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  • Writing the Revolution

    Wikipedia and the Survival of Facts in the Digital Age

    by Heather Ford ...
    A close reading of Wikipedia’s article on the Egyptian Revolution reveals the complexity inherent in establishing the facts of events as they occur and are relayed to audiences near and far.Wikipedia bills itself as an encyclopedia built on neutrality, authority, and crowd-sourced consensus. Platforms like Google and digital assistants like Siri distribute Wikipedia’s facts widely, further ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • Sovereignty without Power

    Liberia in the Age of Empires, 1822–1980

    series Cambridge Studies in Economic History - Second Series
    What did independence mean during the age of empires? How did independent governments balance different interests when they made policies about trade, money and access to foreign capital? Sovereignty without Power tells the story of Liberia, one of the few African countries to maintain independence through the colonial period. Established in 1822 as a colony for freed slaves from the United States ... Read more

    $65.99 USD

  • River of the Gods

    Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The harrowing story of one of the great feats of exploration of all time and its complicated legacy—from the New York Times bestselling author of The River of Doubt and Destiny of the Republic"A lean, fast-paced account of the almost absurdly dangerous quest by [Richard Burton and John Speke] to solve the geographic riddle of their era." —The New York Times Book Review< ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Weavers, Scribes, and Kings

    A New History of the Ancient Near East

    A unique history of the ancient Near East that compellingly presents the life stories of kings, priestesses, merchants, bricklayers, and others In this sweeping history of the ancient Near East, Amanda Podany takes readers on a gripping journey from the creation of the world's first cities to the conquests of Alexander the Great. The book is built around the life stories of many ancient men and ... Read more

    $22.99 USD

  • Politics at a Distance from the State

    Radical and African Perspectives

    For decades, most anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist movements identified radical transformation with capturing state power. The collapse of these statist projects from the 1970s led to a global crisis of left and working-class politics. But crisis has also opened space for rediscovering alternative society-centered, anti-capitalist modes of bottom-up change, operating at a distance from the ... Read more

    $8.99 USD

  • Cultivating the Nile

    The Everyday Politics of Water in Egypt

    series New Ecologies for the Twenty-First Century
    The waters of the Nile are fundamental to life in Egypt. In this compelling ethnography, Jessica Barnes explores the everyday politics of water: a politics anchored in the mundane yet vital acts of blocking, releasing, channeling, and diverting water. She examines the quotidian practices of farmers, government engineers, and international donors as they interact with the waters of the Nile flowing ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • Street Archives and City Life

    Popular Intellectuals in Postcolonial Tanzania

    by Emily Callaci ...
    series Radical Perspectives
    In Street Archives and City Life Emily Callaci maps a new terrain of political and cultural production in mid- to late twentieth-century Tanzanian urban landscapes. While the postcolonial Tanzanian ruling party (TANU) adopted a policy of rural socialism known as Ujamaa between 1967 and 1985, an influx of youth migrants to the city of Dar es Salaam generated innovative forms of urbanism through the ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • Native Sons

    West African Veterans and France in the Twentieth Century

    series Politics, History, and Culture
    For much of the twentieth century, France recruited colonial subjects from sub-Saharan Africa to serve in its military, sending West African soldiers to fight its battles in Europe, Southeast Asia, and North Africa. In this exemplary contribution to the “new imperial history,” Gregory Mann argues that this shared military experience between France and Africa was fundamental not only to their ... Read more

    $20.99 USD

  • Tears of the Desert

    A Memoir of Survival in Darfur

    “[Halima Bashir’s] mesmerizing tale of against-all-odds endurance is a piercing lament—and a clear-eyed call to action.”—Vogue“This memoir helps keep the Darfur tragedy open as a wound not yet healed.”—Elie Wiesel, author of NightBorn into the Zaghawa tribe in the Sudanese desert, Halima Bashir received a good education away from her rural surroundings (thanks to her doting, politically astute ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $6.99 USD

  • Chica da Silva

    A Brazilian Slave of the Eighteenth Century

    series New Approaches to the Americas
    Júnia Ferreira Furtado offers a fascinating study of the world of a freed woman of color in a small Brazilian town where itinerant merchants, former slaves, Portuguese administrators and concubines interact across social and cultural lines. The child of an African slave and a Brazilian military nobleman of Portuguese descent, Chica da Silva won her freedom using social and matrimonial strategies. ... Read more

    $24.99 USD

  • Black Morocco

    A History of Slavery, Race, and Islam

    Book 123 - African Studies
    Black Morocco: A History of Slavery, Race, and Islam chronicles the experiences, identity and achievements of enslaved black people in Morocco from the sixteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century. Chouki El Hamel argues that we cannot rely solely on Islamic ideology as the key to explain social relations and particularly the history of black slavery in the Muslim world, for this ... Read more

    $26.99 USD

  • Long Walk to Freedom

    The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

    "Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand history – and then go out and change it." –President Barack ObamaNelson Mandela was one of the great moral and political leaders of his time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. After his triumphant release in 1990 ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Under Construction

