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  1. Abdelmonem, Mohamed Gamal. 2015. The Architecture of Home in Cairo: Socio-Spatial Practice of the Hawari’s Everyday Life. Farnham, Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate. 349 pp.
  2. Adeduntan, Ayo.  2014. What the Forest Told Me: Yoruba Hunter, Culture and Narrative Performance. Pretoria: Unisa, University of South Africa Press.  138 pp.
  3. Aderinto, Saheed. 2015. Children and Childhood in Colonial Nigerian Histories. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 256 pp.
  4. Adogame, Afe (ed). 2014. The Public Face of African New Religious Movements in Diaspora: Imagining the Religious ‘Other’. Farnham, Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Limited. 289 pp.
  5. Alkebuan, Paul. 2014. The African American Press in World War II: Toward Victory at Home and Abroad. London: Lexington Books. 165pp.
  6. Anderson, Carol. 2015. Bourgois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960. New York: Cambridge University Press. 372 pp.
  7. Armistead, Jack M.  2014. Otherworldly John Dryden: Occult Rhetoric in His Poems and Plays. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited. 187pp.
  8. Balaton-Chrimes, Samantha. 2015. Ethnicity, Democracy and Citizenship in Africa: Political Marginalisation of Kenya’s Nubians. Farnham, Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate. 188 pp.
  9. Behrends, Andrea, Sung-Joon Park, and Richard Rottenburg, eds. 2014. Travelling Models in African Conflict Management: Translating Technologies of Social Ordering. Leiden and Boston: Brill. 247pp.
  10. Benton, Adia. 2015. HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra Leone. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press. 176 pp.
  11. Black, David R. 2015. Canada and Africa in the New Millennium: The Politics of Consistent Inconsistency. Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.310 pp.
  12. Black, Jeremy. 2014. Politics and Foreign Policy in the Age of George I, 1714-1727. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited. 279pp.
  13. Blanes, Ruy Llera. 2014. A Prophetic Trajectory: Ideologies of Place, Time and Belonging in an Angolan Religious Movement. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books. 234 pp.
  14. Byfield, Judith, et al., eds. 2015. Africa and World War II. New York: Cambridge University Press. 540 pp.
  15. Camara, Mohamed Saliou, Thomas O’Toole and Janice E. Baker, eds. 2014. Historical Dictionary of Guinea. Fifth Edition. Lanham: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 390pp.
  16. Campbell, Gwyn and Elizabeth Elbourne, eds. 2014. Sex, Power and Slavery. Athens: Ohio University Press. 646 pp.
  17. Casciarri, Barbara, Munzoul A.M. Assal and François Ireton (eds.). 2015. Multidimensional Change in Sudan (1989–2011): Reshaping Livelihoods, Conflicts and Identities. New York: Berghahn. 374 pp.
  18. Chandarlapaty, Raj. 2015. Re-creating Paul Bowles, the Other, and the Imagination: Music Film and Photography. Lanham and London: Lexington Books. 191 pp.
  19. Chimakonam, Jonathan O. (ed). 2015. Atuolu Omalu: Some Unanswered Questions in Contemporary African Philosophy. University Press of America: Lanham. 315 pp.
  20. Clough, Paul. 2014. Morality and Economic Growth in Rural West Africa: Indigenous Accumulation in Hausaland. New York: Berghahn Books. 442pp.
  21. Connor, Teresa. 2014. Conserved Spaces, Ancestral Places: Conservation, history and identity among farm labourers in the Sundays River Valley, South Africa. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press. 212 pp.
  22. Corder, Hugh, Veronica Federico and Romano Orru, eds. 2014. The Quest for Constitutionalism: South Africa since 1994. Farnham, Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT: : Ashgate. 276 pp.
  23. Coullie, Judith Lutge and Andries Visagie, eds. 2014.  Antjie Krog: An Ethics of Body and Otherness. South Africa: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.  341 pp.
