African Historical Review

The African Historical Review is the successor to Kleio: A Journal of Historical Studies from Africa, which was published by the Department of History at the University of South Africa (Unisa) for more than thirty-five years. It therefore has a long and distinguished history. Originally conceived as a research and teaching forum for histories taught in the Department and to promote the work of students and staff, the journal has more recently been transformed into a publication in which high quality articles on a wide variety of historical subjects have appeared. The outstanding level of professional research and writing displayed in the journal has been recognised internationally, and from 2004 it became an accredited academic journal in South Africa, earning subsidy from the Department of Education. It is being relaunched as the African Historical Review in order to attract both a broader readership and contributor base and to showcase scholarship beyond southern Africa thus emphasising its intention to articulate southern African studies with continental African scholarship.

The African Historical Review is distinguished from other southern African historical journals in being independent of any professional society or association, thus encouraging a wider range of content and diversity of opinion, topic and authorship. Its mission, as befits its base in Africa and its new name, is to be transdisciplinary, responsive to theoretical developments in research relating to the the continent of Africa and within fields closely linked to historical and heritage studies (including teaching) more generally. We welcome contributions from both established and younger scholars on themes from or in Africa, and would like to encourage innovative writing and research on a variety of topics and with an array of theoretical frameworks.


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Latest articles

Volume 46 (2)

The Independence of Rhodesia in Salazar's Strategy for Southern Africa
vol. 46 (2): 1-24
‘The Rebellion From Below’ and the Origins of Early Zionist Christianity
vol. 46 (2): 25-47
The Stag of the Eastern Cape: Power, Status and Kudu Hunting in the Albany and Fort Beaufort Districts, 1890 to 1905
vol. 46 (2): 48-76
The 2012 acid mine drainage (AMD) crisis in Carolina's municipal water supply
vol. 46 (2): 77-107
Medicine and Colonialism: Historical Perspectives in India and South Africa
vol. 46 (2): 108-111
Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976–1991
vol. 46 (2): 112-115
The Lusaka Years: The ANC in Exile in Zambia, 1963–1994
vol. 46 (2): 116-118
Sure Road? Nationalisms in Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique
vol. 46 (2): 119-122
Liberation Movements in Power: Party and State in Southern Africa
vol. 46 (2): 123-125
Nationalism and National Projects in Southern Africa: New Critical Reflections
vol. 46 (2): 126-129
South Africa's Struggle for Human Rights: A Jacana Pocket History
vol. 46 (2): 130-132
Lover of his People. A biography of Sol Plaatje
vol. 46 (2): 133-135
Govan Mbeki: A Jacana Pocket Biography
vol. 46 (2): 136-140
At War in Distant Waters: British Colonial Defense in the Great War
vol. 46 (2): 141-143
The SADF in the Border War 1966–1989
vol. 46 (2): 144-146
The Cambridge History of South African Literature
vol. 46 (2): 147-150
African Network of Environmental Humanities: First Bold Steps!
vol. 46 (2): 151-152

Volume 46 (1)

Nigerian Oil Palm Industry, 1920–1950: A Study in Imperialism
vol. 46 (1): 1-21
A case of ‘strategic ethnicity’? The Natal Indian Congress in the 1970s
vol. 46 (1): 22-47
‘No Prime Minister Could Want a Better Leader of the Opposition’: Sir De Villiers Graaff, the United Party and the Apartheid State, 1956–1977
vol. 46 (1): 48-69