New Books Network

Kathleen Keller, “Colonial Suspects: Suspicion, Imperial Rule, and Colonial Society in Interwar French West Africa” (U Nebraska Press, 2018)
Kathleen Keller’s new book, Colonial Suspects: Suspicion, Imperial Rule, and Colonial Society in Interwar French West Africa (University of Nebraska Press, 2018) is teeming with mysterious persons, foreigners, misfits, and the surveillance of numerous figures who appeared to threaten the stability of empire. In this detailed and compelling study of... Read More
Emma Hunter, “Political Thought and the Public Sphere in Tanzania” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
Histories of African nationalism and decolonization have often assumed that political ideas such as freedom and democracy were imported into African colonies and helped motivate Africans to seek their independence. Through an insightful reading of Swahili language press, Dr. Emma Hunter‘s new book Political Thought and the Public Sphere in... Read More
Chet Van Duzer, “Henricus Martellus’s World Map at Yale (c. 1491): Multispectral Imaging, Sources, and Influence” (Springer, 2019)
Chet Van Duzer, an accomplished historian of cartography, trains his sight in this book on one uniquely important map produced in early modern Europe. The 1491 world map by Henricus Martellus has long been deemed “an essentially unstudiable object,” its legends and descriptions illegible to the unaugmented eye. Now, aided... Read More
Susan Thomson, “Rwanda: From Genocide to Precarious Peace” (Yale UP, 2018)
How do you put Humpty-Dumpty back together again? Susan Thomson‘s new book Rwanda: From Genocide to Precarious Peace (Yale University Press, 2018) examines the postwar history of Rwanda to consider the ways the Rwandan genocide shaped governance, policy and memory in that country.  She begins by recounting what we now know... Read More
Rosalind Fredericks, “Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal” (Duke UP, 2018)
The production and removal of garbage, as a key element of the daily infrastructure of urban life, is deeply embedded in social, moral, and political contexts. In her book Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal (Duke University Press, 2018), Dr. Rosalind Fredericks illuminates the history of state-citizen relations... Read More
Calvin Schermerhorn, “Unrequited Toil: A History of United States Slavery” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
At this point, it is hard to fathom the sheer volume of studies of American slavery that scholars have produced. And new works on American slavery are being published at a remarkable clip. As a result, writing a new synthesis of this scholarship is a monumental feat.  Dr. Calvin Schermerhorn,... Read More
Jesse A. Zink, “Christianity and Catastrophe in South Sudan: Civil War, Migration, and the Rise of Dinka Anglicanism” (Baylor UP, 2018)
The most recent addition to Baylor University Press’s Studies in World Christianity is Christianity and Catastrophe in South Sudan: Civil War, Migration, and the Rise of Dinka Anglicanism (Baylor UP, 2018), by Jesse A. Zink, who is among many other things principal of Montreal Diocesan Theological College. Zink’s book is... Read More