  24. Dancer, Helen. 2015. Women, Land & Justice in Tanzania. Suffolk: James Currey. 191 pp.
  25. Dipio, Dominica. 2014. Gender Terrains in African Cinema. Pretoria: University of South Africa Press. 227 pp.
  26. Evans, Martha. 2014.  Broadcasting the End of Apartheid: Live Television and the Birth of a New South Africa. London:  I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.  319 pp.
  27. Eldredge, Elizabeth A. 2015. Kingdoms and Chiefdoms of Southeastern Africa: Oral Traditions and History, 1400-1830. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press. 438 pp.
  28. Eyre, Banning. 2015. Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music That Made Zimbabwe. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. 416 pp.
  29. Farred, Grant, Kasereka Kavwahirehi and Leonard Praeg (eds). 2014. Violence in/and the Great Lakes: The Thought of V-Y Mudimbe and Beyond. Pietermaritzburg: University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Press. 228 pp.
  30. Faszer-McMahon, Debra and Victoria L. Ketz, eds. 2015. African Immigrants in Contemporary Spanish Texts: Crossing the Strait. Farnham, Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate. 282 pp.
  31. Ferguson, James. 2015. Give a Man a Fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. 280 pp.
  32. Fields-Black, Edda L. 2015. Deep Roots: Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora.Indiana University Press: Bloomington. 277 pp.
  33. Friedman, Steven. 2015. Race, Class and Power: Harold Wolpe and the Radical Critique of Apartheid. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press. 368 pp.
  34. Geissler, P. Wenzel, ed. 2015. Para-States and Medical Science: Making African Global Health. Duke University Press: Durham and London. 369 pp.
  35. Gibbs, Timothy. 2014. Mandela’s Kinsmen: Nationalist Elites & Apartheid’s First Bantustan. Suffolk: James Currey. 208pp.
  36. Good, Kenneth. 2014. Trust in the Capacities of the People, Distrust in Elites. Maryland: Lexington Books. 269 pp.
  37. Gomez-Rivas, Camilo. 2015. Law and Islamization of Morocco under the Almoravids: The Fatwas of Ibn Rushd al-Jadd to the Far Maghrib. Leiden and Boston: Brill. 207 pp.
  38. Grabska, Katarzyna. 2014. Gender, Home and Identity: Nuer Repatriation to Southern Sudan. Suffolk and New York: James Currey. 223 pp.
  39. Grady, Sandra. 2015. Improvised Adolescence: Somali Bantu Teenage Refugees in America. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 158 pp.
  40. Grootaers, Jan-Lodewijk and Alexander Bortolot, eds. 2014. Visions from the Forests: the art of Liberia and Sierra Leone. Seattle: The University of Washington Press. 239 pp.
  41. Hale, Thomas A. and Aissata G. Sikikou, eds. 2014. Women’s Songs from West Africa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 341 pp.
  42. Hamilton, Lawrence.  2014.  Freedom is Power: Liberty through Political Representation Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press.  231 pp.
  43. Haugh, Wendi A. 2014. Lyrical Nationalism Post-Apartheid Namibia: Kings, Christians, and Cosmopolitans in Catholic Youth Songs. London: Lexington Books. 283pp.
  44. Heaton, Colin D. and Anne-Marie Lewis. 2014. Four-War Boer: the century and life of Pieter Arnoldus Krueler. Philadelphia: Casemate. 274 pp.
  45. Hicks, Celeste. 2015. Africa’s New Oil: Power, Pipelines and Future Fortunes. London: Zed Books. 239 pp.
  46. Hilhorst, Ansoms and Thea, eds. 2014. Losing your Land: Dispossession in the Great Lakes. Suffolk, UK and Rochester, NY: James Curry. 218 pp.
  47. Hirson, Denis, ed. 2015. In the Heat of Shadows: South African Poetry 1996-2013. Grahamstown, ECP, South Africa: Deep South. 279 pp.
