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  1. Key texts and general reading: 8 items
    1. Africans: the history of a continent - John Iliffe 2017

      Book Essential reading

    2. African history: a very short introduction - John Parker, Richard Rathbone 2007 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential reading

    3. Writing African history - John Edward Philips 2005 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    4. Africa since independence: a comparative history - Paul Nugent 2004

      Book Essential reading

    5. Africa since 1940: the past of the present - Frederick Cooper 2002

      Book Essential reading

    6. Honour in African history - John Iliffe 2005

      Book Essential reading

    7. The African poor: a history - John Iliffe 1987

      Book Essential reading

  2. Africa: Geography and History 9 items
    1. Africa's discovery of Europe: 1450-1850

      Chapter Essential reading Read Chapter 1, pp 1 - 23, First sights lasting impressions

    2. A history of African societies to 1870

      Chapter Essential reading Read Chapter 1, pp. 7-24, Prelude: Africa and the historians

    3. The invention of Africa: gnosis, philosophy, and the order of knowledge - V. Y. Mudimbé c1988

      Book Essential reading

    4. African history: a very short introduction - John Parker, Richard Rathbone 2007 (electronic resource)

      Book  Read chapter 1

    5. Africans: the history of a continent

      Chapter Essential reading Read chapter 1, pp 1-5, The frontiersmen of mankind.

    6. A history of modern Africa: 1800 to the present - Richard J. Reid 2012

      Book Essential reading Chapter 1

    7. Africa's discovery of Europe: 1450-1850 - David A. Northrup 2002

      Book 

  3. From slave to 'legitimate' trade in western Africa 17 items
    1. Transformations in slavery: a history of slavery in Africa - Paul E. Lovejoy 2011 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading Chapter 8

    2. African economic history: internal development and external dependency - Ralph A. Austen 1987

      Book Recommended reading Chapter 5

    3. An economic history of West Africa - A. G. Hopkins 1973

      Book Recommended reading

    4. African Historiography: essays in honour of Jacob Ade Ajayi, 1993 (Unknown Binding)

      Book Recommended reading

    5. From slave trade to 'legitimate' commerce: the commercial transition in nineteenth-century West Africa - Paul E Lovejoy, David Richardson

      Chapter Recommended reading Read Chapter 1, pp 32 - 56, The initial crisis of adaptation: the Impact of British abolition on the Atlantic slave trade in West Africa, 1808-1820

    6. From slave trade to 'legitimate' commerce: the commercial transition in nineteenth-century West Africa : papers from a conference of the Centre of Commonwealth Studies, University of Stirling - Robin Law, University of Stirling. Centre of Commonwealth Studies 2002

      Book Recommended reading M. Lynn, ‘The West African Palm Oil Trade in the Nineteenth Century and the ‘Crisis of Adaptation

    7. From slave trade to 'legitimate' commerce: the commercial transition in nineteenth-century West Africa : papers from a conference of the Centre of Commonwealth Studies, University of Stirling - Robin Law, University of Stirling. Centre of Commonwealth Studies 2002

      Book Recommended reading S. Martin, Slaves, Igbo Women and Palm Oil in the Nineteenth Century

    8. Slavery and the slave trade in Colonial Africa - Patrick Manning 1990-3

      Article Recommended reading

    9. How Europe underdeveloped Africa - Walter Rodney 2012

      Book 

  4. Slaves and ivory in eastern Africa 14 items
    1. Mirambo of Tanzania, 1840?-1884

      Chapter Recommended reading Read Chapter 1, pp. 3-32, The Nyamwezi and the Arabs

    2. Mirambo of Tanzania, 1840?-1884 - Norman R. Bennett 1971

      Book Recommended reading Chapter 3

    3. Political power in pre-colonial Buganda

      Chapter Recommended reading Read chapter 8, pp 149-173, The growth of long-distance trade.

