New Arrivals 18th to 24th of July 2019

ISIZULU HANDBOOK AND STUDY GUIDE, a comprehensive isiZulu reference book
168pp., 4to., paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (2018) 2019. R315
Covers the fundamentals of isiZulu and complements the material in any class text used in senior primary or high school. Aligned with the CAPS curriculum up to grade 9. Also suitable for anyone wanting to learn isiZulu.
Bancroft (J.) ZULU WAR VCs, Victoria Crosses of the Anglo-Zulu War 1879
184pp., illus., hardback, d.w., Barnsley, 2018. R
Information on the 23 men who received Victoria Crosses for gallantry during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. Eleven of these were gained for the defense of Rorke's Drift.

James Bancroft is the author of Rorke's Drift: the Zulu War, 1979.
Binckes (R.) ZULU TERROR, the Mfecane holocaust, 1815-1840
128pp., illus., maps, pasperback, Barnsley, 2019. R275
A history of the Mfecane (isiZulu), also known by the Sesotho name Difaqane or Lifaqane, a period of internecine warfare and forced migrations that changed the demographic, social, and political configuration of southern Africa. The Mfecane occurred during the reign of the Zulu king Shaka and the rebel chief Mzilikazi, founder of the Matabele nation.

Robin Binckes is the author of The Great Trek - escape from British rule: the Boer exodus from the Cape Colony, 1836. He lives in Johannesburg and works as a tour guide with his company, Spear of the Nation.
Byfield (J.) et al (eds.) AFRICA AND WORLD WAR II,
540pp., paperback, New York, 2015. R485
"Lest we forget, this book reminds us of the vital role that African men and women and African resources played in winning a supposedly good war. Often seen simply as forerunner to decolonization, the Second World War had its own African history. It conscripted sweated African labor, female and male; it recruited African masculinity into a racial equality of sacrifice while denying it equality of esteem; it opened African eyes to the possibilities of a different world. This comprehensive collection portrays a war fought not only on many frontlines but also, and with more lasting significance, in households and communities far behind them." John Lonsdale, Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge

"For Africans, World War II began in 1935 with Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia, and it lasted well beyond 1945, as Africans demanded that their contributions and sacrifices for the Allied war effort be recognized. Africa and World War II brings together well-researched and compelling accounts by accomplished scholars, exploring not only the importance of Africans’ roles as soldiers and producers, but the war’s effects on class, race, and gender relations. This collection makes clear the importance of the war in provoking a crisis in colonial empires and transforming the nature of political mobilization across the African continent." Frederick Cooper, author of Citizenship between Empire and Nation: Remaking France and French Africa, 1945–1960

Contributions include:
"The Military, Race, and Resistance: the conundrum of recruiting black South African men during the Second World War" by Louis Grundlingh
"The Portuguese African Colonies During the Second World War" by Malyn Newitt
"'A White Man's War': settler masculinity in the Union Defense Force, 1939-1945" by Suryakanthie Chetty.

Judith Byfield is Associate Professor of History at Cornell University.
Carolyn Brown is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University.
Timothy Parsons is Professor of African History in the History Department and in the African and African American Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis.
Ahmad Alawad Sikainga is Professor of History at Ohio State University.
Comaroff (J.) & (J.) eds. THE POLITICS OF CUSTOM, chiefship, capital, and the state in contemporary Africa
361pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2018. R380
First published in the USA in 2018.

A collection of essays that discuss the resurgence of customary chiefs in contemporary Africa.

“These essays surprise at every turn through their insistence that African chiefs do not merely survive today but are also thoroughly modern and global—savvy operators who strike deals with NGOs and capitalist corporations, entrepreneurs who raise money overseas, and rural sovereigns who marshal votes for national elections. Framed by a magisterial introduction by John L. and Jean Comaroff, the book provides a capacious view of a roiling political field in which neoliberal governance is enabling twenty-first-century African chiefs to usurp the role of the state that once brought them into being.” Charles Piot, Duke University

“These compelling and wide-ranging studies explore the staying power and apparently counter-intuitive resurgence of chiefship in Africa. Chiefs are multitaskers — and some are even criminals — but thousands of people hold them in high esteem. Through their popular appeal, they can make useful partners to global mining or telecommunications corporations: reciprocally, such partnerships can in turn help boost that popularity. Chiefs have clout because their role draws on sources of sovereignty that go beyond the conventional realm of politics to encompass kinship networks, ritual, business, and the global economy. This book shines new light on the interplay of tradition and modernity, showing that chiefship is neither wholly of the state nor of the customary, but always entangled with both.” Deborah James, London School of Economics

Contributions include:
"Chieftaincy, Land and the State in Ghana and South Africa" by Sara Berry
"The Salience of Chiefs in Postapartheid South Africa: reflections on the Nhlapo Commission" by Mbongiseni Buthelezi and Dineo Skosana
"The Politics of States and Chiefs in Zimbabwe" by Jocelyn Alexander
"Corporate Kings and South Africa's Traditional-Industrial Complex" by Susan Cook
"Third Contact: invisibility and recognition of the customary in northern Mozambique" by Juan Obarrio.

