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 45 (2)

Moritz Bonn, Southern Africa and the Critique of Colonialism
vol. 45 (2): 1-30
Between the Book and the Lamp – Interiors of Bureaucracy and the Materiality of Colonial Power
vol. 45 (2): 31-51
’African Churches Willing to Pay Their Own Bills’: The Role of Money in the Formation of Ethiopian-type Churches with Particular Reference to the Mzimba Secession
vol. 45 (2): 52-79
The Poliomyelitis Epidemic in Johannesburg in 1918: Medical and Public Responses
vol. 45 (2): 80-112
Debating Some Past and Present Research Frameworks and Methodologies in History on Places and their Peoples in South Africa
vol. 45 (2): 113-141
The Founders: The Origins of the ANC and the Struggle for Democracy in South Africa
vol. 45 (2): 142-144
Metal that will not Bend: National Union of Metal Workers in South Africa, 1980–1995
vol. 45 (2): 145-146
Southern African Liberation Struggles: New Local, Regional and Global Perspectives
vol. 45 (2): 147-148
From Protest to Challenge: A Documentary History of African Politics in South Africa, 1882–1990. Volume 6: Challenge and Victory, 1980–1990
vol. 45 (2): 149-151
Luka Jantjie: Resistance Hero of the South African Frontier
vol. 45 (2): 152-157
Imagining the Cape Colony: History, Literature, and the South African Nation
vol. 45 (2): 158-161
One Law, One Nation – The Making of the South African Constitution
vol. 45 (2): 162-164
Plague, Pox and Pandemics: A Jacana Pocket History of Epidemics in South Africa
vol. 45 (2): 165-166
Portugal's War in Angola, 1961–1974
vol. 45 (2): 167-169
Invisible Agents: Spirits in a Central African History
vol. 45 (2): 170-172
War of Words, War of Stones: Racial Thought and Violence in Colonial Zanzibar
vol. 45 (2): 173-175
The Life and Times of Ngamiland: The Story of Maun
vol. 45 (2): 176-178
Here & Boere: Die Kolonie aan die Kaap onder die Van der Stels, 1679 – 1712
vol. 45 (2): 179-181
Die Rebellie, 1914-1915
vol. 45 (2): 182-184

Volume 45 (1)

Amy Biehl and the ANC: A Scholar-Activist in South Africa, 1992—93
vol. 45 (1): 1-21