• History
      May 2019

      Freedom Music

      Wales, Emancipation and Jazz 1850-1950

      by Jen Wilson

      This book traces the story of how early African American and jazz music came to Wales. From Abolitionist collaborations, minstrelsy, ‘weird slave songs’, ragtime, blues, hot music and swing, the story unfolds through women’s emancipation and gender politics, social history and the heritage and culture of Wales.

    • African history
      September 2018

      Protection, Patronage, or Plunder? British Machinations and (B)uganda’s Struggle for Independence

      by Author(s): Apollo N. Makubuya

      In the scramble for Africa, Britain took a lion’s share of the continent. It occupied and controlled vast territories, including the Uganda Protectorate – which it ruled for 68 years. Early administrators in the region encountered the progressive kingdom of Buganda, which they incorporated into the British Empire. Under the guise of protection, indirect rule and patronage, Britain overran, plundered and disempowered the kingdom’s traditional institutions. On liquidation of the Empire, Buganda was coaxed into a problematic political order largely dictated from London. Today, 56 years after independence, the kingdom struggles to rediscover itself within Uganda’s fragile politics. Based on newly de-classified records, this book reconstructs a history of the machinations underpinning British imperial interests in (B)Uganda and the personalities who embodied colonial rule. It addresses Anglo-Uganda relations, demonstrating how Uganda’s politics reflects its colonial past, and the forces shaping its future. It is a far-reaching examination of British rule in (B)uganda, questioning whether it was designed for protection, for patronage or for plunder.

    • Development studies
      January 2015

      South Sudan: A Slow Liberation

      by Edward Thomas

      In 2011, South Sudan became an independent country. Its long liberation struggle was an attempt to right the wrongs of brutal colonial conquest, deliberate neglect and racial oppression organized by governments headquartered at Khartoum. The long struggle has had a violent aftermath. The war of liberation has been marked by looting, raids and massacres that pitted ethnic communities against each other. In this remarkably comprehensive work, Edward Thomas provides a multi-layered examination of what is happening in the country today. Writing from the perspective of South Sudan's most mutinous hinterland, Jonglei state, the book explains how this area was at the heart of South Sudan's liberation. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and a broad range of sources, this book gives a sharply focused, fresh account of South Sudan's long, unfinished struggle for liberation.

    • Politics & government
      February 2014

      Africa's Peacemakers

      Nobel Peace Laureates of African Descent

      by Adekeye Adebajo

      As Africa and its diaspora commemorate fifty years of post-independence Pan-Africanism, this unique volume provides profound insight into the thirteen prominent individuals of African descent who have won the Nobel Peace Prize since 1950. From the first American president of African descent, Barack Obama, whose career was inspired by the civil rights and anti-apartheid struggles promoted by fellow Nobel Peace laureates Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and Albert Luthuli; to influential figures in peacemaking such as Ralph Bunche, Anwar Sadat, Kofi Annan, and F.W. De Klerk; as well as Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, Wangari Maathai, and Mohamed El-Baradei, who have been variously involved in women's rights, environmental protection, and nuclear disarmament, Africa's Peacemakers reveals how this remarkable collection of individuals have changed the world - for better or worse.

    • History

      Zulu Rising

      The Epic Story of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift

      by Ian Knight

      The battle of iSandlwana was the single most destructive incident in the 150-year history of the British colonization of South Africa. In one bloody day over 800 British troops, 500 of their allies and at least 2,000 Zulus were killed. It was a staggering defeat for the British empire and the consequences of the battle echoed brutally across the following decades as Britain took ruthless revenge on the Zulu people. In Zulu Rising Ian Knight shows that the brutality of the battle was the result of an inevitable clash between two aggressive warrior traditions. For the first time he gives full weight to the Zulu experience and explores the reality of the fighting through the eyes of men who took part on both sides, looking into the human heart of this savage conflict. Based on new research, including previously unpublished material, Zulu oral history and new archaeological evidence from the battlefield, this is the definitive account of a battle that has shaped the political fortunes of the Zulu people to this day.

    • General & world history

      Dust Clouds in the Middle East

      The Air War for East Africa, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Madagascar, 1940-42

      by Christopher Shores

      Originally appearing as a series of magazine articles, the valuable research into air operations, over the old-style Middle East of World War II, here appears in book form.;It deals with a variety of engagements between Britain and her Commonwealth forces and the Germans, Italians and Vichy French across many borders and differing terrains. It covers from the Italian threat and Ababa, the air battles over Lebanon, the breaking of Vichy air strength and culminates in the occupation of Madagascar in 1942.

