New Books Network

M’hamed Oualdi, “A Slave between Empires: A Transimperial History of North Africa” (Columbia UP, 2020)
In light of the profound physical and mental traumas of colonization endured by North Africans, historians of recent decades have primarily concentrated their studies of North Africa on colonial violence, domination, and shock. The choice is an understandable one. But in his new monograph, A Slave between Empires: A Transimperial... Read More
Kwasi Konadu, “Our Own Way In this Part of the World” (Duke UP, 2019)
In his new book Our Own Way In this Part of the World: Biography of an African Community, Culture and Nation (Duke University Press, 2019), Kwasi Konadu tells the story Kofi Donko (1913-1995) and the many communities he served as a blacksmith, healer, farmer, leader and intellectual. The book starts... Read More
Anne Heffernan, “Limpopo’s Legacy, Student Politics and Democracy in South Africa” (James Currey, 2019)
Anne Heffernan‘s new book Limpopo’s Legacy, Student Politics and Democracy in South Africa (James Currey, 2019) a thoroughly researched account of the Black Consciousness Movement, student activism, and politics in South Africa from the 1960s to the present. Heffernan focuses specifically on black student activism at the University of the... Read More
Jatin Dua, “Captured at Sea: Piracy and Protection in the Indian Ocean” (U California Press, 2019)
Captured at Sea: Piracy and Protection in the Indian Ocean (University of California Press, 2019) is a pirate story of a different kind. Based on years of ethnographic fieldwork in Somalia, the UK and other parts of Africa and the Middle East, Jatin Dua describes a tale that is not... Read More
Nicholas R. Jones, “Staging Habla de Negros: Radical Performance of the African Diaspora in Early Modern Spain” (Penn State UP, 2019)
Nicholas R. Jones’s book, Staging Habla de Negros: Radical Performance of the African Diaspora in Early Modern Spain (Penn State University Press, 2019), analyzes white appropriations of black African voices in Spanish theater in the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries, when performing habla de negros—how Africanized Castilian was commonly referred to—was... Read More
Christopher J. Lee, “Unreasonable Histories: Nativism, Multiracial Lives, and the Genealogical Imagination in British Africa” (Duke UP, 2014)
In Unreasonable Histories: Nativism, Multiracial Lives, and the Genealogical Imagination in British Africa (Duke University Press, 2014), Christopher J. Lee recovers the forgotten experiences of multiracial peoples in the British colonies of Nyasaland, Southern and Northern Rhodesia. By carefully reading fragmented correspondence, colonial reports, periodicals and oral testimonies, the author... Read More
David Morton, “Age of Concrete: Housing and the Shape of Aspiration in the Capital of Mozambique” (Ohio UP, 2019)
Who built Africa’s cities? Going beyond the colonial archive and the planner’s gaze, David Morton’s Age of Concrete: Housing and the Shape of Aspiration in the Capital of Mozambique (Ohio University Press, 2019) describes the incremental process through which Maputo’s suburbios – popular neighborhoods outside the formally planned city –... Read More
Peter Cole, “Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area” (U Illinois Press, 2018)
Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area (University of Illinois Press, 2018) is a fascinating, densely researched account of dockworkers and their organized responses to seismic economic and technological changes in the shipping industry between the 1940s and 1970s. Peter Cole examines the International... Read More