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Haile Selassie  

Eshete Tibebe

Emperor Haile Selassie I is a household name in Africa and across the globe. His name evokes a variety of feelings in people. To the radical elite of the 1970s he was seen as despot; for ... More

Heritage and the Use of the Past in East Africa  

John Giblin

This article outlines historical and ongoing uses of the past and academic heritage research into those activities within eastern Africa. The use of the past will be discussed as a deep ... More

Historical Linguistics: Classification  

Constanze Weise

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Dec 2018
Many societies in pre-1800 Africa depended on orality both for communication and for record keeping. Historians of Africa, among other ways of dealing with this issue, treat languages as ... More

Historical Linguistics: Loanwords and Borrowing  

Birgit Ricquier

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Jul 2018
The study of loanwords, and of language contact more generally, is a useful tool in tracing encounters and exchanges between different communities in the past. Loanwords often come in sets ... More

Historical Linguistics: Words and Things  

Rhonda M. Gonzales

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Nov 2018
Comparative historical linguistics is an approach comprising a set of methods that historians who have training in linguistics employ to reconstruct histories for periods of history for ... More

Histories of Transportation and Mobility in Africa  

Jennifer Hart

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Feb 2020
The history of transportation is part of a much broader history of mobility on the African continent. Transport history highlights the technologies, infrastructures, and networks that ... More

Historiography in the Maghrib in the 19th and Early 20th Century  

Sahar Bazzaz

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Sep 2017
The Maghrebi tradition of historical literary production extends back to the early centuries of Islamic expansion and conquest in North Africa and comprises a rich corpus including dynastic ... More

The History and Historiography of Science  

Helen Tilley

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Nov 2018
There is no escaping the fact that the history of science took European places and people, broadly construed, as its original object of study. There is also no escaping that in African ... More

The History of Agriculture in Ethiopia  

James C. McCann

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Feb 2017
Ethiopia’s highlands and their lowland peripheries offer a distinctive and, in many ways, ideal setting for human habitation and the evolution of agricultural ecologies. The ranges in ... More

The History of Angola  

Jeremy Ball

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Nov 2017
Angola’s contemporary political boundaries resulted from 20th-century colonialism. The roots of Angola, however, reach far into the past. When Portuguese caravels arrived in the Congo River ... More

The History of Christian Missions to Africa  

Norman Etherington

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Oct 2019
Christianity came very early to Africa, as attested by the Gospels. The agencies by which it spread across North Africa and into the Kingdom of Aksum remain largely unknown. Even after the ... More

The History of Guinea  

Mohamed Saliou Camara

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May 2020
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West Africa
Like most of post-colonial African nation-states, Guinea is the product of Europe’s colonial partition of the continent at the Berlin Conference of 1884–1885. France followed up on the ... More

The History of Islam in East Africa  

Felicitas Becker

The history of Islam in East Africa stretches back to around 1000 CE. Until the mid-20th century, it remained largely confined to the coast and closely bound up with the history of the ... More

History of Mozambique  

Eugénia Rodrigues

The peoples of early-21st-century Mozambique underwent different historical experiences which, to a certain extent, were homogenized when Portuguese colonialism encompassed the entire ... More

History of South Africa’s Bantustans  

Laura Phillips

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Jul 2017
With the passing of the Bantu Authorities Act in 1951, the apartheid set in motion the creation of ten bantustans, one of South Africa’s most infamous projects of racial ordering. Also ... More

The History of Sudanese Nationalism  

Yoshiko Kurita

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Feb 2018
Ever since its conquest by the armies of Muḥammad ‘Alī Pasha in 1820, Sudan (the Republic of Sudan today) has been subjugated to colonial rule by foreign powers—first by the ... More

History of Zanzibar to 1890  

Abdul Sheriff

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Jul 2020
The East African or Swahili coast is at the confluence between the continental world of Africa and the maritime world of the Indian Ocean, giving rise to a cosmopolitan culture. The ... More

History, Politics, and Culture in Central Tanzania  

Philip Gooding

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Aug 2019
Central Tanzania is a heterogenous region in the interior of East Africa. Its history, politics, and cultures have been affected by numerous outside influences. These outside influences ... More

HIV/AIDS in South Africa  

Rebecca Hodes

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Mar 2018
Approximately 36.7 million people worldwide are living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Almost 20 percent of South Africa’s adult population (aged fifteen to forty-nine) is ... More

Humanitarianism in Africa  

Bronwen Everill

The history of humanitarianism in Africa has been shaped largely by the history of unequal power relations and the struggle between preservative and progressive approaches to the unintended ... More

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