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  • 'Portuguese' Style and Luso-African Identity: Precolonial Senegambia, Sixteenth - Nineteenth Centuries

    By Peter A. Mark

    Our Price: $24.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780253215529
    • Publisher: Indiana University Press
    • Published: November 2002
  • 117 Days

    By Ruth First

    Our Price: $12.60
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143105749
    • Publisher: PENGUIN USA
    • Published: May 2009
    An unforgettable account of defiance against political terror by one of South Africa's pioneering anti-apartheid activistsAn invaluable testimonial of the excesses of the apartheid system, 117 Days presents the harrowing chronicle of journalist Ruth First's isolation and abuse at the hands of South African interrogators after her arrest in 1963. Upon her arrest, she was detained in solitary confinement under South Africa's notorious ninety-day detention law. This is the story of the war of nerves that ensued between First and her Special Branch captors-a work that remains a classic portrait of oppression and the dignity of the human spirit.
  • The 1961 Cameroon Plebiscite

    By John Percival

    Our Price: $29.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9789956558490
    • Publisher: African Books Collective
    • Published: June 2008
  • The 2011 Libyan Uprisings and the Struggle for the Post-Qadhafi Future

    By Jason Pack

    Our Price: $100.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781137308085
    • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
    • Published: June 2013
    In 2011, spontaneous popular uprisings overthrew Muammar Qadhafi - one of the world's most infamous tyrants. Paradoxically, it was Qadhafi's own efforts to "reform" Libya's economy and rebuild the country's international relationships since 2003 that set the stage for Qadhafi's downfall. Despite the enabling effects of twenty-first century communications technology and the aid of NATO jets, the 2011 Libyan uprisings were organized largely along traditional regional, local, and tribal cleavages. The future of post-Qadhafi Libya will be determined by a struggle between "center" and "periphery." This contest has deep resonances in Libyan history. A work of contemporary political history, this volume analyzes the 2011 Libyan uprisings thematically - focusing on the roles of economics, outside actors, tribes, ethnic minorities, and Islamists. This volume's contributors include the British Ambassador to Libya during the uprisings, the President of the American University of Cairo, a former commander of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, and the world's leading academic and security specialists in Libyan affairs.
  • 28: Stories of Aids In Africa

    By Stephanie Nolen

    Our Price: $15.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780802716750
    • Publisher: WALKER AND COMPANY
    • Published: May 2008
    Putting a human face on the ravages of AIDS across Africa, an award-winning journalist offers twenty-eight vivid profiles of African men, women, and children caught up in every aspect of the AIDS crisis and looks at the relationship among the AIDS epidemic, famine, and the violent internecine conflicts across the continent. 50,000 first printing.
  • 32 Battalion: The Inside Story of South Africa's Elite Fighting Unit

    By Piet Nortie

    Our Price: $23.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781868729142
    • Publisher: ZEBRA PRESS
    • Published: October 2004
  • The A to Z of Civil Wars in Africa

    By Guy Arnold

    Our Price: $45.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780810868854
    • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
    • Published: September 2009
  • AFRICA : A Continent Self-Destructs

    By Peter Schwab

    Our Price: $13.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780312240189
    • Publisher: ST. MARTIN'S PRESS
    • Published: October 2001
    Discussion of political, economic, & social conditions in contemporary Africa.
  • AIDS And South Africa

    By Kyle Dean Kauffman

    Our Price: $46.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781403932563
    • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
    • Published: March 2004
    The HIV/AIDS pandemic striking South Africa is of historic proportions. More people are living with AIDS in South Africa than in any other country in the world. Just in the past decade, the life expectancy in South Africa has dropped from 67 to 43 years. The social and economic impact of this disease is hard to overstate. However, what is striking is the paucity of thoughtful, reflective scholarship and writing on the subject. AIDS and South Africa: The Social Expression of a Pandemic addresses the economic, social and cultural impact of HIV/AIDS as it relates to South African society.
  • AIDS, Politics, and Music in South Africa

    By Fraser G. McNeill

    Our Price: $103.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781107009912
    • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    • Published: November 2011
    "This book offers an original anthropological approach to the AIDS epidemic in South Africa by arguing that music is central to understanding how AIDS interventions operate"--Provided by publisher.
  • The Abandoned Baobab: The Autobiography of a Senegalese Woman (Caribbean and African Literature)

