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 48 (1)

The University of South Africa (Unisa) 1918–1948: the first transition, from colonial to segregationist institution
vol. 48 (1): 1-20
‘Oxford in the bush’: the founding (and diminishing) ethos of Rhodes University
vol. 48 (1): 21-35
The origins of university education in KwaZulu-Natal: The Natal University College 1909–19491
vol. 48 (1): 36-55
South African University history: a historiographical overview
vol. 48 (1): 56-82
Leo Fouché and history at Wits University, 1934–1942
vol. 48 (1): 83-99
J.S. Marais, a great South African historian: a personal re-assessment
vol. 48 (1): 100-116
Internationalisation at Stellenbosch University during the international academic boycott of the apartheid era (1948–1994)
vol. 48 (1): 117-144
Whither the free South African university?
vol. 48 (1): 145-154
Eden’s exiles: one soldier’s fight for paradise
vol. 48 (1): 155-157
Iron fist from the sea: South Africa's seaborne raiders, 1978–1988
vol. 48 (1): 158-160
Our land, our life, our future: Black South African challenges to territorial segregation 1913–1948
vol. 48 (1): 161-164
The road to democracy in South Africa, volume 6 [1990–1996], parts 1 and 2
vol. 48 (1): 165-168
Selling apartheid: South Africa‘s global propaganda war
vol. 48 (1): 169-173
Land, chiefs, mining: South Africa's North West Province since 1840
vol. 48 (1): 174-177
The walking Qur'an: islamic education, embodied knowledge, and history in West Africa
vol. 48 (1): 178-181
Die Dorslandtrek, 1874–1881
vol. 48 (1): 182-184

Volume 47 (2)

The impossible concept: Settler liberalism, Pan-Africanism, and the language of non-racialism
vol. 47 (2): 1-36
Mothering the ‘nation’: The public life of isie ‘Ouma’ Smuts, 1899-1945
vol. 47 (2): 37-57
‘We have finished them’: Ritual killing and war-doctoring in Kwazulu-Natal during the 1980s and 1990s
vol. 47 (2): 58-84
The migratory dimension of Scottish Presbyterianism in Southern Africa
vol. 47 (2): 85-114