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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 and Burlington: Ashgate. 349 pp.
  2. Adebanwi, Wale. 2014. Yoruba Elites and Ethnic Politics in NIgeria: Obafemi Awolowo and Corporate Agency. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 295 pp.
  3. Adegbindin, Omotade. 2014. Ifa in Yoruba: Thought Systems. Durham: Carolina Academic Press. 242pp.
  4. Adeduntan, Ayo.  2014. What the Forest Told Me: Yoruba Hunter, Culture and Narrative Performance. Pretoria: Unisa, University of South Africa Press.  138 pp.
  5. Adogame, Afe (ed). 2014. The Public Face of African New Religious Movements in Diaspora: Imagining the Religious ‘Other’. SurreyAshgate Publishing Limited. 289 pp.
  6. Al-Hadad, Naeima Faraj A.A. 2015. Working Women and their Rights in the Workplace: International Human Rights and Its Impact on Libyan Law. Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate. 248 pp.
  7. Alkebuan, Paul. 2014. The African American Press in World War II: Toward Victory at Home and Abroad. London: Lexington Books. 165pp.
  8. Anderson, Carol. 2015. Bourgois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960. New York: Cambridge University Press. 372 pp.
  9. Armistead, Jack M.  2014. Otherworldly John Dryden: Occult Rhetoric in His Poems and Plays. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited. 187pp.
  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. 247pp.
  11. Benton, Adia. 2015. HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra Leone. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press. 176 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. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited. 279pp.
  14. Blanes, Ruy Llera. 2014. A Prophetic Trajectory: Ideologies of Place, Time and Belonging in an Angolan Religious Movement. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books. 234pp.
  15. Bjerk, Paul. 2015. Building a Peaceful Nation: Julius Nyerere and the Establishment of Sovereignty in Tanzania, 1960-1964. University of Rochester Press: New York. 374 pp.
  16. Camara, Mohamed Saliou, Thomas O’Toole and Janice E. Baker, eds. 2014. Historical Dictionary of Guinea. Fifth Edition. Lanham: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 390pp.
  17. Campbell, Gwyn and Elizabeth Elbourne, eds. 2014. Sex, Power and Slavery. Athens: Ohio University Press. 646 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. Cheney-Coker, Syl. 2014. Sacred River. Athens: Ohio University Press. 430pp.
  20. Chimakonam, Jonathan O. (ed). 2015. Atuolu Omalu: Some Unanswered Questions in Contemporary African Philosophy. University Press of America: Lanham. 315 pp.
  21. Clough, Paul. 2014. Morality and Economic Growth in Rural West Africa: Indigenous Accumulation in Hausaland. New York: Berghahn Books. 442pp.
  22. Corder, Hugh, Veronica Federico and Romano Orru, eds. 2014. The Quest for Constitutionalism: South Africa since 1994. Surrey and Burlington: Ashgate
  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. Davie, Grace. 2015. Poverty Knowledge in South Africa: A Social History of Human Science, 1855-2005. New York: Cambridge University Press. 334 pp.
  25. Dipio, Dominica. 2014. Gender Terrains in African Cinema. Pretoria: University of South Africa Press. 227 pp.
  26. Egya, Sule E. 2014. Nation, Power and Dissidence in Third Generation Nigerian Poetry in English. Pretoria: Unisa, University of South Africa Press. 177 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. 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.
  29. Feinberg, Harvey M. 2015. Our Land, Our Life, Our Future: Black South African Challenges to Territorial Segregation, 1913-1948. Pretoria: Unisa Press. 258 pp.
  30. Fields-Black, Edda L. 2015. Deep Roots: Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora.Indiana University Press: Bloomington. 277 pp.
  31. Geissler, P. Wenzel, ed. 2015. Para-States and Medical Science: Making African Global Health. Duke University Press: Durham and London. 369 pp.
