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Ghana Must Go: Containing The Mayhem of #Migration

Diana Olaleye tells the story behind the famous ‘Ghana Must Go’ bag.

It is chequered. It is sturdy. It is used worldwide. There is some contention as to whether it can be deemed highly fashionable, but it gains some cool points for being waterproof and available in more than one set of colours. For many, it merely serves the primary function […]

Reading List: Cotton

From the transatlantic slave trade to empire building by the great colonial powers; from international trade to the second-hand clothing industry in developing countries; cotton, it seems, is a subject for all the ages, yet also an industry in real peril. Here is a selection of book reviews and blog posts examining cotton’s place in history and our modern […]

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    Book Review: The Horn of Africa: State Formation and Decay by Christopher Clapham

Book Review: The Horn of Africa: State Formation and Decay by Christopher Clapham

Christopher Clapham should be commended for synthesising a career of scholarship on the Horn of Africa into a short volume written in fluid and engaging prose. Those seeking an introduction to a region which defies easy explanation would struggle to find a better foundational text in paperback, says Nick Branson.

 

An authority on the Horn of Africa for half a […]

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    Book review – South Sudan: A new history for a new nation by Douglas H. Johnson

Book review – South Sudan: A new history for a new nation by Douglas H. Johnson

LSE’s Richard Stupart recommends South Sudan: a new history for a new nation to those wanting to gain a general understanding of the history of South Sudan, as well as seeking an introduction to it.

 

There are precious few history books about South Sudan that look beyond its recent origins. South Sudan: a new history for a new nation is an […]

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    Book Review: Cotton and Race Across the Atlantic: Britain, Africa, and America, 1900-1920 by Jonathan E Robins

Book Review: Cotton and Race Across the Atlantic: Britain, Africa, and America, 1900-1920 by Jonathan E Robins

According to Jonathan Silver, Cotton and Race Across the Atlantic: Britain, Africa and America 1900-1920 makes a significant contribution to the global history of cotton and our understandings about the long durée of capitalism.

 

Cotton and Race across the Atlantic is a carefully-researched analysis of an important era in the longer histories of the North Atlantic, one that takes into […]

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    Migratory flows, colonial encounters and the histories of transatlantic slavery

Migratory flows, colonial encounters and the histories of transatlantic slavery

Olivette Otele argues that economic considerations and research about the development of Africa could very well be intellectual wars by proxy over racial superiority and over the question of what Europe could have achieved with or without enslaved Africans as commodities, labour and reproductive tools.

Over the last 80 years or so, the history of the transatlantic slave trade and […]

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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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