  48. Hunter, Emma. 2015. Political Thought and the Public Sphere in Tanzania: Freedom, Democracy and Citizenship in the Era of Decolonization. New York: Cambridge University Press. 259 pp.
  49. Imafidon, Elvis and John Ayontunde Isola Bewaji, eds. 2014. Ontologized Ethics: New Essays in African Meta-Ethics. Lanham: Lexington Books. 221 pp.
  50. Israel, Paolo. 2014. In Steps with the Times: Mapiko Masquerades of Mozambique. Athens: Ohio University Press. 329 pp.
  51. Iyioha, Irehobhude O. and Remigus N. Nwabueze, eds. 2015. Comparative Health Law and Policy: Critical Perspectives on Nigerian and Global Health Law. Farnham, Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate. 336 pp.
  52. Jean-Baptiste, Rachel. 2014. Conjugal Rights: Marriage, Sexuality and Urban Life in Colonial Libreville, Gabon. Athens: Ohio University Press. 301 pp.
  53. Kai, Nubia. 2014. Kuma Malinke Historiography: Sundiata Keita to Almamy Samori Toure. Maryland: Lexington Books. 340 pp.
  54. Karimunda, Aime Muyoboke. 2014. The Death Penalty in Africa: The Path Towards Abolition. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited. 221 pp.
  55. Keim, Curtis. 2014. Mistaking Africa: Curiosities and Inventions of American Mind. Boulder: Westview Press. 234pp.
  56. Kirton, John J., Andrew F. Cooper, Franklyn Lisk and Hany Besada, eds. 2014. Moving Health Sovereignty in Africa: Disease, Governance, Climate Change.  Farnham, Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Limited.  304 pp.
  57. Kjerland, Kirsten Alsaker and Bjorn Enge Bertelsen (eds). 2015. Navigating Colonial Orders: Norwegian Entrepreneurship in Africa and Oceania. Berghahn Books: New York and Oxford. 395 pp.
  58. Knight, Franklin W. and Ruth Lyod, eds. 2014. Dimensions of Africa and other Diasporas. Kingston, Jamaica: The University of the West Indies Press. 324pp.
  59. Korieh, Chima J. (ed.) 2014. “Life Not Worth Living,” Nigerian Petitions Reflecting an African Society’s Experiences During World War II. Carolina Academic Press: Durham. 302 pp.
  60. Laplante, Julie. 2015. Healing Roots: Anthropology in Life and Medicine. New York and Oxford: Berghahn. 289 pp.
  61. Lee, Christopher J. 2014. Unreasonable Histories: Nativism, Multiracial Lives and the Genealogical Imagination in British Africa. Duke University Press: Durham and London. 346 pp.
  62. Little, Peter D. 2014. Economic and Political Reform in Africa: Anthropological Perspectives. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. 240pp.
  63. Lorway, Robert. 2015. Namibia’s Rainbow Project: Gay Rights in an African Nation. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. 155pp.
  64. Lovesey, Oliver. 2015. The Postcolonial Intellectual: Ngũgĩ wa Thion’go in Context. Farnham, Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate. 236 pp.
  65. Lowry, James and Wamukoya, Justus, eds. 2014. Integrity in Government through Records Management: Essays in Honour of Anne Thurston. Farnham, Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Company. 254 pp.
  66. Malunga, Chiku.  2014.  Animal Farm Prophesy Fulfilled in Africa: A Call to a Values Systems Revolution.  Lanham: University Press of America, Inc.  135 pp.
  67. Mamukwa, Elizabeth, Ronnie Lessem and Alexander Schieffer (eds). 2014. Integral Green Zimbabwe: An African Phoenix Rising. Gower Publishing Limited: Surrey. 267 pp.