    4. War in pre-colonial eastern Africa: the patterns & meanings of state-level conflict in the nineteenth century - Richard J. Reid, British Institute in Eastern Africa 2007

      Book Recommended reading

    5. Crisis & decline in Bunyoro: population & environment in western Uganda 1860-1955 - Shane Doyle 2006

      Book Recommended reading

    6. Warfare in African history - Richard J. Reid 2012 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

  5. The Zulu, the British and the Boers 12 items
    1. A history of modern Africa: 1800 to the present - Richard J. Reid 2012

      Book Recommended reading Chapter 4

    2. South Africa: a modern history - T. R. H. Davenport 2000

      Book Recommended reading

    3. The destruction of the Zulu kingdom: the Civil War in Zululand, 1879-1884 - Jeff Guy 1994

      Book Recommended reading

    4. The Zulu aftermath: a nineteenth-century revolution in Bantu Africa - J Omar-Cooper

      Book Recommended reading

    5. A concise history of South Africa - Robert Ross 1999

      Book Recommended reading

    6. Myth of Iron: Shaka in History - Dan Wylie 2008

      Book Recommended reading

  6. Colonial conquest 21 items
    1. Africans: the history of a continent - John Iliffe 2008, c2007

      Book Recommended reading Chapter 9

    2. A history of modern Africa: 1800 to the present - Richard J. Reid 2012

      Book Recommended reading Chapters 9 and 10

    3. The African colonial state in comparative perspective

      Chapter Recommended reading Read chapter 4, pp 77- 140, Constructing bula Matari

    4. African economic history: internal development and external dependency

      Chapter Recommended reading Read chapter 5, pp 109-121, From slave trade to imperialist partition: Africa in the economy of early industrial Europe.

    5. Honour in African history

      Chapter Recommended reading Read chapter 11, pp 183-201, The death of heroes.

    6. Honour in African history - John Iliffe 2005

      Book Recommended reading Chapter 12

    7. The Imperialism of Free Trade - John Gallagher and Ronald Robinson 1953

      Article 

    8. Africa and the Victorians: the official mind of imperialism - Ronald Robinson, John Gallagher, Alice Denny 1981

      Book Recommended reading

    9. The scramble for southern Africa, 1877-1895: the politics of partition reappraised - D. M. Schreuder 2009, c1980

      Book Recommended reading

  7. The politics of colonial rule 21 items
    1. The Invention of tradition

      Chapter Essential reading Read chapter 6. pp 211-262 'the invention of tradition in colonial africa'

    2. Africa since 1940: the past of the present

      Chapter Recommended reading Read chapter 1, pp 1-19, Introduction: from colonies to Third World

    3. Africa since 1940: the past of the present - Frederick Cooper 2002

      Book Recommended reading Chapter 2

    4. A history of modern Africa: 1800 to the present - Richard J. Reid 2012

      Book Recommended reading Chapter 10

    5. Honour in African history - John Iliffe 2005

      Book Recommended reading Chapter 14

    6. Citizen and subject: contemporary Africa and the legacy of late colonialism - Mahmood Mamdani c1996

      Book Recommended reading

    7. The African colonial state in comparative perspective - Crawford Young c1994

      Book Recommended reading

    8. The African poor: a history

      Chapter Recommended reading Read Chapter 1, pp. 1-8, The comparative history of the poor

    9. The African poor: a history - John Iliffe 1987

      Book Recommended reading Chapters 1 and 9

    10. African economic history: internal development and external dependency - Ralph A. Austen 1987

      Book Recommended reading Chapters 6 and 7

  8. African intermediaries 13 items
    1. Towards a History of the Partition of Africa - J. D. Hargreaves 1960

      Article  For an example of the early approach to African resistance to colonial rule

    2. Policing the empire 1991

      Book 

    3. Guardians of empire: the armed forces of the colonial powers, c. 1700-1964 - David Killingray, David E. Omissi 1999

      Book 

    4. Khaki and blue: military and police in British colonial Africa - Anthony Clayton, David Killingray 1989

      Book 

  9. Gender and colonial rule 19 items
  10. The second colonial occupation 15 items
    1. A history of modern Africa: 1800 to the present - Richard J. Reid 2012

