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 (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
Dams and the Dilemmas of Development
vol. 46 (1): 70-81
Songs and Secrets: South Africa from Liberation to Governance
vol. 46 (1): 82-83
South Africa's Suspended Revolution: Hopes and Prospects
vol. 46 (1): 84-88
Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa
vol. 46 (1): 89-91
Melancholia of Freedom: Social Life in an Indian Township in South Africa
vol. 46 (1): 92-95
A Shared History: The ALP, the ANC and the Australian Anti-Apartheid Movement
vol. 46 (1): 96-97
The Americans Are Coming! Dreams of African American Liberation in Segregationist South Africa
vol. 46 (1): 98-101
Ekurhuleni: The Making of an Urban Region
vol. 46 (1): 102-103
uKhahlamba, Exploring the History of the uKhahlamba Mountains
vol. 46 (1): 104-105
The Equality of Believers: Protestant Missionaries and the Racial Politics of South Africa
vol. 46 (1): 106-108
The Five Swimmers. The Escape of Willie Steyn and His Four Fellow Prisoners-of-war from Ceylon in 1901
vol. 46 (1): 109-111
Cosmopolitan Africa, c. 1700–1875
vol. 46 (1): 112-113
Battleground Africa: Cold War in the Congo, 1960-1965
vol. 46 (1): 114-116
Taifa: Making Nation and Race in Urban Tanzania
vol. 46 (1): 117-119
Trafficking in Slavery's Wake. Law and the Experience of Women and Children in Africa
vol. 46 (1): 120-122
Transformative Political Leadership: Making a Difference in the Developing World
vol. 46 (1): 123-126

Volume 45 (2)

Moritz Bonn, Southern Africa and the Critique of Colonialism
vol. 45 (2): 1-30