian tradition of acknowledgment and testimony, and influenced by the complexities of South African religious history, the confessional mode in South African literature appears in... more

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