  68. Mannall, David. 2014. Battle on the Lomba, 1987: The day a South African Armed Battalion shattered Angola’s Last Mechanised Offensive; A Crew Commander’s Account. Helion and Co. Limited: Solihull. 246 pp.
  69. Maxon, Robert M. and Thomas P. Ofcansky.  2014.  Historical Dictionary of Kenya. Third Edition.  Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.  551 pp.
  70. Meier, Barbara and Arne S. Steinforth, eds. 2014. Spirits in Politics: Uncertainties of Power and Healing in African Societies. Frankfurt and New York: Campus Verlag. 265pp.
  71. Mills, David E. 2014. Dividing the Nile: Egypt’s Economic Nationalists in the Sudan 1918-56. The American University inCairo Press: Cairo, New York. 360 pp.
  72. Munochiveyi, Munyaradzi B. 2014. Prisoners of Rhodesia: Inmates and Detainees in the Struggle for Zimbabwean Liberation, 1960-1980. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 271pp.
  73. Mutambra, Aggrippah. 2014. The Rebel in Me: A ZANLA Guerrilla Commander in the Rhodesian Bush War, 1975-1980. Helion and Co. Limited: Solihull and Pinetown. 272 pp.
  74. Nussey, Wilf. 2014. Watershed—Angola and Mozambique: A Photo History: The Portuguese Collapse in Africa, 1974-1975. Helion and Company Ltd: Solihull and 30 Degrees South Publishers: Pinetown. 143 pp.
  75. Nzongola-Ntalaja, Georges. 2014. Patrice Lumumba. Athens: Ohio University Press. 164 pp.
  76. Obario, Juan. 2014. The Spirit of the Laws in Mozambique. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. 274 pp.
  77. Okeke-Agulu, Chika. 2015. Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in Twentieth Century Nigeria. Durham and London: Duke University Press. 357 pp.
  78. Okome, Mojúbàolú Olúfúnké. 2013. State Fragility, State Formation, and Human Security in Nigeria. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 259 pp.
  79. Olsen, Kathryn. 2014. Music and Social Change in South Africa: Maskanda Past and Present. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 222 pp.
  80. Oshodi, Basheer. 2014. An Integral Approach to Development Economics: Islamic Finance in an African Context. Surrey: Gower Publishing Limited. 254pp.
  81. Oyelere Michael A. 2014. The Impact of Political Action on Labour Movement Strength: Trade Union Revitalisation in Africa. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 222pp.
  82. Peterson, Kristin, 2014.  Speculative Markets: Drug Circuits and Derivative Life in Nigeria. Durham and London: Duke University Press.  238 pp.
  83. Praeg, Leonhard and Siphokazi Magadla, eds. 2014. Ubuntu: Curating the Archive. South Africa: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press. 231 pp.
  84. Raeymaekers, Timothy. 2014. Violent Capitalism and Hybrid Identity in the Eastern Congo: Power to the Margins.Cambridge University Press: New York. 191 pp.
  85. Robbe, Ksenia. 2015. Conservation of Motherhood: South African Women’s Writing Across Traditions. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press. 317 pp.
  86. Salgado, Susana. 2014. The Internet and Democracy Building in Lusophone African Countries. Farnham, Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Company. 185 pp.
  87. Saul, John S. and Patrick Bond. 2014. South Africa: the Present as History from Mrs Ples to Mandela & Marikana. Suffolk: James Currey. 302 pp.
  88. Savage, Polly (ed). 2014. Making Art in Africa: 1960-2010. Lund Humphries: Surrey. ​304 pp.
  89. Schneider, Leander. 2014 Government of Development: Peasants and Politicians in Postcolonial Tanzania. Indiana: Indiana University Press. 234 pp.
  90. Šehović, Annamarie Bindenagel. 2014. HIV/AIDS and the South African State: Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Respond. Farnham, Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Limited. 243pp.
  91. Shetler, Jan Bender, ed. 2015. Gendering Ethnicity in African Women’s Lives. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. 335 pp.
