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Slavery and Slaving in African History (New Approaches to African History): Sean Stilwell

This book is a comprehensive history of slavery in Africa from the earliest times to the end of the twentieth century, when slavery in most parts of the continent ceased to exist. It connects the emergence and consolidation of slavery to specific historical forces both internal and external to the African continent. Sean Stilwell pays special attention to the development of settled agriculture, the invention of kinship, “big men” and centralized states, the role of African economic production and exchange, the interaction of local structures of dependence with the external slave trades (transatlantic, trans-Saharan, Indian Ocean), and the impact of colonialism on slavery in the twentieth century. He also provides an introduction to the central debates that have shaped current understanding of slavery in Africa. The book examines different forms of slavery that developed over time in Africa and introduces readers to the lives, work, and struggles of slaves themselves.


“Sean Stilwell presents us with a powerful entry into the rich debate on the nature and history of slavery and slaving in Africa. His book represents both a valuable point of entry for any scholar moving into this field and a superb synthesis of recent research across the continent for those of us trying to keep up. Stilwell also manages to stake out positions in key debates that respond to recent scholarship, like that from Joe Miller, while inviting new avenues of deliberation. This volume thus serves as a monograph, a historiography, and an excellent teaching text all in one book.”
Trevor R. Getz, Professor of History, San Francisco State University

“A refreshing reexamination of the place of slavery in the history of Africa, Slavery and Slaving in African History surveys the role of slaves in the economies and societies of Africa throughout history, thereby establishing context for an understanding of the deportation of slaves across the Atlantic, the Sahara, and the Indian Ocean and of the use of slaves in Africa itself.”
Paul E. Lovejoy, FRSC Distinguished Research Professor, Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History, York University

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press (June 2, 2014)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0521171881
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0521171885
  • Item Weight : 11.6 ounces

The Diary of American Exceptionalism: Alan Sewell

“If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do, and how to do it.”
So said Abraham Lincoln as he contemplated the great issues of containing slavery and preserving the Union. This book is written to show where we are, and whither we may be tending, by explaining our current political controversies in context of where we have been at similar crisis points in the past.
It is written as a distilled essence of American history, explained in the words of the people who made it. It focuses narrowly but intensively on six periods of quantum change that moved us into new political and economic directions. I want readers to understand the meaning of our history without bogging down in the trivia of it. Since it appears that we may be at another turning point in our history, it may provide insights into our future direction.
Americans who made us such an exceptional nation expressed their doubts about our future candidly. But they maintained their faith in our exceptional destiny during our bleakest hours, and theirs.
Here, in their words, is the DIARY OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM.

  • Publisher : Alan Sewell (January 3, 2019)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 344 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0997226897
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0997226898
  • Item Weight : 12 ounces
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.86 x 9 inches

The Global Coffee Economy in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, 1500-1989 : William Gervase Clarence-Smith, Steven Topik

Emphasizing the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this volume brings together scholars from nine countries who study coffee markets and societies over the last five centuries in fourteen countries, on four continents, and across the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The chapters analyze the creation and function of commodity, labor, and financial markets; the role of race, ethnicity, gender, and class in the formation of coffee societies; the interaction between technology and ecology; and the impact of colonial powers, nationalist regimes, and the forces of the world economy in the forging of economic development and political democracy.


“…an important overview of the social and political history of one global commodity.” -International Journal of African Historical Studies

“The editors of this excellent collection bring together contributions from different groups of scholars in such a way that the groups speak meaningfully to each other and offer a clear basis for making general inferences, both about coffee as a commodity and about the global economy.” -The Journal of Interdisciplinary History

“This is a rich volume that cannot be ignored by anyone interested in exploring the historical significance of coffee and how this one commodity influenced the lives of people from as far afield as Sao Paulo and Rwanda.” -Alberto E. Nickerson, World History Bulletin.

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press; Illustrated edition (February 13, 2006)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 508 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0521521726
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0521521727
  • Item Weight : 1.66 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6 x 1.27 x 9 inches

The Paradox of Economic Growth without Development in Nigeria by Lawrence Edet


This academic piece is a humble and diligent contributions aimed at assessing the level of economic development in Nigeria, compared to its rapid and appreciable economic growth. Nigeria is undoubtedly, the Africa’s largest economy and one of the fastest growing economies in the world. But the level of rise in the discomfort variables and other misery indices calls to question the much appreciable growth in the economy without development.

The work is arranged in 4(four) chapters. Chapter one introduces the work, summarize the statement of the study problem, study objectives, study research questions and study methodology. Chapter two deals with conceptual review of related variables and examination of the paradox of economic growth without development in Nigeria. Chapter three further handles the reasons for the paradox of Nigeria’s economic growth and chapter four is dedicated to the way forward with summarized recommendations and conclusion. We therefore believe strongly that this humble contributions to academic literature will be greatly appreciated by students, policy makers and the reading public. I have to end by saying that “Nigeria is too rich to be poor”.

Bibliographic Details

Title: The Paradox of Economic Growth without …

Publisher: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: PAP

Book Condition: New

Can Africa Survive?: Arguments Against Growth Without Development by Basil Davidson

Title: Can Africa Survive? : Arguments Against …

Publisher: Little Brown & Co

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1st.


Discusses the political and economic systems presently inhibiting African development and predicts a revolution that will free the continent of European economic domination. Bibliogs

Walter Rodney Seminar Series- Boston University, African Studies Center

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