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  1. Abdi, Cawo M. 2015. Elusive Jannah: The Somali Diaspora and a Borderles  Muslim Identity. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press. 298 pp.
  2. Adinkrah, Mensah. 2015. Witchcraft, Witches and Violence in Ghana. New York: Berghahn Books. 325 pp.
  3. Alkebuan, Paul. 2014. The African American Press in World War II: Toward Victory at Home and Abroad. London: Lexington Books. 165 pp.
  4. Allo, Awol, ed. 2015. The Courtroom as a Space of Resistance: Reflections of the Legacy of the Rivonia Trial. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Company. 348 pp.
  5. Amony, Evelyn. 2015. I am Evelyn Amony: Reclaiming My Life from the Lord’s Resistance Army. Madison WI: University of Wisconsin Press. 181 pp.
  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. Farnham, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate. 187 pp.
  8. Baadj, Amar S. 2015. Saladin, the Almohads and the Banu Ghaniya: The Contest for North Africa (12th and 13th centuries). Leiden and Boston: Brill Publishers. 250 pp.
  9. Ball, Jeremy. 2015. Angola’s Colossal Lie: Forced Labor on a Sugar Plantation, 1913-1977. Leiden and Boston: Brill Publishers. 199 pp.
  10. 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. 247 pp.
  11. Bjerk, Paul. 2015. Building a Peaceful Nation: Julius Nyerere and the Establishment of Sovereignty in Tanzania, 1960-1964. Rochester: University of Rochester Press. 390 pp.
  12. Black, David R. 2015. Canada and Africa in the New Millennium: The Politics of Consistent Inconsistency. Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. 310 pp.
  13. Black, Jeremy. 2014. Politics and Foreign Policy in the Age of George I, 1714-1727. Farnham, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate. 279 pp.
  14. Camara, Mohamed Saliou, Thomas O’Toole, and Janice E. Baker, eds. 2014. Historical Dictionary of Guinea. Fifth Edition. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 390 pp.
  15. 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.
  16. Chandarlapaty, Raj. 2015. Re-creating Paul Bowles, the Other, and the Imagination: Music Film and Photography. Lanham and London: Lexington Books. 191 pp.
  17. Clough, Paul. 2014. Morality and Economic Growth in Rural West Africa: Indigenous Accumulation in Hausaland. New York: Berghahn Books. 442 pp.
  18. Cleveland, Todd. 2015. Diamonds in the Rough: Corporate Paternalism and African Professionalism on the Mines of Colonial Angola, 1917-1975. Athens: Ohio University Press. 305 pp.
  19. Collins, John. 2015. Fela: Kalakuta Notes. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press. 326 pp.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Derefaka, Abi Alabo, et al., eds. 2015.The Vile Trade: Slavery and the Slave Trade in Africa. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press. 348 pp.
  23. Dipio, Dominica. 2014. Gender Terrains in African Cinema. Pretoria: University of South Africa Press. 227 pp.
  24. Dowd, Robert A. 2015. Christianity, Islam, and Liberal Democracy: Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa. New York: Oxford University Press. 240 pp.
  25. Duplessis, Robert, S. 2016. The Material Atlantic: Clothing, Commerce, and Colonization in the Atlantic World, 1650-1800. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 351 pp.
  26. Ephirim-Donkor, Anthony. 2015. The Making of an African King: Patrilineal and Matrilineal Struggle among the Awutu (Effutu) of Ghana. Lanham: University Press of America, Inc. 275 pp.
  27. 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.
  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. Fischer, Eberhard. 2015. Dan Artists: The Sculptors Tame, Si, Tompieme and Sõn. Their Personalities and Work. Zurich: Scheidegger & Spies. 144 pp.
  32. Fields-Black, Edda L. 2015. Deep Roots: Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 277 pp.
  33. Fischer, Eberhard and Lorenz Homberger. 2014. African Masters: Art from the Ivory Coast. Zurich: Verlag Scheidegger and Spiess AG/Museum Rietburg Zurich. 240 pp.