  32. Gibbs, Timothy. 2014. Mandela’s Kinsmen: Nationalist Elites & Apartheid’s First Bantustan. Suffolk: James Currey. 208pp.
  33. Good, Kenneth. 2014. Trust in the Capacities of the People, Distrust in Elites. Maryland: Lexington Books. 269 pp.
  34. 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.
  35. Grabska, Katarzyna. 2014. Gender, Home and Identity: Nuer Repatriation to Southern Sudan. Suffolk and New York: James Currey. 223 pp.
  36. 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.
  37. Hale, Thomas A. and Aissata G. Sikikou, eds. 2014. Women’s Songs from West Africa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 341 pp.
  38. Hamilton, Lawrence.  2014.  Freedom is Power: Liberty through Political Representation Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press.  231 pp.
  39. Haugh, Wendi A. 2014. Lyrical Nationalism Post-Apartheid Namibia: Kings, Christians, and Cosmopolitans in Catholic Youth Songs. London: Lexington Books. 283pp.
  40. Heaton, Colin D. and Anne-Marie Lewis. 2014. Four-War Boer: the century and life of Pieter Arnoldus Krueler. Philadelphia: Casemate. 274 pp.
  41. Hilhorst, Ansoms and Thea, eds. 2014. Losing your Land: Dispossession in the Great Lakes. Suffolk, UK and Rochester, NY: James Curry. 218 pp.
  42. Holmes, Georgina. 2014. Women and War in Rwanda: Gender, Media and the Representation of Genocide. New York: I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd. 323pp.
  43. Imafidon, Elvis and John Ayontunde Isola Bewaji, eds. 2014. Ontologized Ethics: New Essays in African Meta-Ethics. Lanham: Lexington Books. 221 pp.
  44. Israel, Paolo. 2014. In Steps with the Times: Mapiko Masquerades of Mozambique. Athens: Ohio University Press. 329 pp.
  45. Iyioha, Irehobhude O. and Remigus N. Nwabueze, eds. 2015. Comparative Health Law and Policy: Critical Perspectives on Nigerian and Global Health Law. Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate. 336 pp.
  46. Janmyr, Maja. 2014. Protecting Civilians in Refugee Camps: Unable and Unwillingness States, UNHHCR and International Responsibility. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. 400 pp.
  47. Jean-Baptiste, Rachel. 2014. Conjugal Rights: Marriage, Sexuality and Urban Life in Colonial Libreville, Gabon. Athens: Ohio University Press. 301 pp.
  48. Janson, Marloes. 2014. Islam, Youth, and Modernity in the Gambia: The Tablighi Jama’at. New York: Cambridge University Press. 303 pp.
  49. Kai, Nubia. 2014. Kuma Malinke Historiography: Sundiata Keita to Almamy Samori Toure. Maryland: Lexington Books. 340 pp.
  50. Karimunda, Aime Muyoboke. 2014. The Death Penalty in Africa: The Path Towards Abolition. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited. 221 pp.
  51. Keim, Curtis. 2014. Mistaking Africa: Curiosities and Inventions of American Mind. Boulder: Westview Press. 234pp.
  52. Kimenyi, Mwangi S. and John Mukum Mbaku. 2015. Governing the Nile Basin: The Search for a New Legal Regime. Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press. 146 pp.
  53. Kirton, John J., Andrew F. Cooper, Franklyn Lisk and Hany Besada, eds. 2014. Moving Health Sovereignty in Africa: Disease, Governance, Climate Change.  Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited.  304 pp.
  54. 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.
  55. Knight, Franklin W. and Ruth Lyod, eds. 2014. Dimensions of Africa and other Diasporas. Kingston, Jamaica: The University of the West Indies Press. 324pp.
  56. 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.
  57. Laplante, Julie. 2015. Healing Roots: Anthropology in Life and Medicine. New York and Oxford: Berghahn. 289 pp.
  58. Lawrence, Benjamin N. 2014. Amistad’s Orphans: An Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery and Smuggling. Yale University Press: New Haven & London. 358 pp.
