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The articles below are the most recent additions to the History category of Africa InfoServ. To read an article, click on its title. To see more History articles or to search a particular topic, click on Africa Archive. Articles marked with a magnifying glass ( Longer, analytical article. ) are longer, more analytical pieces.

1. Longer, analytical article. Europe: The view from Africa
Author: By Heinrich Böll Foundation Date Written: 8 May 2015
Primary Category: History Document Origin: This Is Africa
Secondary Category: Africa General Source URL: http://thisisafrica.me/
Key Words: Africa, Europe, Zimbabwe, black, white, China

Summary & Comment: This is a soul searching analysis by Jean-Pierre Bekolo an accomplished Cameroonian filmmaker who is known to be one of Africa’s boldest and unconventional voices. MM
2. Longer, analytical article. SADC mourns as liberation icon Mbita laid to rest in Tanzania
Author: Phyllis Johnson Date Written: 4 May 2015
Primary Category: History Document Origin: Southern African Research and Documentation Centre, SANF 15 no 21
Secondary Category: Eastern Region Source URL: http://www.sardc.net/en/?p=3918
Key Words: Mbita,Tanzania, Zimbabwe, SADC

Summary & Comment: Most Southern African countries will remember generously how Tanzania morally and materially supported their struggle for independence. For this work to be executed, the handy man was Hashim Mbita under the orders of the late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere. In death, Southern Africa remembers the importance of his role. MM
3. Tanzania: A Life of Critical Engagement: An Interview with Issa Shivji
Author: Sabatho Nyamsenda, political science lecturer Date Written: 3 March 2015
Primary Category: History Document Origin: International Studies Association ISA
Secondary Category: Profiles Source URL: http://isa-global-dialogue.net/
Key Words: Tanzania, Shivji, academic, leftist, U. of Dar Es Salaam.

Summary & Comment: Prof. Issa Shivji is one of the great public intellectuals of postcolonial Africa. He sustained leftist ideas and passions, holding the people at the centre of his concerns. He wrote such celebrated and widely-debated works as `The Silent Class Struggle' He is retiring now as Professor from the University of Dar Es Salaam, and is working on . . . [expand]
4. Terence Ranger: Life as Historiography
Author: Diana Jeater Date Written: 7 January 2015
Primary Category: History Document Origin: History Workshop
Secondary Category: Zimbabwe Source URL: http://www.historyworkshop.org.uk/
Key Words: Terence Ranger, British, Rhodesia, book, African

Summary & Comment: Prominent African academic and historian Professor Terence Osborn Ranger (85) who dedicated most of his work on Zimbabwe died on 2 January. MM
5. Longer, analytical article. Governmental and political influence on Canadian missionaries and the Central Angolan church
Author: Jim Kirkwood Date Written: 28 November 2014
Primary Category: History Document Origin: Tubman Institute York U.
Secondary Category: Angola Source URL: http://www.africafiles.org/article.asp?ID=27467
Key Words: central Angola, church, Canadian missionaries, influence

Summary & Comment: Walter Currie was the first Canadian missionary to Central Angola. He joined American Congregational missionaries and there emerged by 1957 an indigenous church with extensive systems of educational, health, agriculture, and social services. The work was much influenced by governments and by civil war, beginning with the Portuguese colonial power, . . . [expand]
6. Longer, analytical article. How not to write about Africa: Use “African Spring”
Author: Mohamed Keita Date Written: 21 November 2014
Primary Category: History Document Origin: Africa is a country
Secondary Category: Culture Source URL: http://africasacountry.com
Key Words: Burkina Faso,Liberation, Arab Spring, Compaore

Summary & Comment: On October 30, thousands of determined Burkinabe put an end to the 27 year rule of their Western-backed autocratic leader, Blaise Compaoré. Some asked if this is the first sign in Africa of the breaking out of the `Arab Spring’. Keita gives a lengthy list of earlier signs - some going back nearly a century. JK.
7. Longer, analytical article. A Flawed Freedom: Rethinking Southern African Liberation - Review
Author: John Saul - review by Evans Rubara Date Written: 20 October 2014
Primary Category: History Document Origin: Africafiles
Secondary Category: Southern Region Source URL: http://www.africafiles.org/article.asp?ID=27236
Key Words: Southern Africa, liberation, partial, neo-liberalism.

Summary & Comment: Saul worked during early liberation days in the 60’s and 70’s in Tanzania and Mozambique. As teacher and professor he supported the goals of the liberation movements African National Congress and FRELIMO. This heightens his regret that the aims of the movements to be liberating - participatory, socialistic in ideology- have not been fulfilled. This . . . [expand]

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