Archive for the ‘Africa’ Category

Saliha Belmessous, ed., Native Claims: Indigenous Law against Empire (New York and Oxford: OUP, 2011). This groundbreaking collection of essays shows that, from the moment European expansion commenced through to the twentieth century, indigenous peoples from America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand drafted legal strategies to contest dispossession. The story of indigenous resistance to European […]


Edward Cavanagh, The Griqua Past and the Limits of South African History, 1902-1994 (Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 2011). The Griqua people are commonly misunderstood. Today, they do not figure in the South African imagination as other peoples do, nor have they for over a century. This book argues that their comparative invisibility is a […]


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Emma Christopher, A Merciless Place: The Fate of Britain’s Convicts after the American Revolution (OUP, 2011). Since Robert Hughes’ The Fatal Shore, the fate of British convicts has burned brightly in the popular imagination. Incredibly, their larger story is even more dramatic–the saga of forgotten men and women scattered to the farthest corners of the […]


David Anderson, of the Guardian: History teaches us that empire can bring out the worst in people. In Britain we applaud the “civilising mission” of our imperial past, but are less happy to acknowledge the violence and brutality that so often girded our imperial endeavour. It is time we were more honest. […] To the […]


Making Settler Colonial Space: Perspectives on Race, Place and Identity (Palgrave UK, 2010) Edited by Tracey Banivanua Mar and Penelope Edmonds. To be launched by Patrick Wolfe. The new journal, settler colonial studies, introduced by Jane Carey and Lorenzo Veracini. When: Thursday 30th June, 5.00pm for a 5.30pm start Where: Gertrudes Brown Couch, 30 Gertrude […]


Will Jackson, ‘White man’s country: Kenya Colony and the making of a myth’, Journal of Eastern African Studies 5, 2 (2011) This article explains the cultural construction of Kenya Colony. It does so by combining two related histories – those of international tourism and of colonial rule – and two key explanatory themes – those […]


Felix Mukwiza Ndahinda, Indigenousness in Africa: A Contested Legal Framework for Empowerment of ‘Marginalized’ Communities (Springer, 2011). Following the internationalisation of the indigenous rights movement, a growing number of African hunter-gatherers, pastoralists and other communities have adopted indigenousness in claiming special legal protection. Their legal claims as the indigenous peoples of Africa are backed by […]


From Owen Bowcott of the Guardian: Highly embarrassing colonial-era files detailing the British army’s repressive tactics against Mau Mau insurgents in Kenya during the 1950s will be revealed in a landmark compensation case. The discovery of thousands of documents withheld for decades from the Kenyan government will raise awkward questions about the Foreign Office’s attempt […]


Gaetano Pentassuglia, ‘Towards a Jurisprudential Articulation of Indigenous Land Rights’, European Journal of International Law 22, 1 (2011) As expert analysis concentrates on indigenous rights instruments, particularly the long fought for 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a body of jurisprudence over indigenous land and resources parallels specialized standard-setting under general human […]