  59. Lee, Christopher J. 2014. Unreasonable Histories: Nativism, Multiracial Lives and the Genealogical Imagination in British Africa. Duke University Press: Durham and London. 346 pp.
  60. Little, Peter D. 2014. Economic and Political Reform in Africa: Anthropological Perspectives. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. 240pp.
  61. Lorway, Robert. 2015. Namibia’s Rainbow Project: Gay Rights in an African Nation. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. 155pp.
  62. Lowry, James and Wamukoya, Justus, eds. 2014. Integrity in Government through Records Management:Essays in Honour of Anne Thurston. Surrey and Burlington: Ashgate Publishing Company. 254 pp.
  63. Malunga, Chiku.  2014.  Animal Farm Prophesy Fulfilled in Africa: A Call to a Values Systems Revolution.  Lanham: University Press of America, Inc.  135 pp.
  64. Mamukwa, Elizabeth, Ronnie Lessem and Alexander Schieffer (eds). 2014. Integral Green Zimbabwe: An African Phoenix Rising. Gower Publishing Limited: Surrey. 267 pp.
  65. 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.
  66. Matupo, Patience. 2014. Women, Mobility and Rural Livelihoods in Zimbabwe: Experiences of Fast Track Land Reform. Leiden and Boston: Brill Publishers. 257 pp.
  67. Maxon, Robert M. and Thomas P. Ofcansky.  2014.  Historical Dictionary of Kenya. Third Edition.  Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.  551 pp.
  68. 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.
  69. 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.
  70. Munochiveyi, Munyaradzi B. 2014. Prisoners of Rhodesia: Inmates and Detainees in the Struggle for Zimbabwean Liberation, 1960-1980. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 271pp.
  71. Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (ed). 2014. Sects and Social Order: Muslim Identities and Conflict in Northern Nigeria. Suffolk: James Currey. 234 pp.
  72. 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.
  73. Mutopo, Patience. 2014. Women, Mobility and Rural Livelihoods in Zimbabwe: Experiences of Fast Track Land Reform. Brill: Leiden and Boston. 257 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. Nwokeafor, Cosmas Uchenna, ed. 2015. Information, Communication, Technology (ICT) Integration to Educational Curricula: A New Direction for Africa. Lanham and Boulder: University Press of America. 272 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. Okpewho, Isidore. 2014. Blood on the Tides: The Ozidi Saga and Oral Epic Narratology. Rochester: University of Rochester Press. 279pp.
  80. Olsen, Kathryn. 2014. Music and Social Change in South Africa: Maskanda Past and Present. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 222 pp.
  81. Osborne, Myles. 2014. Ethnicity and Empire in Kenya: Loyalty and Martial Race among the Kamba, c. 1800 to the Present.  New York: Cambridge University Press. 276 pp.
  82. Oshodi, Basheer. 2014. An Integral Approach to Development Economics: Islamic Finance in an African Context. Surrey: Gower Publishing Limited. 254pp.
  83. Oyelere Michael A. 2014. The Impact of Political Action on Labour Movement Strength: Trade Union Revitalisation in Africa. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 222pp.
  84. Peterson, Kristin, 2014.  Speculative Markets: Drug Circuits and Derivative Life in Nigeria. Durham and London: Duke University Press.  238 pp
  85. Praeg, Leonhard and Siphokazi Magadla, eds. 2014. Ubuntu: Curating the Archive. South Africa: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press. 231 pp.
  86. Prince, Ruth J. and Rebecca Marsland, eds. 2014. Making and Unmaking Public Health in Africa: Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives. Athens: Ohio University Press. 292pp.
  87. Raeymaekers, Timothy. 2014. Violent Capitalism and Hybrid Identity in the Eastern Congo: Power to the Margins.Cambridge University Press: New York. 191 pp.
  88. Rhine, Katherine, John M. Janzen, Glenn Adams and Heather Aldersey, eds. 2014. Medical Anthropology in Global Africa. Kansas: University of Kansas Publications in Anthropology. 180 pp.
