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 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
History made human: Confronting the unpalatable past through biographical writing in post- apartheid South Africa
vol. 47 (2): 115-131
The following piece is based on an interview, conducted by Arianna Lissoni, with author Sylvia Neame on the occasion of the launch of her book, The Congress Movement: The Unfolding of the Congress Alliance, 1912–1961, vols 1-3 (Cape Town, HSRC Press, 2015
vol. 47 (2): 132-152
Developing Africa: Concepts and practices in twentieth-century colonialism
vol. 47 (2): 153-155
The hidden thread: Russia and South Africa in the Soviet era
vol. 47 (2): 156-160
Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto: A history of medical care 1941-1990
vol. 47 (2): 161-164
South Africa: Inventing the nation
vol. 47 (2): 165-167
Remaking the ANC: Party change in South Africa and the Global South
vol. 47 (2): 168-170
The South Africa Reader: History, culture, politics
vol. 47 (2): 171-172
Winelands, wealth and work: Transformations in the Dwars River Valley, Stellenbosch
vol. 47 (2): 173-175
Armed and dangerous: From undercover struggle to freedom
vol. 47 (2): 176-179
A long way home: Migrant worker worlds, 1800-2014
vol. 47 (2): 180-182

Volume 47 (1)

A Respectable Age
vol. 47 (1): 1-15
‘A Bad Lot’: Local Politics and the Survey of Oxkraal and Kamastone, 1853-1923
vol. 47 (1): 16-47
Re-thinking agricultural development in South Africa: Black commercial farmers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
vol. 47 (1): 48-75
Establishing insurance markets in settler economies. a comparison of Australian and South Africa insurance markets, 1820-1910
vol. 47 (1): 76-105
Theophilus Shepstone and the Forging of Natal: African Autonomy and Settler Colonialism in the Making of Traditional Authority
vol. 47 (1): 106-109