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    Book review – Burundi: The Biography of a Small African Country by Nigel Watt

Book review – Burundi: The Biography of a Small African Country by Nigel Watt

LSE’s Richard Stupart recommends this book to anyone wanting an introduction to the major themes in Burundian politics and history, or an overview of the kinds of organisations involved in conflict resolution, democracy building and development.

To say that Burundi is ignored in the fields of development, political science, and other endeavours focused on Africa is to state the obvious. […]

Book Review – Nyerere: The Early Years by Thomas Molony

LSE’s Richard Stupart says this book offers a detailed, entertaining account of the life and ideas of one of Africa’s greatest statesmen.

Bringing together a range of previously-unconsidered sources on the early life and education of independent Tanzania’s first leader, Nyerere: The Early Years adds complexity to a story often told more as a hagiography. A senior lecturer in African […]

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    Book Review- Ivory: Power and Poaching in Africa by Keith Somerville

Book Review- Ivory: Power and Poaching in Africa by Keith Somerville

LSE’s Joanna Lewis describes this book as the best academic account to date of the history of the supply side of ivory trade.

Anyone who believes that China’s recent pledge to ban the ivory trade by the end of 2017 will make a difference to the threat hanging over African elephants will have a rude awakening after reading Keith Somerville’s […]

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    Book Review – Nigeria: A New History of a Turbulent Century by Richard Bourne

Book Review – Nigeria: A New History of a Turbulent Century by Richard Bourne

Richard Bourne has provided an excellent overview of the main political events of Nigeria’s first hundred years, but no deeper analysis of the reasons for which Nigeria has stayed together, according to LSE’s Bronwen Manby.

Nigeria has long lacked an accessible and comprehensive one-volume history for the general reader. Richard Bourne, a British author and former journalist with a long […]

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    Book Review – Africa’s Long Road Since Independence: The Many Histories of a Continent By Keith Somerville

Book Review – Africa’s Long Road Since Independence: The Many Histories of a Continent By Keith Somerville

Africa’s Long Road Since Independence: The Many Histories of a Continent by Keith Somerville is timely given that even recent African history fails to permeate our modern day consciousness and understanding of the current status of the African continent, says Sarah Bradbury.

“African history is the history of Africans and their societies – plural not singular, but singularly African.”

Providing a […]

Reading List: Most Popular @AfricaAtLSE Blog Posts of 2016

It is that time of the year when we stop to take stock of the last 12 months and we are happy to present the best-read @AfricaAtLSE blog posts of 2016, as voted by you with your clicks. If you missed any of these, here is your opportunity to catch up!

Gambia continues to defy existing political norms on the […]

Eslanda Robeson – acting, activism, Africa and LSE

Following her review of Paul Robeson: the artist as revolutionary by Gerald Horne at the LSE Review of Books, Sherese R Taylor introduces the life of Eslanda Robeson, who studied at LSE in the 1930s.

Eslanda Cordozo Goode Robeson, also known as Essie, was an anti-racist, anti-colonialist, anti-capitalist, and feminist born in Washington, DC on 15 December 1895. She received a scholarship from […]

Britain and the Scramble for East Africa

LSE’s Jonas Fossli Gjersø examines the reasons behind Britain annexation of modern-day Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

 

By the end of the 19th century, Britain had amassed an enormous colonial empire in Africa. In an almost unbroken line, it spanned from Alexandria in the north to Cape Town in the south, and was famously epitomised in the image of the Rhodes […]

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    Book Review: The Road to Soweto: Resistance and the Uprising of 16 June 1976 by Julian Brown

Book Review: The Road to Soweto: Resistance and the Uprising of 16 June 1976 by Julian Brown

In The Road to Soweto: Resistance and the Uprising of 16 June 1976, Julian Brown presents a revisionary account of the Soweto Uprising of June 1976, arguing that the decade leading up to this event was marked a series of experimental resistance which prepared the ground for this uprising. Anne Heffernan says that this volume could not have come […]

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    Book Review: A Short History of Transatlantic Slavery by Kenneth Morgan

Book Review: A Short History of Transatlantic Slavery by Kenneth Morgan

Jonathan Silver says that Kenneth Morgan’s A Short History of Transatlantic Slavery is the perfect tool for a more systemic teaching of the history of transatlantic slave trade.

 

Kenneth Morgan is a renowned British historian of the economic and social forces that shaped the British Atlantic during the long eighteenth century. In A Short History of Transatlantic Slavery he has […]

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