  89. Romero, Patricia W. 2015. African Women: A Historical Panorama. Princeton: Markus Wiener Publishers. 359 pp.
  90. Sackeyfio-Lenoch, Naarborko. 2014. The Politics of Chieftaincy: Authority and Property in Colonial Ghana, 1920-1950. Rochester: University of Rochester Press. 242 pp.
  91. Salgado, Susana. 2014. The Internet and Democracy Building in Lusophone African Countries. Surrey and Burlington: Ashgate Publishing Company. 185 pp.
  92. Saul, John S. and Patrick Bond. 2014. South Africa: the Present as History from Mrs Ples to Mandela & Marikana. Suffolk: James Currey. 302 pp.
  93. Savage, Polly (ed). 2014. Making Art in Africa: 1960-2010. Lund Humphries: Surrey. ​304 pp.
  94. Schneider, Leander. 2014 Government of Development: Peasants and Politicians in Postcolonial Tanzania. Indiana: Indiana University Press. 234 pp.
  95. Scholvin, Soren. 2014. The Geopolitics of Regional Power: Geography, Economics and Politics in Southern Africa. Ashgate: Surrey. 234 pp.
  96. Šehović, Annamarie Bindenagel. 2014. HIV/AIDS and the South African State: Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Respond. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited. 243pp.
  97. Shillington, Kevin. 2014. Albert Rene: The Father of Modern Seychelles, A Biography. Crawley, Western Australia: UWA Publishing.  320 pp.
  98. Smillie, Ian. 2014. Diamonds. Cambridge: Polity Press. 188 pp.
  99. 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.
  100. 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.
  101. Stiegler, Bernard. 2014. The Lost Spirit of Capitalism: Disbelief and Discredit. Volume 3. Cambridge: Polity Press. 116pp.
  102. Stratton, Jon. 2014. When Music Migrates: Crossing British and European Racial Faultlines, 1945-2010. Surrey & Vermont: Ashgate Publishing. 221 pp.
  103. Stroller, Paul. 2014. Yaya’s Story: The Quest for Well-Being in the World. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 157 pp.
  104. Sylla, Ndongo S. 2014. The Fair Trade Scandal: Marketing Poverty to Benefit the Rich. Athens: Ohio University Press. 179pp.
  105. Terretta, Meredith. 2014. Nation of Outlaws, State of Violence: Nationalism, Grasslands Tradition, and State Building in Cameroon. Athens: Ohio University Press. 367pp.
  106. Thomas, Edward. 2015. South Sudan: A Slow Liberation. London: Zed Books. 321 pp.
  107. Tjelle, Kristin Fjelde. 2014. Missionary Masculinity, 1870-1930: The Norwegian Missionaries in South-East Africa. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 325pp.
  108. Udogu, E. Ike, ed. 2015. Imagining the United States of Africa: Discourses on the Way Forward. Lanham and Boulder: Lexington Books. 184 pp.
  109. 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.
  110. 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.
  111. Van Dijk, Rijk, Hansjorg Dilger, Marian Burchardt, Thera Rasing (eds.) 2014. Religion and AIDS Treatment in Africa: Saving Souls, Prolonging Lives. Surrey and Vermont: Ashgate Publishing. 303 pp.
  112. Viljoen, Rica. 2015. Inclusive Organizational Transformation: An African Perspective on Human Niches and Diversity of Thought. Farnham and Burlington: Gower Publishing. 325 pp.
  113. Westoby, Peter. 2014. Theorising the Practice of Community Development: A South African Perspective. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited. 202 pp.
  114. Whyte, Susan Reynolds, ed. 2014. Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda. Durham and London: Duke University Press. 308 pp.
  115. Zeilig, Leo. 2015. Lumumba: Africa’s Lost Leader (Revised and Updated Edition). London: Haus Publishing. 182 pp.