John L. Comaroff is the Hugh K. Foster Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology and an Oppenheimer Fellow in African Studies at Harvard University. He is also an Affiliated Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation.
Jean Comaroff is the Alfred North Whitehead Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology and an Oppenheimer Fellow in African Studies at Harvard University.
Desai (G.) & Masquelier (A.) eds. CRITICAL TERMS FOR THE STUDY OF AFRICA,
410pp., paperback, Chicago & London, 2018. R730
25 essays examining concepts such as belonging, bondage, colonialism, governance, labour, liberation, modernity, narrative, value, violence and witchcraft.

“Critical Terms for the Study of Africa is an essential introduction to the fields of teaching and learning Africa. This book engages students more critically in the failures, limits, and values of a succession of ‘critical terms’, to help them understand the ways in which concepts can privilege certain ways of knowing, and to give them some particularly valuable concepts that might lead to growth in their knowledge and sophistication in the study of Africa.” David William Cohen, emeritus, University of Michigan

“Critical Terms for the Study of Africa will serve as a sourcebook for connecting contemporary African Studies not only to the classical canon but also to the specific regional, global, and colonial history that forged the concept of Africa. This book will serve both as a crucial teaching tool in undergraduate and graduate classes and as required reading for Africanist scholars. The essays it contains deftly master a readable tone that makes a complex history and set of theoretical ideas accessible without dumbing down the material or making it redundant to those who are already well versed in the field. Perhaps most remarkable is that despite the great diversity of authors, perspectives, and disciplines present in this book, there remains an underlying unity of vision connecting the threads—a vision with the capacity to breathe new life into the domain of Africanist scholarship.” Sasha Newell, Université libre de Bruxelles

Gaurav Desai is Professor of English at the University of Michigan.
Adeline Masquelier is Professor of anthropology at Tulane University.
Emerson (S.) MOZAMBICAN CIVIL WAR, Marxist-apartheid proxy, 1977-1992
127pp., illus., maps, paperback, Barnsley, 2019. R490
Discusses the extent to which both government and rebel forces in Mozambique found themselves beholden to external interests - American, Soviet, Cuban, South African or Rhodesian - during the Cold War.

Stephen Emerson was Associate Professor of National Security Decision-making at the U.S. Naval College in Newport, Rhode Island, and Security Studies Chair at The National Defense University's Africa Center for Strategic Studies. He is the author of The Battle for Mozambique and lives in Orlando, Florida.
Jacobs (S.) MEDIA IN POSTAPARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA, postcolonial politics in the age of globalization
190pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2019. R320
First published in the USA in 2019.

“Sean Jacobs take a unique approach to tell a comprehensive story of postapartheid South Africa and African society. Media consolidates and enacts the victory of a particular image of what South Africa ought to be. This is an incredibly powerful story, which is much bigger than media, but to which media gives us access.” Herman Wasserman, author of Tabloid Journalism in South Africa

“Sean Jacobs proposes a new agenda for the study of culture in contemporary South Africa by focusing on media infrastructures that condition, select, and edit the sorts of information that are available. Jacobs's work will be read for its revelations about the nature of citizenship and public engagement in our media saturated age.” Daniel Magaziner, author of The Law and the Prophets: Black Consciousness in South Africa, 1968–1977

Sean Jacobs is Associate Professor of International Affairs at The New School in New York City. He is founder and editor of Africa is a Country.
Lenggenhager (L.) RULING NATURE, CONTROLLING PEOPLE, nature conservation, development and war in north-eastern Namibia since the 1920s
266pp., maps, paperback, Basel Namibia Studies Series 19, Basel, 2018. R250
Foreword by Maano Ramutsindela.

Demonstrates that nature conservation initiatives such as communal conservancies and peace parks, increasingly marked by militarisation and violence, characterised South African rule over the Caprivi Strip region of north-eastern Namibia, especially in the fields of forestry, fisheries and wildlife conservation. In the process the war in the region, from the 1960s until Namibian independence, became interlinked with nature conservation, ecology and economic development projects.

Luregn Lenggenhager works as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for African Studies Basel and as a lecturer at the History Department, University of Zurich.
Lurie (S.) A TASTE OF SOUTH AFRICA, with the Kosher butcher's wife
224pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R290
A collection of traditional South African dishes with a Jewish culinary twist by Sharon Lurie, author of Cooking with the Kosher Butcher's Wife and Celebrating with the Kosher Butcher's Wife.
Slate (N.) GANDHI'S SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT DIET, eating with the world in mind
237pp., illus., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2019. R350
First published in the USA in 2019.

"Mahatma Gandhi redefined nutrition as a holistic approach to building a more just world. What he chose to eat was intimately tied to his beliefs. His key values of nonviolence, religious tolerance, and rural sustainability developed in coordination with his dietary experiments. His repudiation of sugar, chocolate, and salt expressed his opposition to economies based on slavery, indentured labor, and imperialism... What became the pillars of Gandhi's diet - vegetarianism, limiting salt and sweets, avoiding processed food, and fasting - anticipated many of the debates in twenty-first-century food studies, and presaged the necessity of building healthier and more equitable food systems." from the back cover

"A wonderful book that focuses on the issue of Gandhi's obsessive preoccupation with diet reform and food in general, pointing out how intricately meshed were the Mahatma's ideas and practices concerning eating, morality, ethics, and political activism." Joseph Alter, author of Gandhi's Body: Sex, Diet, and the Politics of Nationalism

Nico Slate is professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University.

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