    By Ken Bugul

    Our Price: $8.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780813927374
    • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
    • Published: February 2008
    Abandoned by her mother and sent to live with relatives in Dakar, the author tells of being educated in the French colonial school system, where she comes gradually to feel alienated from her family and Muslim upbringing, growing enamored with the West. Academic success gives her the opportunity to study in Belgium, which she looks upon as a "promised land." There she is objectified as an exotic creature, however, and she descends into promiscuity, alcohol and drug abuse, and, eventually, prostitution. (It was out of concern on her editor's part about her candor that the author used the pseudonym Ken Bugul, the Wolof phrase for "the person no one wants.") Her return to Senegal, which concludes the book, presents her with a past she cannot reenter, a painful but necessary realization as she begins to create a new life there.
  • Abeokuta and the Camaroons Mountains

    By Richard Francis Burton

    Our Price: $77.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781108030298
    • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
    • Published: July 2011
  • Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic History

    By Trevor R. Getz

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780199844395
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
    • Published: September 2011
    Abina and the Important Men is a compelling and powerfully illustrated "graphic history" based on an 1876 court transcript of a West African woman named Abina, who was wrongfully enslaved and took her case to court. The book is a microhistory that does much more than simply depict an event in the past; it uses the power of illustration to convey important themes in world history and to reveal the processes by which history is made.The story of Abina Mansah--a woman "without history" who was wrongfully enslaved, escaped to British-controlled territory, and then took her former master to court--takes place in the complex world of the Gold Coast at the onset of late nineteenth-century colonialism. Slavery becomes a contested ground, as cultural practices collide with an emerging wage economy and British officials turn a blind eye to the presence of underpaid domestic workers in the households of African merchants. The main scenes of the story take place in the courtroom, where Abina strives to convince a series of "important men"--a British judge, two Euro-African attorneys, a wealthy African country "gentleman," and a jury of local leaders--that her rights matter. "Am I free?" Abina inquires. Throughout both the court case and the flashbacks that dramatically depict her life in servitude, these men strive to "silence" Abina and to impose their own understandings and meanings upon her. The story seems to conclude with the short-term success of the "important men," as Abina loses her case. But it doesn't end there: Abina is eventually redeemed. Her testimony is uncovered in the dusty archives by Trevor Getz and, through Liz Clarke's illustrations, becomes a graphic history read by people around the world. In this way, the reader takes an active part in the story along with the illustrator, the author, and Abina herself.Following the graphic history in Part I, Parts II-V provide detailed historical context for the story, a reading guide that reconstructs and deconstructs the methods used to interpret the story, and strategies for using Abina in various classroom settings. Click the following links to see sample pages from the book:Sample page 1 Sample page 2
  • Abolition and Empire in Sierra Leone and Liberia

    By Bronwen Everill

    Our Price: $105.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781137028679
    • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
    • Published: December 2012
    Anti-slavery colonies – settlements for freed slaves that were intended to prevent the slave trade in West Africa – were established by both American and British societies. Although they occasionally attempted to work together in support of these settlements and their anti-slave trade goals, the societies were more frequently in conflict. Looking for the origin of this Anglo-American rivalry, this book applies a comparative approach to freed slave settlers in Sierra Leone and Liberia. It examines the foundations of these societies, their contribution to the development of 'Civilization, Commerce, and Christianity' as a practical approach to anti-slavery interventions in West Africa, and the points of conflict between them that fed rivalries in America and Britain.
  • The Abolition of Slavery in Ottoman Tunisia

    By Ismael M. Montana

    Our Price: $35.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780813044828
    • Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida
    • Published: August 2013
    "Montana's book will be crucial to all who wish to understand the decision to ban slavery in Tunisia in 1846. Its broad scope ranges from the machinations of France, Britain, and the Ottomans in North Africa to the trans-Saharan and Mediterranean trades and the internal struggles over slavery in Tunisia, citing travelers' accounts, statistics, consular records, Muslim court decisions, and the situations of individual slaves to provide a nuanced account of a key step in the global abolition process."--George Michael La Rue, Clarion University "A fascinating topic that has the potential to draw in readers interested not only in Tunisia, but also in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and international law."--Allan Christelow, author of Algerians without Borders: The Making of a Global Frontier Society Tunisia is known for being the first Muslim country to abolish slavery during the modern period.Although Ahmed Bey, the country's ruler in the mid-nineteenth century, was morally opposed to slavery, he did not have the broad support of the citizenry to enact reforms. Even religious leaders were against change, pointing to Islamic law's precedent for slave ownership. Yet Bey realized that increased European intervention throughout North Africa threatened Tunisian independence and thus embraced abolition as a progressive reform measure to safeguard its integrity and sovereignty.In this groundbreaking work, Ismael Montana fully explicates the complexity of Tunisian society and culture and reveals how abolition was able to occur in an environment hostile to such change. He reveals how European capitalism, political pressure, and evolving social dynamics throughout the western Mediterranean region helped shape this seismic abolition process. The result is a study that reassesses the impact of the broader transformations of the late eighteenth century on black slavery throughout North Africa and the Mediterranean lands of Islam.

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