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African Voices of the Global Past, 1500-Present (Westview/Perseus Press, 2013)

African Voices from the Global Past is a collection of chapters retelling some of the most commonly discussed episodes of the global past from the perspectives of Africans who lived through them but whose views and experiences are underrepresented in traditional History textbooks. The African and Africanist authors of each chapter combine transnational and transcultural approaches to the past with social and cultural histories to uncover these experiences and perspectives. Chapters focus on the Atlantic slave trade, feminism, the Industrial Revolution, colonialism, the world wars, and decolonization.




Cosmopolitan Africa, 1700-1875 (Oxford University Press, 2012)

This history of African experiences in a global context is a re-envisioning of a period in African history usually awkwardly sandwiched between narratives of the Atlantic slave trade and formal colonialism. In a text that surveys social history, global trade, religious change and continuity, economics, and the products of intellectuals across Africa, the author suggests that Africans employed numerous strategies to surmount the obstacles and seize the opportunities provided by increasing global interconnections, technological transformation, and shifting attitudes around the world during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This volume is the second in the African World History series also edited by Trevor R. Getz.



Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic History (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Abina and the Important Men is a compelling and powerfully illustrated "graphic history" based on an 1876 court transcript of a West African woman named Abina, who was wrongfully enslaved and took her case to court. The book is a microhistory that does much more than simply depict an event in the past; it uses the power of illustration to convey important themes in world history and to reveal the processes by which history is made.

For more information on Abina, please visit the following URL: http://www.abina.org.



Co-authored with Esperanza Brizuela-Garcia, African Histories: New Sources and New Techniques for Studying African Pasts (Prentice Hall, 2011)

African Histories gives readers a rich understanding of Africa's complex history through a wide variety of sources while exposing them to the African voice. The text offers examples of how scholars have, over the past 60 years, demonstrated Africa’s detailed history. It is about how historians interpret the past by giving full and adequate attention to the stories of Africans in ways that can be meaningful and acceptable to Africans and researchers alike. The text is titled African Histories in recognition of the diversity of sources and ways in which they are examined.



Co-authored with Heather Streets-Salter, Modern Imperialism and Colonialism: A Global Perspective (Prentice Hall, 2010)

For courses in Imperialism/Colonialism as well as the second half of the World History survey course, this textbook addresses modern imperialism and colonialism from a truly global and holistic perspective. From the formation of centralized gunpowder empires in Eurasia and parts of Africa to the demise of the bi-polar Cold War world, Modern Imperialism and Colonialism investigates our evolving understanding of the origins, nature, mechanisms, and demise of modern empires. It evaluates empires as structures and also explores the doctrines, ideologies, and practices of imperialism and colonial rule.



Co-authored with Richard J. Hoffman and Jarbel Rodriguez, Exchanges: A Global History Reader, Volume 1 (Prentice Hall, 2008)

This impressive collection of readings illustrates that the history of the world is as much about the relationships among societies as it is about transformations and continuities within societies. Exchanges: A Global History Reader is designed as an introduction to the discipline of world history. Unlike other source collections, Exchanges helps students look beyond strictly delineated regionalism and chronological structures to understand history as a product of ongoing debate. Structured around a series of interconnected themes and debates, and pairing both primary and secondary sources, Exchanges challenges both students and teachers to rethink history.



Co-authored with Richard J. Hoffman and Jarbel Rodriguez, Exchanges: A Global History Reader, Volume 2 (Prentice Hall, 2008)

This impressive collection of readings illustrates that the history of the world is as much about the relationships among societies as it is about transformations and continuities within societies. Exchanges: A Global History Reader is designed as an introduction to the discipline of world history. Unlike other source collections, Exchanges helps students look beyond strictly delineated regionalism and chronological structures to understand history as a product of ongoing debate. Structured around a series of interconnected themes and debates, and pairing both primary and secondary sources, Exchanges challenges both students and teachers to rethink history.



Slavery and Reform in West Africa: Toward Emancipation in Nineteenth-Century Senegal and the Gold Coast (Ohio University Press, 2004)

This work states that African slaves and slave owners played a central role both in the expansion of slavery and the reform of servile relationships.


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