Subject: Africa

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Deforestation and Reforestation in Namibia: Global Consequences of Local Contradictions
Kreike, Emmanuel

Subject: Africa

Colonial rule, the capitalist market, and population growth contributed to dramatic environmental changes in twentieth-century north-central Namibia. Moreover, as discussed in Jared Diamond’s acclaimed bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, biological invasions and modern technology paved the way for colonial rule, …

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Documents from the African Past
Collins, Robert O., editor

Subject: Africa

This fascinating collection spans two millennia, beginning with a first-century merchant’s guide to the Red Sea and Indian Ocean ports. Primary sources describe ancient and medieval trade routes, China’s discovery of Africa, the slave trade, kingdoms and court life in …

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East Africa and the Indian Ocean
Alpers, Edward A.

Subject: Africa, World History

For centuries, East Africa has played a central role within the Indian Ocean world. The Arabs built the first trade networks there; these were laid siege to by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century, followed by British colonialists in the …

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Empire, Enslavement and Freedom in the Caribbean
Craton, Michael

Subject: Africa, Caribbean

The author describes and explains the origins of West Indian slave plantations, plantocracies, and the relationship between plantocrats and Amerindians. He then examines the African background of Caribbean slavery, depicts slave lives and behavior, and discusses modern perceptions of slavery …

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Eunuchs and Castrati: A Cultural History
Scholz, Piotr (translated by Shelley L. Frisch)

Subject: World History

This fascinating study of eunuchs guides readers as they travel through various lands and periods, familiarizing themselves with the duties and responsibilities, the unspeakable torments, and the passions and joys of these individuals. Eunuchs were not simply “bedchamber attendants,” as …

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First Sultan of Zanzibar: Scrambling for Power in the Nineteenth-Century Indian Ocean
Nicolini, Beatrice

Subject: World History

The Indian Ocean was long one of the world’s most important trade zones, controlled by Arab and Indian merchants. But in the 19th century, the British-French rivalry spilled over into the Indian Ocean. Pirates looted, adventurers sought their fortunes, and …

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From Berber State to Moroccan Empire: The Glory of Fez Under the Marinids
Shatzmiller, Maya

Subject: Africa, Middle East, Religion

“A masterpiece of historical scholarship”–Midwest Book Review (March 2020)

Medieval Fez was a main center of education, art, and commerce from the 13th to the 16th centuries after the Berber tribe of the Marinids seized power in Morocco and moved …

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Hidden Lives of Jews and Africans: Underground Societies in the Iberian Atlantic World
Schorsch, Jonathan

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“A real tour de force” –Reviews in History

“Schorsch introduces a cast of characters in a series of one-act plays, short stories, and extended mediations that describe particular engagements with what it meant to live between identities.” –Journal of …

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Historical Problems of Imperial Africa (Expanded and Updated Edition)
Burnes, James and Robert O. Collins

Subject: African History Textbook

“Carefully edited . . . represents a great variety of points of view.” — Choice

This book is designed to inform, engage, and stimulate discussions among its readers. Collins and his collaborators have included authoritative statements and analysis by renowned …

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Holy City on the Nile: Omdurman During the Mahdiyya, 1885–1898
Kramer, Robert S.

Subject: Africa, Religion, Middle East

The late 19th century of the Common Era also marked the end of the 13th Islamic century, a time when millions of Muslims—especially in sub-Saharan Africa—fervently expected the arrival of a Mahdi, a “divinely guided one,” who would fill the …

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