      Book Recommended reading Chapter 17

    2. The lie of the land: challenging received wisdom on the African environment - Melissa Leach, Robin Mearns 1996

      Book 

    3. Empire state-building: war and welfare in Kenya, 1925-52 - Joanna Lewis 2001

      Book 

    4. Africa since 1940: the past of the present - Frederick Cooper 2002

      Book 

    5. The lie of the land: challenging received wisdom on the African environment - Melissa Leach, Robin Mearns 1996

      Book 

  11. African nationalism 18 items
    1. Africa since 1940: the past of the present - Frederick Cooper 2002

      Book Recommended reading Chapters 3 and 4

    2. Unhappy valley: conflict in Kenya & Africa, Bk.1: State & class - Bruce Berman, John Lonsdale 1992

      Book Recommended reading

    3. European decolonization 1918-1981: an introductory survey

      Chapter Recommended reading Read chapter 5, pp 128-149, Experimentation, consolidation and deadlock in British Africa.

    4. Africans: the history of a continent - John Iliffe 2008, c2007

      Book Recommended reading Read chapter 5, pp 128-149, Experimentation consolidation and deadlock in British Africa.

    5. A history of modern Africa: 1800 to the present - Richard J. Reid 2012

      Book Recommended reading Chapters 15 and 16

    6. Dance and society in Eastern Africa 1890-1970 - Terence Osborne Ranger 1975

      Book Recommended reading

    7. Some origins of nationalism in East Africa - J. M. Lonsdale 1968

      Article Recommended reading

  12. Anti-colonial uprising 21 items
    1. The Mau Mau war in perspective - Frank Fèuredi 1989

      Book Recommended reading

    2. Unhappy valley: conflict in Kenya & Africa, Bk.1: State & class - Bruce Berman, John Lonsdale 1992

      Book Recommended reading

    3. Imperial reckoning: the untold story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya - Caroline Elkins 2005

      Book Recommended reading

    4. Histories of the hanged: Britain's dirty war in Kenya and the end of empire - David Anderson 2006

      Book Recommended reading

    5. Defeating Mau Mau, creating Kenya: counterinsurgency, civil war, and decolonization - Daniel Branch 2009

      Book Recommended reading

    6. The battle of the Casbah - Paul Aussaresses 2010

      Book Recommended reading

    7. A savage war of peace: Algeria 1954-1962 - Alistair Horne 1987

      Book Recommended reading

    8. Revolutionary terrorism - Martha Crenshaw Hutchinson 1978

      Book Recommended reading

    9. The French stake in Algeria, 1945-1962 - Tony Smith

      Book Recommended reading

    10. The war without a name: France in Algeria, 1954-1962 - John E. Talbott 1981

      Book Recommended reading

    11. The wretched of the earth - Frantz Fanon 1990

      Book 

    12. Modern Algeria: the origins and development of a nation - John Ruedy 2005

      Book Recommended reading

    13. The concept of revolutionary terrorism - Martha Crenshaw Hutchinson pre-1986)16.3 (Sep 1972

      Article 

    14. Revolutionary Terrorism: The FLN in Algeria, 1954-1962 - Peter R. Knauss, Martha Crenshaw Hutchinson 03/1980

      Article 

  13. Decolonization and independence 10 items
    1. Decolonization in Africa - John D. Hargreaves 1996

      Book Recommended reading

    2. European decolonization 1918-1981: an introductory survey - R. F. Holland 1985

      Book Recommended reading Chapter 5

    3. A modern history of Tanganyika - John Iliffe 1979

      Book Recommended reading Chapters 14-16

    4. Nations and nationalism since 1780: programme, myth, reality - E. J. Hobsbawm 1992

      Book Recommended reading

    5. A history of modern Africa: 1800 to the present - Richard J. Reid 2012

      Book Recommended reading Chapters 17-19

    6. Africa since 1940: the past of the present - Frederick Cooper 2002

      Book Recommended reading Chapters 3, 4 and 6

    7. Africans: the history of a continent - John Iliffe 2008, c2007

      Book Recommended reading Chapter 12

    8. Africa since independence: a comparative history - Paul Nugent 2004