    Technologies of Development in Urban Ethiopia

    by Daniel Mains ...
    Over the past decade, Ethiopia has had one of the world's fastest growing economies, largely due to its investments in infrastructure, and it is through building dams, roads, and other infrastructure that the Ethiopian state seeks to become a middle-income country by 2025. Yet most urban Ethiopians struggle to meet their daily needs and actively oppose a ruling party that they associate with ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • Egypt from Alexander to the Copts

    An Archaeological and Historical Guide Revised Electronic Edition

    After its conquest by Alexander the Great in 332 bc, Egypt was ruled for the next 300 years by the Ptolemaic dynasty founded by Ptolemy I, one of Alexander's generals. With the defeat of Cleopatra VII in 30 bc, Egypt became a province of the Roman Empire, and later of the Byzantine Empire. For a millennium it was one of the wealthiest, most populous and important lands of the multicultural ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Medieval Ethiopian Kingship, Craft, and Diplomacy with Latin Europe

    by Verena Krebs ...
    This book explores why Ethiopian kings pursued long-distance diplomatic contacts with Latin Europe in the late Middle Ages. It traces the history of more than a dozen embassies dispatched to the Latin West by the kings of Solomonic Ethiopia, a powerful Christian kingdom in the medieval Horn of Africa. Drawing on sources from Europe, Ethiopia, and Egypt, it examines the Ethiopian kings’ motivations ... Read more

    $89.09 USD $44.99 USD

  • Ike's Gamble

    America's Rise to Dominance in the Middle East

    by Michael Doran ...
    “Deeply researched, tightly argued, and accessibly concise” (The New York Times Book Review)—a major retelling of the Suez Canal Crisis of 1956, a seminal event in the history of US relations with the Middle East, and why President Eisenhower sided with Egypt rather than Britain, France, and Israel, and how he came to regret that decision.In 1956 President Nasser of Egypt moved to take possession ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • King Leopold's Ghost

    A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

    "An enthralling story . . . A work of history that reads like a novel." — Christian Science Monitor“As Hochschild’s brilliant book demonstrates, the great Congo scandal prefigured our own times . . . This book must be read and reread.” — Los Angeles Times Book ReviewIn the late nineteenth century, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium carried out a brutal ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Clooney's War

    South Sudan, humanitarian failure and celebrity

    by Alex Perry ...
    In this book Alex Perry explores how humanitarian activities across the world, including those of celebrities like George Clooney and others brought pressure to bear that resulted in the creation of South Sudan as a separate state. This at a time when senior diplomats believed the chances of the new nation surviving and thriving were slim. Predictably, it seems an outcome that should have solved ... Read more

    $2.99 USD

  • Hatred for Black People

    by Shehu Sani ...
    In the Arab nation of Libya, black migrant workers were targeted, killed, maimed, and raped in a pogrom that ensured in the aftermath of the NATOaided revolution. The nation of Mauritania stripped the black population of their citizenship. The State of Israel rounded up sub-Saharan blacks and deported them as illegal immigrants. Black football players in Ukraine had banana thrown at them by racist ... Read more

    $3.99 USD

  • A Savage War of Peace

    Algeria 1954-1962

    The Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It brought down six French governments, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, returned de Gaulle to power, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. More than a million Muslim Algerians died in the conflict and as many European settlers were driven into exile. Above all, the war was marked by an unholy marriage of revolutionary terror ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Social History of Agriculture

    From the Origins to the Current Crisis

    This innovative text provides a compelling narrative world history through the lens of food and farmers. Tracing the history of agriculture from earliest times to the present, Christopher Isett and Stephen Millerargue that people, rather than markets, have been the primary agents of agricultural change. Exploring the actions taken by individuals and groups over time and analyzing their activities ... Read more

    $47.99 USD

  • The South Africa Reader

    History, Culture, Politics

    series The World Readers
    The South Africa Reader is an extraordinarily rich guide to the history, culture, and politics of South Africa. With more than eighty absorbing selections, the Reader provides many perspectives on the country's diverse peoples, its first two decades as a democracy, and the forces that have shaped its history and continue to pose challenges to its future, particularly violence, inequality, and ... Read more

    $21.99 USD

  • Give a Man a Fish

    Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution

    series The Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures
    In Give a Man a Fish James Ferguson examines the rise of social welfare programs in southern Africa, in which states make cash payments to their low income citizens. More than thirty percent of South Africa's population receive such payments, even as pundits elsewhere proclaim the neoliberal death of the welfare state. These programs' successes at reducing poverty under conditions of mass ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • Almost Home

    Maroons between Slavery and Freedom in Jamaica, Nova Scotia, and Sierra Leone

    by Ruma Chopra ...
    The unique story of a small community of escaped slaves who revolted against the British government yet still managed to maneuver and survive against all oddsAfter being exiled from their native Jamaica in 1795, the Trelawney Town Maroons endured in Nova Scotia and then in Sierra Leone. In this gripping narrative, Ruma Chopra demonstrates how the unlikely survival of this community of escaped ... Read more

    $28.99 USD