BOOKS RECEIVED: Mischa Honeck, Martin Klimke and Anne Kuhlmann, eds., “Germany and the Black Diaspora: Points of Contact, 1250-1914” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
The rich history of encounters prior to World War I between people from German-speaking parts of Europe and people of African descent has gone largely unnoticed in the historical literature-not least because Germany became a nation and engaged in colonization… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Deborah Mayersen, “On the Path to Genocide: Armenia and Rwanda Reexamined” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Why did the Armenian genocide erupt in Turkey in 1915, only seven years after the Armenian minority achieved civil equality for the first time in the history of the Ottoman Empire? How can we explain the Rwandan genocide occurring in… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED:  J. D. Lewis-Williams, “Myth and Meaning: San-Bushman Folklore in Global Context” (Left Coast Press, 2015)
J.D. Lewis-Williams, one of the leading South African archaeologists and ethnographers, excavates meaning from the complex mythological stories of the San-Bushmen to create a larger theory of how myth is used in culture. He extracts their nuggets, the far-reaching but… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Katharina Schramm, “African Homecoming: Pan-African Ideology and Contested Heritage” (Left Coast Press, 2010)
African Americans and others in the African diaspora have increasingly come home to Africa to visit the sites at which their ancestors were enslaved and shipped. In this nuanced analysis of homecoming, Katharina Schramm analyzes how a shared rhetoric of… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Richard and MacDonald, eds., “Ethnic Ambiguity and the African Past: Materiality, History, and the Shaping of Cultural Identities” (Left Coast Press, 2015)
The collective inquiries in this volume address ethnicity in ancient Africa as social fact and political artifact along numerous dimensions. Is ethnicity a useful analytic? What can archaeology say about the kinds of deeper time questions which scholars have asked… Read More
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