  34. Fontein, Joost. 2015. Remaking Mutirikwi: Landscape, Water and Belonging in Southern Zimbabwe. Suffolk: James Currey. 340 pp
  35. Gadzala, Aleksandra W., ed. 2015. Africa and China: How Africans and Their Governments are Shaping Relations with China. Lanham and London: Rowman and Littlefield. 216 pp.
  36. Garman, Anthea. 2015. Antjie Krog and the Post-Apartheid Public Sphere: Speaking Poetry to Power. Pietermaritzburg: KwaZulu-Natal Press. 204 pp.
  37. Gibbs, Timothy. 2014. Mandela’s Kinsmen: Nationalist Elites & Apartheid’s First Bantustan. Suffolk: James Currey. 208pp.
  38. Good, Kenneth. 2014. Trust in the Capacities of the People, Distrust in Elites. Maryland: Lexington Books. 269 pp.
  39. 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.
  40. Grabska, Katarzyna. 2014. Gender, Home and Identity: Nuer Repatriation to Southern Sudan. Suffolk and New York: James Currey. 223 pp.
  41. 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.
  42. Hale, Thomas A. and Aissata G. Sikikou, eds. 2014. Women’s Songs from West Africa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 341 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. Hill, Shannen L. 2015. Biko’s Ghost: The Iconography of Black Consciousness.  Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press. 394 pp.
  46. Hirson, Denis, ed. 2015. In the Heat of Shadows: South African Poetry 1996-2013. Grahamstown, South Africa: Deep South. 279 pp.
  47. Hopper, Matthew S. 2015. Slaves of One Master: Globalization and Slavery in Arabia in the Age of Empire. New Haven: Yale University Press. 320 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. Huttenbach, Laura Lee P. 2015. The Boy is Gone: Conversations with a Mau Mau General. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press. 256 pp.
  50. Ijatuyi-Morphe, Randee. 2014. Africa’s Social and Religious Quest: A Comprehensive Survey and Analysis of the African Situation. Lanham: University Press of America, Inc. 642 pp.
  51. Israel, Paolo. 2014. In Steps with the Times: Mapiko Masquerades of Mozambique. Athens: Ohio University Press. 329 pp.
  52. 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.
  53. Jean-Baptiste, Rachel. 2014. Conjugal Rights: Marriage, Sexuality and Urban Life in Colonial Libreville, Gabon. Athens: Ohio University Press. 301 pp.
  54. Joseph, James A. 2015. Saved for a Purpose: A Journey from Private Virtues to Public Values. Durham and London: Duke University Press. 299 pp.
  55. Kai, Nubia. 2014. Kuma Malinke Historiography: Sundiata Keita to Almamy Samori Toure. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 340 pp.
  56. Karimunda, Aime Muyoboke. 2014. The Death Penalty in Africa: The Path Towards Abolition. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited. 221 pp.
  57. Keim, Curtis. 2014. Mistaking Africa: Curiosities and Inventions of American Mind. Boulder: Westview Press. 234 pp.
  58. 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.
  59. 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.
  60. Knight, Franklin W. and Ruth Lyod, eds. 2014. Dimensions of Africa and other Diasporas. Kingston, Jamaica: The University of the West Indies Press. 324 pp.
  61. Kominko, Maja, ed. 2015. From Dust to Digital: Ten Years of the Endangered Archives Programme. Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers. 759 pp.
  62. Koopman, Adrian. 2015. Zulu Plant Names. Pietermaritzburg: KwaZulu-Natal Press. 324 pp.
  63. 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.
  64. Laplante, Julie. 2015. Healing Roots: Anthropology in Life and Medicine. New York and Oxford: Berghahn. 289 pp.
  65. Lee, Christopher J. 2014. Unreasonable Histories: Nativism, Multiracial Lives and the Genealogical Imagination in British Africa. Duke University Press: Durham and London. 346 pp.
  66. Lindfors, Bernth. 2014. Early African Entertainments Abroad: From the Hottentot Venus to Africa’s First Olympians. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. 256 pp.