      Book Recommended reading Chapter 7

    9. Africa since independence: a comparative history

      Chapter Recommended reading Read chapter 3, pp 71-105, The shape of things to come: irredentism, secessionism and the Pan-African ideal.

  14. Borders and the challenges of independence 20 items
    1. African economic history: internal development and external dependency - Ralph A. Austen 1987

      Book Recommended reading Chapter 9

    2. Africa and the international system: the politics of state survival - Christopher S. Clapham 1996

      Book 

    3. Africans: the history of a continent - John Iliffe 2008, c2007

      Book Recommended reading Chapters 11 and 13

    4. Africa since 1940: the past of the present - Frederick Cooper 2002

      Book Recommended reading Chapter 5

    5. Africa since independence: a comparative history - Paul Nugent 2004

      Book Recommended reading

    6. Let's stick together: understanding Africa's secessionist deficit - Pierre Englebert, Rebecca Hummel 2005

      Article Essential reading

    7. Partitioned Africans: ethnic relations across Africa's international boundaries, 1884-1984 - A. I. Asiwaju 1985

      Book Recommended reading

    8. African boundaries : barriers, conduits, and opportunities - Paul Nugent, A I Asiwaju

      Chapter Recommended reading Read pp. 1 -17, Introduction The Paradox of African Boundaries

    9. Nationalism & self determination in the Horn of Africa - I. M. (Ioan Myrddin) Lewis 1983

      Book Recommended reading

    10. There was a country: a personal history of Biafra - Chinua Achebe 2013

      Book Recommended reading This is an excellent personal account of the Biafra war by one of Africa's most celebrated writers - there is a copy in my office you are welcome to borrow

    11. National and class conflict in the Horn of Africa - John Markakis 1990

      Book Recommended reading

    12. The root causes of Sudan's civil wars - Douglas H. Johnson, International African Institute 2003

      Book Recommended reading

    13. Warfare in independent Africa - William Reno 2011 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    14. Civil wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 1960-2010 - Emizet F. Kisangani 2012

      Book Recommended reading

    15. The postcolonial state in Africa: fifty years of independence, 1960-2010 - Crawford Young c2012 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    16. The Nigerian Civil War - John De St Jorre 1972

      Book Recommended reading

  15. The culture of the coup d'etat 16 items
    1. Warfare in independent Africa - William Reno 2011 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    2. Africa since independence: a comparative history - Paul Nugent 2004

      Book 

    3. Warfare in African history - Richard J. Reid 2012 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading Chapter 6

    4. There was a country: a personal history of Biafra - Chinua Achebe 2013

      Book 

    5. Africa works: disorder as political instrument - Patrick Chabal, Jean-Pascal Daloz 1999

      Book 

    6. Africa and the international system: the politics of state survival - Christopher S. Clapham 1996

      Book 

    7. The criminalization of the state in Africa - Jean-Franðcois Bayart, Stephen Ellis, Bâeatrice Hibou, International African Institute 1999

      Book 

    8. Amin and the tragedy of Uganda - M. S. M. Semakula Kiwanuka 1979

      Book 

    9. Honour in African history - John Iliffe 2005

      Book 

    10. Africa since 1940: the past of the present - Frederick Cooper 2002

      Book 

    11. The Nigerian Civil War - John De St Jorre 1972

      Book 

    12. The international politics of the Nigerian civil war, 1967-1970 - John J. Stremlau 1977

      Book 

  16. Youth and the Soweto Uprising 12 items
    1. Bo-Tsotsi: the youth gangs of Soweto, 1935-1976 - Clive Glaser 2000

      Book Recommended reading

    2. Black student politics: higher education and apartheid from SASO to SANSCO, 1968-1990 - Saleem Badat, Saleem Badat 2002

