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Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Africa


About the Series

This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political, cultural and social history of individual countries as well as broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

Themes include social and economic change, colonial experiences, independence movements, post-independence governments, globalization in Africa, nationalism, gender histories, conflict, the Atlantic Slave trade, the environment, health and medicine, ethnicity, urbanisation, and neo-colonialism and aid.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Routledge African Studies editor Helena Hurd, [email protected]

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Colonialism, Ethnicity and War in Angola

Colonialism, Ethnicity and War in Angola

1st Edition

By Vasco Martins
November 20, 2020

Making a fresh contribution to our understanding of the history of Angola, this book explores the impact of social, political and economic change upon the largest ethnic group of the country, the Ovimbundu. Based on extensive fieldwork conducted in Angola, including oral testimonies and life ...

Rethinking White Societies in Southern Africa 1930s–1990s

Rethinking White Societies in Southern Africa: 1930s–1990s

1st Edition

Edited By Duncan Money, Danelle van Zyl-Hermann
February 28, 2020

This book showcases new research by emerging and established scholars on white workers and the white poor in Southern Africa. Rethinking White Societies in Southern Africa challenges the geographical and chronological limitations of existing scholarship by presenting case studies from Angola, ...

Women’s Lived Landscapes of War and Liberation in Mozambique Bodily Memory and the Gendered Aesthetics of Belonging

Women’s Lived Landscapes of War and Liberation in Mozambique: Bodily Memory and the Gendered Aesthetics of Belonging

1st Edition

By Jonna Katto
November 08, 2019

This book tells the history of the changing gendered landscapes of northern Mozambique from the perspective of women who fought in the armed struggle for national independence, diverting from the often-told narrative of women in nationalist wars that emphasizes a linear plot of liberation. Taking a...

Photography and History in Colonial Southern Africa Shades of Empire

Photography and History in Colonial Southern Africa: Shades of Empire

1st Edition

By Lorena Rizzo
September 30, 2019

This book studies the relationship between photography and history in colonial Southern Africa, using a series of encounters with Southern African photographic archives to reflect on photography as a distinct historical form. Through use of private and public archives, images produced by African ...

Africans and the Holocaust Perceptions and Responses of Colonized and Sovereign Peoples

Africans and the Holocaust: Perceptions and Responses of Colonized and Sovereign Peoples

1st Edition

By Edward Kissi
September 12, 2019

This book is an original and comparative study of reactions in West and East Africa to the persecution and attempted annihilation of Jews in Europe and in former German colonies in sub-Saharan Africa during the Second World War.An intellectual and diplomatic history of World War II and the ...

Displaced Mozambicans in Postcolonial Tanzania Refugee Power, Mobility, Education, and Rural Development

Displaced Mozambicans in Postcolonial Tanzania: Refugee Power, Mobility, Education, and Rural Development

1st Edition

By Joanna T. Tague
January 02, 2019

This book is the first study of displaced Mozambican men, women, and children—from refugees and asylum seekers to liberation leaders, students, and migrant workers—during the war for independence from Portugal (1964-1974). Throughout the war, two distinct communities of Mozambicans emerged. On ...

Miscegenation, Identity and Status in Colonial Africa Intimate Colonial Encounters

Miscegenation, Identity and Status in Colonial Africa: Intimate Colonial Encounters

1st Edition

By Lawrence Mbogoni
December 04, 2018

Throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the colonial administrations in British East-Central African colonies considered inter-racial sexual liaisons to be a serious and recurrent "problem". Consequently, inter-racial sexual liaisons (concubinage and marriage) and the mixed race ...

Human Rights in Sierra Leone, 1787-2016 The Long Struggle from the Transatlantic Slave Trade to the Present

Human Rights in Sierra Leone, 1787-2016: The Long Struggle from the Transatlantic Slave Trade to the Present

1st Edition

By John Idriss Lahai
October 17, 2018

This book offers an up-to-date, comprehensive interdisciplinary analysis of the multifaceted and evolving experiences of human rights in Sierra Leone between the years 1787 and 2016. It provides a balanced coverage of the local and international conditions that frame the socio-cultural, political, ...

African Testimony in the Movement for Congo Reform The Burden of Proof

African Testimony in the Movement for Congo Reform: The Burden of Proof

1st Edition

By Robert Burroughs
June 20, 2018

The humanitarian movement against Leopold’s violent colonisation of the Congo emerged out of Europe, but it depended at every turn on African input. Individuals and groups from throughout the upper Congo River basin undertook journeys of daring and self-sacrifice to provide evidence of atrocities ...

Power, Culture and Modernity in Nigeria Beyond The Colony

Power, Culture and Modernity in Nigeria: Beyond The Colony

1st Edition

By Oluwatoyin Oduntan
May 16, 2018

In this book, Oluwatoyin Oduntan offers a critical intervention in the scholarly fields of Nigerian, and West African history, as well as towards understanding the intellectual ideas by which modern African society was formed, and how it functions. The book traces the shifting dynamics between ...

Colonialism on the Margins of Africa

Colonialism on the Margins of Africa

1st Edition

Edited By Jan Záhořík, Linda Piknerová
December 20, 2017

Colonial rule shaped the map of Africa like no other event in history. New borders were delineated; explorers and colonial armies were getting into the interior of the continent in order to grab the "magnificent cake of Africa." Colonialism on the Margins of Africa examines less known and smaller ...

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