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Academic and Research Resources on Africa
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Selected Books from Africana

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History of Africa, Revised 2nd Edition - Kevin Shillington
Call Number: Af/DT20.Sh6
ISBN: 0333599578
Publication Date: 2005-10-14
Now fully revised and updated, this classic text offers an illustrated and critical narrative introduction to the history of Africa from earliest times to the present. Beginning with the evolution of mankind itself, the book traces the history of Africa through the millennia of the ancient world to the centuries of medieval and modern Africa. The clear and simple language and the wealth of carefully chosen maps and photos combine to make an essential and accessible text.

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African Cultural Values - Kwame Gyekye
Call Number: Af/GN645.G99
ISBN: 0965047008
Publication Date: 1996-01-01

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The Military and Militarism in Africa - Eboe Hutchful; Abdoulaye Bathily; Codesria
Call Number: Af/JQ1873.5.C58M59
ISBN: 2869780699
Publication Date: 1998-01-01

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The Political history of Ghana (1950-2013): The experience of a Non-Conformist. - Asamoah, Obed Yao.
Call Number: Dp/DT512.As1
ISBN: 9781496985644
Publication Date: 2014.

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J.J Rawlings and the Democratic Transition in Ghana - Danso-Boafo, Kwaku
Call Number: Dp/JQ3036.D23
ISBN: 996430384
Publication Date: 2012

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Reclaiming the human sciences and humanities through African perspectives - Helen Lauer & Kofi Anyidoho.
Call Number: Af/CB 197.R24
ISBN: 9988647336
Publication Date: 2012
Questions about how social conditioning and historical circumstances influence assumptions about who we are and how others perceive who we are have attracted wide ranging discussion across the disciplines in the arts, humanities and allied sciences. Simultaneously, since the Independence period, scholars have deliberated over the varied implications of new states emerging throughout Africa. The peer-reviewed selected papers for this anthology represent a cross section of the diverse perspectives reflecting research and cross-disciplinary collaborations undertaken by members of the University of Ghana faculty and graduate students working in archaeology, literary criticism of African as well as English and Russian literatures, economics, history, cognitive psychology, linguistics, dance, music, philosophy, sociology, and the study of religions.


African Writers Series

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Arrow of God - Achebe, Chinua
Call Number: Af/PR9387.9A3Ar6
ISBN: 9780435905309
Chinua Achebe's novel "Arrow of God" centers on the main character's battles with colonialism and Christian influences. Ezeulu is the chief priest of multiple Nigerian villages. During the 1920s, his country experiences political and social changes when the British uses colonialism to civilize the people. The Igbo people of Nigeria are the main characters of the story as they worship Ezeulu. The novel begins with a battle that Ezeulu and Umuaro causes with the Okperi people. A British overseer, T.K. Winterbottom, intervenes and resolves the battle. With this context in mind, Achebe structures the work to highlight the relationships between the Nigerians, the British, and Christian missionaries. A significant theme of the work is the Nigerians abandoning their traditional customs for Christianity, which stirs up much resentment between the villagers. Achebe injects conflict into the work when Ezeulu refuses to be a "white man's chief." Ezeulu's beliefs affect how the rest of the characters interact. By the end of "Arrow of God," the villagers lose their faith in Ezeulu.

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Things Fall Apart - Achebe, Chinua
Call Number: Af/PR9387.9A3 T32
ISBN: 0435905252
Publication Date: 1996.
THINGS FALL APART tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a "strong man" of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first of these stories traces Okonkwo's fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society.

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The Girl Who Can - Ama Ata Aidoo
Call Number: Af/PR 9379.9A35 G44
ISBN: 9780435910136
Publication Date: 2003-02-13
In this collection of short stories, Aidoo elevates the mundane in womens lives to an intellectual level in an attempt at challenging patriarchal structures and dominance in African society.

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The Trial of Dedan Kimathi - Micere Mugo
Call Number: Af/ PR9381.9.N45 T34
ISBN: 0435901915
Publication Date: 1981-01-01
This play depicts the circumstances surrounding the trial of one of the leaders of the Mau Mau revolution, Dedan Kimathi.


Reference sources

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The African Studies Companion: A Guide to Information Sources - Hans M. Zell
Call Number: Af/DT19.8 Af8
ISBN: 0954102924
Publication Date: 2006


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