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In this sprawling inquiry into why several dozen low-income countries, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, collapsed and why some of them subsequently recovered, Mills finds more answers in domestic politics than in international factors.
This concise history of the African diamond trade evinces a more nuanced understanding of its impact on the continent than the familiar trope of "blood diamonds" suggests.
This sharp investigation into the factors that shape South Africa’s foreign policy is well worth reading for anyone interested in the country’s politics.
This collection of essays observes that African bureaucracies are often staffed by professionals who demonstrate remarkable ingenuity while serving the public in less-than-ideal circumstances.
Raeymaekers examines new kinds of social organizations that have replaced the moribund state structures in eastern Congo's chaotic environment—and finds that they often stand in the way of peace and stability.
This collection of essays focuses on the interaction of diaspora groups and the countries of the Horn of Africa.
Heilbrunn’s well-informed book disputes the conventional wisdom that oil wealth represents a “resource curse” for countries in Africa.
Hartley, a prominent South African political journalist, skillfully tells the story of emerging dissatisfaction with Nelson Mandela's party.
Why is sub-Saharan Africa the poorest region of the world? In this collection, a group of eminent economic historians investigates the most plausible answers to that question.
Boraine, an influential white antiapartheid activist, has written a scathing critique of the African National Congress, the black-dominated party that has ruled South Africa for the past two decades.
Copnall shows that the cultural, political, and economic links between Sudan and South Sudan remain dense and complicated and argues that the two sides need to forge a productive relationship if either is to thrive.
The heroes of Tanzania’s development in the 1980s and 1990s are the international donors who imposed reforms on the country’s socialist government after President Julius Nyerere’s policies had ruined the economy.
In recent decades, few places have been as mired in violence as the Horn of Africa, which is home to more than 200 million people. This book provides a good introduction to the structural and historical causes of the conflicts.
Four out of five African countries officially encourage education in multiple local languages, a result of an odd alliance that formed in the 1990s among elites in African countries, donor states, and international nongovernmental organizations.
Since its independence in 1961, Tanzania has combined political stability with economic stagnation. These two books analyze the seeming contradiction.
Through extensive interviews with poor peasants in the southern Rwandan countryside, Thomson shows how Paul Kagame’s version of national reconciliation is designed to ensure Kagame’s hold on power.
In her ambitious new book, Boone argues that struggles over land are now the defining characteristic of African politics and have an impact on all other political institutions and every interaction between citizens and states.
Over one million Chinese citizens have moved to Africa in the last two decades, where they have established a wide array of businesses. In this account, French reveals that many left China because they found life in Africa more attractive and do not intend to return home.
In her sunny tour of contemporary sub-Saharan Africa, Olopade does not deny the existence of the region’s ills so much as selectively focus on the positive contributions of individuals and grass-roots civic organizations.
Cooper uses his considerable knowledge of the historical record to comment on the role of institutions in economic development and the extent to which Africa’s progress has been impeded by its international relations.
Many hoped that a vibrant and well-educated expatriate population would return to Eritrea and spearhead its development. Instead, the country has remained one of the poorest in the world.
Riedl argues that the main factor in determining the strength of parties in any given African country is the extent to which the authoritarian regime that dominated politics prior to a democratic transition was able to influence the terms of democratization.
Sub-Saharan Africa boasts the fastest-growing urban population of any region in the world. Indeed, the authors of this collection estimate that if the region maintains its present rate of growth, a majority of Africans will live in cities by 2030.
A major critical and popular success in Belgium, this sweeping history of Congo begins during the precolonial era and brings readers all the way up to the current era of warlords and civil war.
Both of these books refute simplistic conventional portraits of the relationship between Africa and the rest of the word, which tend to suggest that the region was exposed to outside influences only as a result of European colonialism.
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