African History

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  • 28 Apr 2023
    Plunder for Profit by Elijah Doro
    Elijah Doro

    Plunder for Profit:  The ‘tobacco Mafia’ and the twenty first century new tobacco epidemic

    In March and April 2023, Al Jazeera’s investigative unit released a documentary series on gold smuggling, money laundering, corruption, and organised crime in Zimbabwe. The documentary implicated the Zimbabwean President, his family, the central bank, state diplomatic officials, customs officials and a ring of notorious smugglers and fraudsters in a multibillion-dollar transnational money laundering and […]

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  • 9 Mar 2023
    Ismay Milford

    Was anticolonial activism global?

    The office of the Union for Democratic Control, 1959. Photograph by Cyril M. Bernard. Courtesy of Miriam Bernard and Hull University Archives

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  • 30 Sep 2022
    Helene J. Sinnreich

    The Atrocity of Hunger can be Averted for Millions in Somalia

    “Never Again,” the campaign to end extreme hunger emerged out of the 2011 famine in Somalia, yet today, in Somalia, seven and a half million people are facing food shortages while over 200,000 people are experiencing a level five famine with the numbers expected to rise dramatically in the next few months. The name – […]

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  • 28 Jul 2022
    Philip Gooding

    Revising Spatial Frames in East African History

    In On the Frontiers of the Indian Ocean World: A History of Lake Tanganyika, c.1830-1890, I seek to challenge how East African history is conceived in space. I do so in two core ways. First, I take the region around Lake Tanganyika as a case study. This freshwater lake, the second-most voluminous in the world, […]

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  • 11 Apr 2022
    Reproduced with the kind permission of the National Library of Scotland and the Church of Scotland World Mission Board.
    Harri Englund

    Visions for Racial Equality

    Image reproduced with the kind permission of the National Library of Scotland and the Church of Scotland World Mission Board.

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  • 16 Aug 2021
    Miles Larmer

    Unifying Social History and Knowledge Production in Central Africa

    Western academic research about Africa has been likened to industrial mining: researchers arrive uninvited, extract knowledge from local communities using ‘foreign’ technologies, and disappear back to where they came from, leaving no meaningful benefit for those communities. While the intimate relationship between western knowledge production and (neo-)colonialism is well known, this may create a misleading […]

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  • 19 Apr 2021
    Danelle van Zyl-Hermann

    How class colours race – South Africa’s white workers in global context

    How does one write the history of people thought not to exist? In apartheid South Africa, the obsession to maintain political and economic power for the white minority at the expense and exploitation of the black majority spawned a society in which skin colour determined every aspect of life. Top jobs and educational opportunities were […]

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  • 14 Jan 2021
    Benedikt Pontzen

    Islam in a Zongo: Muslim Lifeworlds in Ghana

    Islam has been present in Ghana at least since the 14th century and today, there are more than three million Muslims living in the country. My book, Islam in a Zongo, is an in-depth investigation into the recent history and current presence of Islam in southern Ghana. Drawing on ethnographic and archival research, I present […]

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