  67. Longair, Sarah. 2015. Cracks in the Dome: Fractured Histories of Empire in the Zanzibar Museum, 1897-1964. Burlington VT: Ashgate Publishing Company
  68. Lorway, Robert. 2015. Namibia’s Rainbow Project: Gay Rights in an African Nation. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. 155 pp.
  69. Lovesey, Oliver. 2015. The Postcolonial Intellectual: Ngũgĩ wa Thion’go in Context. Farnham, Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate. 236 pp.
  70. 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.
  71. Malunga, Chiku.  2014.  Animal Farm Prophesy Fulfilled in Africa: A Call to a Values Systems Revolution.  Lanham: University Press of America, Inc.  135 pp.
  72. Mamukwa, Elizabeth, Ronnie Lessem and Alexander Schieffer (eds). 2014. Integral Green Zimbabwe: An African Phoenix Rising. Gower Publishing Limited: Surrey. 267 pp.
  73. 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. Pinetown: Helion& Co. Ltd.; Solihull and 30 Degrees South Publishers. 246 pp.
  74. Margaretten, Emily. 2015. Street Life Under a Roof: Youth Homelessness in South Africa. Urbana, Chicago and Springfield: University of Illinois Press. 213 pp.
  75. Maxon, Robert M. and Thomas P. Ofcansky.  2014.  Historical Dictionary of Kenya. Third Edition.  Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.  551 pp.
  76. 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. 265 pp.
  77. 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.
  78. Mills, Kurt. 2015. International Responses to Mass Atrocities in Africa: Responsibility to Protect, Prosecute and Palliate. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 302 pp.
  79. Mitton, Kieran. 2015. Rebels in a Rotten State: Understanding Atrocity in Sierra Leone. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. 346 pp.
  80. 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.
  81. 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.
  82. Nustad, Knut G. 2015. Creating Africas: Struggles Over Nature, Conservation and Land.  London: Hurst and Co. 192 pp.
  83. Nyaki, Casimir L. 2015. Nyerere’s Philosphy of Economic Equality. Ndanda, Tanzania: Benedictine Publications. 183 pp.
  84. Obario, Juan. 2014. The Spirit of the Laws in Mozambique. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. 274 pp.
  85. Olsen, Kathryn. 2014. Music and Social Change in South Africa: Maskanda Past and Present. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 222 pp.
  86. Olsen, William C. and Walter E. A. van Beek. 2015. Evil in Africa: Encounters with the Everyday. Bloomington IN: Indiana University Press. 392 pp.
  87. Oshodi, Basheer. 2014. An Integral Approach to Development Economics: Islamic Finance in an African Context. Surrey: Gower Publishing Limited. 254 pp.
  88. Pavlakis, Dean. 2015. British Humanitarianism and the Congo Reform Movement, 1896-1913. Farnham and Burlington, VT; Ashgate Publshers. 308 pp.
  89. Perkins, Kenneth. 2014. A History of Modern Tunisia; Second Edition. New York: Cambridge University Press. 322 pp.
  90. Praeg, Leonhard and Siphokazi Magadla, eds. 2014. Ubuntu: Curating the Archive. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press. 231 pp.
  91. Prunier, Gerard and Eloi Ficquet, eds. 2015. Understanding Contemporary Ethiopia: Monarchy, Revolution and the Legacy of Meles Zenawi. London: Hurst and Co. Ltd. 521 pp.
  92. Rabaka, Reiland.  2015. The Negritude Movement: W.E.B. Du Bois, Leon Damas, Aime Cesaire, Leopold Senghor, Frantz Fanon, and the Evolution of an Insurgent Idea. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 533 pp.
  93. Robbe, Ksenia. 2015. Conservation of Motherhood: South African Women’s Writing Across Traditions. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press. 317 pp.
  94. Sehlodimela, Tshegofatso, ed. 2013 and 2014. The Road to Democracy in South Africa. Vol. 5, Parts 1 and 2. Pretoria: UNISA Press. 1071 pp.
  95. Sehlodimela, Tshegofatso, ed. 2013. The Road to Democracy in South Africa. Vol. 6, Parts 1 and 2. Pretoria: UNISA Press. 1572 pp.