    • Biography: general

      The Ebay Book

      Essential Tips for Buying and Selling On Ebay.co.uk

      by David. Belbin

      Michelle, daughter of a Catholic opera singer and Jewish stockbroker, traces her fascinating journey, from her life as a Catholic nun, back to her Jewish roots. She talks about her confusion in growing up; conversion to Judaism at the age of 12; meeting Padre Pio, a Capuchin monk with the stigmata, in Italy; her life in the convent of the Holy Cross in Aliwal North in the 70s; living in apartheid South Africa in the 80s and its influence on her life. She deals with sexuality and the repercussions, both sexual and emotional, of child abuse. An attempted rape sets the author on a journey of healing through macrobiotics, which takes her to Switzerland where she learns to heal both her body and her relationship with her father. During her stay in Israel, Michelle learns to face her anger against men, and is set free to love herself again. In a candid portrayal, Michelle tells of the poignant relationship she shared with a young gay man dying of AIDS in Seattle. This title encompasses a vast range of experiences and relationships, from the difficulties of childhood, stepparents, young love and abuse, to pregnancy and abortion; from fear and anger to forgiveness and healing.

    • African history

      The Peace Corps in Cameroon

      Preparation, Training and Competition

      by Julius A. Amin (author)

      The Peace Corps was established in 1961 during the Kennedy administration, symbolizing a new direction in foreign policy-making for the United States. Founded on large aid programs staffed by volunteers, the agency’s primary goal was to help modernize Third World countries while guarding against the expansion of communism.Julius A. Amin interprets the motives behind the development of the Peace Corps and analyzes the program and performance of its volunteers in Cameroon during the 1960s. He bases his study on previously unused primary sources, including the completed questionnaires of returned volunteers and the diaries and letters they donated to him. He also provides extensive interviews conducted in Cameroon where, as a student, he was taught by the volunteers and later worked as their colleague.Amin finds that the volunteers contributed greatly to the social and educational development of Cameroon and made many new American friends within the host country. On a broader level, they learned about themselves and other people, and returned to the United States determined to reeducate Americans about Africa. Amin notes, however, that the volunteers expressed difficulty in justifying the ideals of American democracy to the Cameroonians in light of such issues as racism in America and U.S. intervention in Vietnam.Washington policymakers have seldom involved returned volunteers in discussions concerning the Third World. Amin believes that the volunteers could be invaluable in stimulating a renewed friendship between America and Third World countries, and in helping to explain why programs designed to assist Third World development often fail at the implementation stage.The Peace Corps in Cameroon also contains a comparitive analysis of the agency’s work in the neighboring countries of Ghana and Guinea, where its efforts were not as successful. In addition, it features numerous photographs of volunteers at work in Cameroon and maps to complement the text.This pioneer study contributes to Africanist/American scholarship in general, and specifically adds to the historical literature about Peace Corps volunteers in a Third World country. It is must reading for anyone interested in similar endeavors in African countries or in the overall effectiveness of the Peace Corps program.

    • History of Art: Ancient & Classical Art, BCE to c.500 CE

      The Hidden Life of Ancient Egypt

      Decoding the Secrets of a Lost World

      by Clare Gibson

      The Hidden Life of Ancient Egypt' explores in stunning images and straightforward language how the symbolism encoded in the art and artefacts of this great empire can be the key to understanding the rites, thoughts, and daily life of ancient Egyptians.

    • Biography: general

      An Impossible Dream

      Some of Kenya's Last Colonial Wardens Recall the Game Department in the British Empire's Closing Years.

      by

    • Biography: general

      Banagi Hill

      A Game Warden's Africa

      by John Blower

    • Military history

      The Last Colonial Regiment

      The History of the Kenya Regiment (T.f)

      by Ian. Parker

    • African history

      Wash My Bikini

      Working With Voluntary Service Overseas in Zambia

      by Anne Thomson

    • Adventure

      Tales From The Cross

      by David Marcus

      For a short period around 1994, the author piloted a number of air ambulance flights around South Africa and its neighbouring countries. During this time, he encountered circumstances that were often extraordinary … poignant, comic, embarrassing, or bizarre to an extent that merited documentation, particularly when extrapolated against an African backdrop already liberally littered with unlikely events. The manuscript is a fictionalised account of those experiences. “Tales from the Cross” comprises 60,000 words, organised as a prologue, eight chapters, and a postscript. It follows the strange adventures of Harry Kamel, attorney and part-time air ambulance pilot, in his travels across Southern Africa on missions of mercy. Each chapter comprises a self-contained episode, although the key characters migrate from chapter to chapter across the manuscript. The central plot of each episode (but one) is essentially true, with actual identities and places disguised.

    • Fiction
      2001

      Ama

      A Story Of The Atlantic Slave Trade

      by Manu Herbstein

      Ama: A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade by Manu Herbstein Winner of the 2002 Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Best First Book "I am a human being; I am a woman; I am a black woman; I am an African. Once I was free; then I was captured and became a slave; but inside me, I have never been a slave, inside me here and here, I am still a free woman." In the course of four hundred years some twelve million Africans were forcibly transported across the Atlantic to serve European settlers and their descendants. Only the barest fragments of their stories have survived. Manu Herbstein's ambitious, meticulously researched and moving novel sets out to recreate one of these lives, following Ama, its eponymous heroine, from her home in the Sahel, through Kumase at the height of Asante power, and Elmina, centre of the Dutch slave trade, to a sugar plantation in Brazil. "This is story telling on a grand scale," writes Tony Simões da Silva. "In Ama, Herbstein creates a work of literature that celebrates the resilience of human beings while denouncing the inscrutable nature of their cruelty. By focusing on the brutalisation of Ama's body, and on the psychological scars of her experiences, Herbstein dramatises the collective trauma of slavery through the story of a single African woman. Ama echoes the views of writers, historians and philosophers of the African diaspora who have argued that the phenomenon of slavery is inextricable from the deepest foundations of contemporary western civilisation."

