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Africa in the World: History and Historiography  

Esperanza Brizuela-Garcia

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Nov 2018
Since antiquity and through the modern era African societies maintained contacts with peoples in Europe, the Near and Far East, and the Americas. Among other things, African peoples ... More

African Biography and Historiography  

Heather Hughes

Biography in the African context can take many forms, from brief entries in a biographical dictionary or obituary in a newspaper to multivolume studies of single individuals. It can ... More

African Diasporas: History and Historiography  

Mohammed Bashir Salau

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Nov 2018
People of African descent who migrated from their “homelands” constituted, and still constitute, important forces in many African cultures outside of their “homelands” as well as in many ... More

African Economic History and Historiography  

Alois Mlambo

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Aug 2018
Africa’s economic history went through various stages, beginning with Stone Age hunter-gatherers, through the Iron Age and the development of agriculture, to sedentary communities with ... More

African Feminist Thought  

Amina Mama

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Oct 2019
African feminist thought refers to the dynamic ideas, reflections, theories and other expressions of intellectual practices by politically radical African women concerned with liberating ... More

African Iron Production and Iron-Working Technologies: Methods  

Louise Iles

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Jul 2017
Iron production was a particularly important precolonial African technology, with iron becoming a central component of socioeconomic life in many societies across the continent. ... More

African Market Women, Market Queens, and Merchant Queens  

Gracia Clark

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Jul 2018
In the open marketplaces found in cities and villages throughout Africa, women traders usually predominate. This gives women considerable weight as economic actors, because these ... More

African Masculinities  

Ndubueze L. Mbah

As a system of identity, African masculinity is much more than a cluster of norms, values, and behavioral patterns expressing explicit and implicit expectations of how men should act and ... More

African Military History and Historiography  

Timothy Parsons

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Nov 2018
African military history is more than just the study of “tribal warfare,” imperial conquest, military coups, and child soldiers. Moving beyond conventional questions of strategy, tactics, ... More

African Philosophies of History and Historiography  

Toyin Falola and Abikal Borah

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Nov 2018
Since the late 1950s, the field of African historiography has undergone many changes. While discussing African philosophies of history, one must acknowledge shifts within the discipline of ... More

African Religion and Healing in the Atlantic Diaspora  

John M. Janzen

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Jul 2017
Religion and healing are useful scholarly constructs in summarizing, consolidating, and interpreting a myriad of details from the historic African-Atlantic experience. For heuristic ... More

The African Rinderpest Panzootic, 1888–1897  

Thaddeus Sunseri

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Apr 2018
Between 1888 and 1897, rinderpest virus (cattle plague) spread throughout sub-Saharan Africa, presumably for the first time, killing over 90 percent of African cattle and countless ... More

Africans in World Wars I and II  

Joe Lunn

World Wars I and II were very probably the most destructive conflicts in African history. In terms of the human costs—the numbers of people mobilized, the scale of violence and destruction ... More

African Urban History and Historiography  

Eric Ross

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Nov 2018
The urban history of Africa is as ancient, varied, and complex as that of other continents, and the study of this history shares many of the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological ... More

African Women in Art  

Nomusa Makhubu

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Jan 2020
The intersecting histories of African women artists are often found in three historical categories: traditional/classical, modern, and contemporary. As historical categories they mark the ... More

African Women in Colonial Settler Towns in East and Southern Africa  

Diana Jeater

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Jan 2020
The first permanent African residents of the new towns established by whites in southern and eastern Africa at the end of the 19th century were female. These towns were new social spaces, ... More

African Women in Film, the Moving Image, and Screen Culture  

Beti Ellerson

While African women in film have distinct histories and trajectories, at the same time they have common goals and objectives. Hence, “African women in film” is a concept, an idea, with a ... More

Ancient Developments in the Middle Senegal Valley and the Inland Niger Delta  

Alioune Dème

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Apr 2018
The study of West Africa has contributed to the expansion of comparative arid-lands floodplain prehistory, from both the data collection (cultural and historical) and the theoretical ... More

An Environmental History of Southern Africa  

Jasper Knight

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Feb 2020
Southern Africa has experienced significant environmental changes since the breakup of the Gondwana supercontinent, starting around 180 million years ago. These environmental changes ... More

Animals in African History  

Sandra Swart

Animal history in Africa—the multi-species story of the continent’s past—as a separate subdisciplinary “turn” is both recent and tentative, but as an integrated theme within the broader ... More

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