  96. Shillington, Kevin. 2014. Albert Rene: The Father of Modern Seychelles, A Biography. Crawley, Western Australia: UWA Publishing.  320 pp.
  97. Shutt, Allison K. 2015 Manners Make a Nation: Racial Etiquette in Southern Rhodesia, 1910-1963. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press. 245 pp.
  98. Sims, David. 2014. Egypt’s Desert Dreams: Development or Disaster? Cairo and New York: The American University in Cairo Press. 401 pp.
  99. Skinner, Kate. 2015. The Fruits of Freedom in British Togoland: Literacy, Politics and Nationalism, 1914-2014. New York: Cambridge University Press. 298 pp.
  100. Skinner, Ryan Thomas. 2015. Bamako Sounds: The Afropolitan Ethics of Malian Music. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press. 233 pp.
  101. Smillie, Ian. 2014. Diamonds. Cambridge: Polity Press. 188 pp.
  102. Smith, Ivan. 2014. Bush Pig District Cop: Service with the British South Africa Police in the Rhodesian Conflict, 1965-77. Warwickshire: Helion and Co. Limited: Solihull and GG Books UK.  204 pp.
  103. Snedegar, Keith. 2015. Mission, Science and Race in South Africa: A. W. Roberts of Lovedale, 1883-1938. Lanham and London: Lexington Books. 189 pp.
  104. Stiegler, Bernard. 2014. The Lost Spirit of Capitalism: Disbelief and Discredit. Volume 3. Cambridge: Polity Press. 116 pp.
  105. Stratton, Jon. 2014. When Music Migrates: Crossing British and European Racial Faultlines, 1945-2010. Farnham, Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT: : Ashgate Publishing. 221 pp.
  106. Stroller, Paul. 2014. Yaya’s Story: The Quest for Well-Being in the World. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 157 pp.
  107. Tabensky, Pedro and Sally Matthews (eds.). 2015. Being at Home: Race, Institutional Culture and Trnsformation at South African Higher Education Institutions. Scottsville: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press. 322 pp.
  108. Takada, Akira. Narratives on San Ethnicity: The Cultural and Ecological Foundations of Lifeworld among the !Xun of North-Central Namibia. Melbourne: Trans-Pacific Press. 216 pp.
  109. Tsika, Noah A. 2015. Nollywood Stars: Media and Migration in West Africa and the Diaspora. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. 348 pp.
  110. Urban-Mead, Wendy. 2015. The Gender of Piety: Family, Faith and Colonial Rule in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe. Athens: Ohio University Press. 324 pp.
  111. Vahed, Goolam and Thembisa Waetjen. 2015. Schooling Muslims in Natal: Identity, State and the Orient Islamic Educational Institute. Pietermaritzburg: KwaZulu-Natal Press. 457 pp.
  112. Venkatachalam, Meera. 2015. Slavery, Memory and Religion in Ghana, c. 1850-Present. New York, NY: International African Institute and Cambridge University Press. 247 pp.
  113. Verhoeven, Harry. 2015. Water, Civilization and Power in Sudan: The Political Economy of Military-Islamist State Building. New York: Cambridge University Press. 314 pp.
  114. Vigneswaran, Darshan and Joel Quirk, eds. 2015. Mobility Makes States: Migration and Power in Africa. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 303 pp.
  115. Villa-Vicencio, Charles, Erik Doxtader and Ebrahim Moosa, eds. 2015. The African Renaissance and the Afro-Arab Spring: Seasons of Rebirth? Washington DC: Georgetown University Press. 225 pp.
  116. Whittaker, Hannah. 2015. Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Kenya: A Social History of the Shifta Conflict, c.1963-1968. Leiden: Brill. 180 pp.
  117. Whyte, Susan Reynolds, ed. 2014. Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda. Durham and London: Duke University Press. 308 pp.
  118. Williams, Elizabeth M. 2015. The Politics of Race in Britain and South Africa: Black British Solidarity and the Anti-Apartheid Struggle. London and New York: I.B Tauris. 316 pp.