    • Children's & YA
      2011

      Brave Music of a Distant Drum

      by Manu Herbstein

      Brave Music of a Distant Drum by Manu Herbstein Published by Red Deer Press, Canada and Techmate, Ghana From the back cover: Ama is a slave. She is old and dying and has an incredible story to tell. It is about violence and heartache, but it is also a story of courage, hope, determination, and ultimately, love. Since Ama is blind, she cannot write down her story for future generations. Instead, she summons the son from whom she has been long separated. At first he thinks she's old and tiresome. But as Ama's astonishing journey unfolds in her own words, his world changes forever, until he can never see it with the same eyes again. Nor will those who read Ama's story.

    • African history
      July 2012

      A Sacred Cause

      The Inter-Congolese Dialogue 2000-2003

      by P E Winter

      In March 2000, Philip Winter was approached to act as Chef de Cabinet to the ex-President of Botswana, Sir Ketumile ‘Quett’ Masire, who had been selected to chair and facilitate the talks to which three main warring parties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo had agreed in the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement in 1999. The long and complicated discussions which followed, with so many other interested parties, turned into a negotiating marathon lasting over three years and culminating in a signed agreement in Sun City in April 2003. Masire was especially mindful of the need to maintain a neutral stance between all the parties involved – not easy for any of those who worked tirelessly to bring the agreement to fruition. This account of the negotiations, taken from the author’s notes at the time and from minutes and reports of the many meetings, forms a definitive record of how patience and diplomacy set the framework for a better future for the eighty million inhabitants of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This is a book which should be read by all those interested in the resolution of conflicts in general and in Africa in particular.

    • African history
      January 2013

      Black Egyptians

      The African Origins of Ancient Egypt

      by Segun Magbagbeola

    • Anthropology

      Human Mules

      The Kayayo Girls

      by Carol Larratt

      Almost hidden within the depths of one of Africa's largest cities live the enigmatic Kayayo - thousands of young adolescent girls who have chosen to live in an exclusively female world devoid of men and boys. Through extensive interviews in often dangerous circumstances, Carol Larratt takes us on a journey where we experience first hand their tragedies and horrors. Human Mules is a story of human survival against almost inconceivable adversity. Yet like all stories of survival it is ultimately uplifting as we too experience the joys and heartaches of these courageous young women.

    • Fiction
      August 2014

      Ramseyer's Ghost

      by Manu Herbstein

      Ramseyer’s Ghost is a stand-alone dystopian/utopian political novel set in West Africa in 2050. The global village has disintegrated. The Atlantic Ocean has become an American sea. West Africa has become a desert of failed states and anarchy, dotted with mines and oil rigs, stockaded and armed by U. S. corporations. The Americans dispatch expeditions of geologists and mining engineers into the dangerous interior of the Dark Continent to search for untapped resources. One such expedition has gone missing. Ekem “Crash” Ferguson, born in the U.S. in 2008 of African parents and abandoned to the care of foster parents, is a Captain in the Marine Corps. His career blocked and his marriage failing, he accepts an offer to proceed to Ghana on a one-man mission to find the missing experts. He suspects that his supervising officer, Bud Power, is having an affair with this wife. His arrival in Africa is inauspicious: in a shack amongst the coconut palms he comes across two human skeletons. A boy guides him to a coastal village. He tells the chief that he has come to Ghana to search for his natural parents. The chief welcomes him and delegates fisherman Kofi Kom to accompany him to Kumase, the Asante capital, 120 miles up-country. In Kumase, Crash goes to the stadium at dead of night to await the arrival of the three Thunderbirds, each carrying an armoured vehicle that will take the rescue party to the Fort. As the Thunderbirds touch down, they are blown up. Crash survives and is arrested. Anokye, the Asante king’s first minister, interrogates Crash. He is put on trial and convicted but Anokye intervenes to save him from execution. As part of his sentence, Crash travels the country as a movie about the abortive invasion is screened in one village after another. He is impressed by what he perceives as a unique social experiment, led by Anokye, an attempt to build a decent, viable society in an economy barely above subsistence level. After a year, Crash has completed his sentence and is permitted to return to the U.S. Anokye, now retired, accompanies him to the coastal village at which Crash arrived. There Anokye reveals to him that they are brothers and that the skeletons Crash found on his arrival are those of their parents. After burying his parents’ remains, Crash arranges a passage to New York in a passing oil tanker. As soon as he rings his doorbell, Millicent phones the Marines and Crash is arrested. He is charged with treason, tried and subsequently executed. Bud abandons Millicent. Years later, after he has graduated from college, Crash’s son Fergus questions his mother about his late father. She refuses to talk. He gets a job as a cleaner in the Marine archives, “borrows” his father’s file and publishes the contents in the public domain. When the authorities start looking for him, he is already on his way to Africa, where he hopes to find his Uncle Anokye.

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