  92. Shillington, Kevin. 2014. Albert Rene: The Father of Modern Seychelles, A Biography. Crawley, Western Australia: UWA Publishing.  320 pp.
  93. Sims, David. 2014. Egypt’s Desert Dreams: Development or Disaster? Cairo and New York: The American University in Cairo Press. 401 pp.
  94. Smillie, Ian. 2014. Diamonds. Cambridge: Polity Press. 188 pp.
  95. Smith, Daniel Jordan. 2014. AIDS Doesn’t Show Its Face: Inequality, Morality, and Social Change in Nigeria. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press. 208pp.
  96. Smith, Ivan. 2014. Bush Pig District Cop: Service with the British South Africa Police in the Rhodesian Conflict, 1965-77. Helion and Co. Limited: Solihull and GG Books UK: Warwickshire. 204 pp.
  97. Soares de Oliveira, Ricardo. 2015. Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola Since the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press. 291 pp.
  98. Stiegler, Bernard. 2014. The Lost Spirit of Capitalism: Disbelief and Discredit. Volume 3. Cambridge: Polity Press. 116pp.
  99. Stratton, Jon. 2014. When Music Migrates: Crossing British and European Racial Faultlines, 1945-2010. Farnham, Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT: : Ashgate Publishing. 221 pp.
  100. Stroller, Paul. 2014. Yaya’s Story: The Quest for Well-Being in the World. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 157 pp.
  101. Tchumkan, Hervé. 2015. State Power, Stigmatization, and Youth Resistance Culture in the French Banlieues: Uncanny Citizenship. Lanham: Lexington Books. 171 pp.
  102. Thomas, Edward. 2015. South Sudan: A Slow Liberation. London: Zed Books. 321 pp.
  103. Tjelle, Kristin Fjelde. 2014. Missionary Masculinity, 1870-1930: The Norwegian Missionaries in South-East Africa. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 325 pp.
  104. Tsika, Noah A. 2015. Nollywood Stars: Media and Migration in West Africa and the Diaspora. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. 348 pp.
  105. Udogu, E. Ike, ed. 2015. Imagining the United States of Africa: Discourses on the Way Forward. Lanham and Boulder: Lexington Books. 184 pp.
  106. Vale, Peter and Estelle H. Prinsloo (eds). 2014. The New South Africa at Twenty: Critical Perspectives.Pietermaritzburg: University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Press. 271 pp.
  107. Vale, Peter, Lawrence Hamilton and Estelle H. Prinsloo, eds.  2014. Intellectual Traditions in South Africa: Ideas, Individuals and Institutions. South Africa: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.  364 pp.
  108. Van Dijk, Rijk, Hansjorg Dilger, Marian Burchardt, Thera Rasing (eds.) 2014. Religion and AIDS Treatment in Africa: Saving Souls, Prolonging Lives. Farnham, Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing. 303 pp.
  109. Verhoeven, Harry. 2015. Water, Civilization and Power in Sudan: The Political Economy of Military-Islamist State Building. New York: Cambridge University Press. 314 pp.
  110. Vignewaran, Darshan and Joel Quirk, eds. 2015. Mobility Makes States. Migration and Power in Africa. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 297 pp.
  111. Viljoen, Rica. 2015. Inclusive Organizational Transformation: An African Perspective on Human Niches and Diversity of Thought. Farnham, Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT: Gower Publishing. 325 pp.
  112. Whyte, Susan Reynolds, ed. 2014. Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda. Durham and London: Duke University Press. 308 pp.
  113. Wright, Zachary Valentine. 2015. Living Knowledge in West African Islam: The Sufi Community of Ibrāhīm Niasse. Leiden and Boston: Brill. 333 pp.
  114. Zeilig, Leo. 2015. Lumumba: Africa’s Lost Leader (Revised and Updated Edition). London: Haus Publishing. 182 pp.