      Book Recommended reading

  17. Ending Apartheid 18 items
    1. Africans: the history of a continent - John Iliffe 2008, c2007

      Book Recommended reading Chapter 12

    2. Africa since independence: a comparative history - Paul Nugent 2004

      Book Recommended reading Chapter 7

    3. Comrades against apartheid: the ANC & the South African Communist Party in exile - Stephen Ellis, Tsepo Sechaba 1992

      Book 

    4. Capitalism and apartheid: South Africa, 1910-84 - Merle Lipton 1985

      Book Recommended reading

    5. South Africa and the global game: football, apartheid and beyond - Peter Alegi, Chris Bolsmann 2010

      Book 

    6. Segregation and apartheid in twentieth-century South Africa - William Beinart, Saul Dubow 1995 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    7. Long walk to freedom - Nelson Mandela, Chris Van Wyk, Paddy Bouma c2009

      Book Recommended reading

    8. The making of apartheid, 1948-1961: conflict and compromise - Deborah Posel c1997

      Book Recommended reading

    9. South Africa and the global game: football, apartheid and beyond - Peter Alegi, Chris Bolsmann 2010

      Book 

    10. Apartheid's last stand: the rise and fall of the South African security state - Chris Alden 1996

      Book Recommended reading

    11. Comrades against apartheid: the ANC & the South African Communist Party in exile - Stephen Ellis, Tsepho Sechaba 1992

      Book Recommended reading

  18. Rwanda 1994 18 items
    1. The Rwanda crisis: history of a genocide - Gerard Prunier 1998], c1997

      Book 

    2. A time for machetes: the Rwandan genocide - the killers speak - Jean Hatzfeld 2008. c2005

      Book 

    3. Rwanda: death, despair, and defiance - African Rights (Organization) 1995

      Book 

    4. Shake hands with the devil: the failure of humanity in Rwanda - Româeo Dallaire, Brent Beardsley 2004

      Book 

  19. Democratization and development 36 items
    1. Democracy and Multi-Party Politics in Africa - Samuel M. Makinda 1996

      Article Recommended reading

    2. The Struggle for Democracy in Uganda - Amii Omara-Otunnu 1992

      Article Recommended reading

    3. Divisive democracy and popular struggle in Africa - Hannah Cross 02/01/2015

      Article Recommended reading

    4. A history of modern Africa: 1800 to the present - Richard J. Reid 2012

      Book Recommended reading Chapter 21

    5. Africans: the history of a continent - John Iliffe 2008, c2007

      Book Recommended reading Chapter 13

    6. Africa and the international system: the politics of state survival - Christopher S. Clapham 1996

      Book Recommended reading

    7. The criminalization of the state in Africa - Jean-Franðcois Bayart, Stephen Ellis, Bâeatrice Hibou, International African Institute 1999

      Book Recommended reading

    8. Warlord politics and African states - William Reno 1999

      Book Recommended reading

    9. Africa works: disorder as political instrument

      Chapter Recommended reading Read chapter 9, pp 124-138, The (In)significance of development.

    10. Democracy and its discontents: understanding Kenya's 2013 elections - Nic Cheeseman, Gabrielle Lynch, Justin Willis 02/01/2014

      Article 

    11. The criminalization of the state in Africa - Jean-Franðcois Bayart, Stephen Ellis, Bâeatrice Hibou, International African Institute 1999

      Book Recommended reading

    12. Africans: the history of a continent - John Iliffe 2008, c2007

      Book Recommended reading Chapters 14-15

    13. Africa since independence: a comparative history - Paul Nugent 2004

      Book Recommended reading Read chapters 8 and 9

    14. Africa and the New World Order - Daniel Volman 1993

      Article Recommended reading

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