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 50 (1-2)

Worlds at War: The Local and the Global in New Histories of the South African War
vol. 50 (1-2): 130-150
Retelling “the Same Old Stories in Books with Brand-New Covers”: Three More Biographical Studies on Jan Smuts
vol. 50 (1-2): 151-158
Imagining, Building and Living Nkrumaism
vol. 50 (1-2): 159-174
Hidden Histories of Gordonia: Land Dispossession and Resistance in the Northern Cape, 1800–1990, by Martin Legassick
vol. 50 (1-2): 175-177
Inhuman Traffick: The International Struggle against the Transatlantic Slave Trade; A Graphic History, by Rafe Blaufarb and Liz Clarke
vol. 50 (1-2): 178-180
The Historical Roots of Terrorism in West Africa
vol. 50 (1-2): 181-185
Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine, by Catherine Besteman
vol. 50 (1-2): 186-188
Somali Oral Poetry and the Failed She-Camel Nation State: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Deelley Poetry Debate (1979–1980), by Ali Mumin Ahad
vol. 50 (1-2): 189-191
The Second Colonial Occupation: Development Planning, Agriculture, and the Legacies of British Rule in Nigeria, by Bekeh Utietiang Ukelina
vol. 50 (1-2): 192-195
Birders of Africa: History of A Network, by Nancy J. Jacobs
vol. 50 (1-2): 196-198

Volume 49 (2)

Coloured Cabinets: A Reflection on Material Culture as a Marker of Coloured Identity in Cloetesville, South Africa
vol. 49 (2): 1-21
Legacy Underplayed or Ignored? Tsietsi Mashinini: The Forgotten Warrior of South Africa's Liberation Struggle
vol. 49 (2): 22-47
Thabo Mbeki: Understanding a Philosopher of Liberation
vol. 49 (2): 48-71
“Comrade Mzala”: Memory Construction and Legacy Preservation
vol. 49 (2): 72-101
The Mothers of South African Anthropology
vol. 49 (2): 102-109
As the Crow Flies: My Bushman Experience with 31 Battalion
vol. 49 (2): 110-111
Imperiale Somer: Suid-Afrika tussen Oorlog en Unie, 1902–1910
vol. 49 (2): 112-114
Understanding Zimbabwe: From Liberation to Authoritarianism
vol. 49 (2): 115-118
Making Sense of Somali History: Volume One
vol. 49 (2): 119-122

Volume 49 (1)

Europe’s First Settler Colonial Incursion into Africa: The Genocide of aboriginal Canary Islanders
vol. 49 (1): 1-26