A Short History of Africa
From the Origins of the Human Race to the Arab Spring
Africa is the birthplace of humanity. This concise, readable introduction reviews the people, events and ideas that have shaped its long history: Islam, the kingdoms of Ghana and Benin, colonialism, slavery, and the struggles of independence and its aftermath.
A Year in the Life of Ancient Egypt
What would it have been like to live in Ancient Egypt? In this book one of the world’s most acclaimed Egyptologists imagines a year in the life of a government official and his family. Organized according to the three agricultural seasons that structured Egyptian lives – inundation, planting and harvesting – the family’s story illustrates aspects of their everyday lives and customs, their experience of the educational, medical and legal professions and their preparations for the afterlife.
The Epic of Isandlwana and the Cover-Up
This history of the Battle of Isandlwana (1879), which saw British expeditionary troops defeated by Zulu warriors, eschews colonial romanticism and recognizes Isandlwana as a ‘magnificent Zulu victory against an invading army with superior arms.’ Referencing numerous sources, including maps, photographs and the letters of Commander-in-Chief Lord Chelmsford, the book explores Chelmsford’s misguided preparations for the conquest of Zululand, the Zulus’ superiority in the field, and the attempt to cover up Chelmsford’s culpability.
Celebrated as the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’ and reviled as ‘a nest of corsairs’, the Libyan capital is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the region. Blending personal experience, extensive research and accounts by residents and visitors, this lively, accessible book charts Tripoli’s 2,500-year history from the Phoenician traders to the anarchy that followed the fall of Colonel Gaddafi, revealing the rich and complex nature of this vibrant city.
Letters from the Empire
A Soldier's Account of the Boer War and the Abor Campaign in India
Researched and transcribed by Yvonne Wagstaff and Sheila Shaw, and edited, with notes, by Stephen Morris, these letters home were written by Allan Marriott Hutchins (1879–1911), a British Army officer on active service in the Boer War and the Abor Campaign in India.
The Untold Story from Independence to Civil War
Hilde F Johnson, the former UN Special Representative in South Sudan, provides an insider’s account of the years following the country’s declaration of independence in July 2011. From her vantage point in Juba, Johnson witnessed how the seeds of conflict were sown and the rapid escalation of violence into what Desmond Tutu describes in his foreword as ‘an atrocious and senseless civil war’. This in-depth study of the new nation attempts to answer the question: why?
Jewish Commandos and the Raid on Tobruk
During the North African campaign in 1942, the British used a special force of German-speaking Jews recruited from displaced Germans in Palestine. This ‘Special Interrogation Group’ was equipped with German military police uniforms and equipment and tasked with gathering crucial information from behind enemy lines. This book outlines the formation of the unit and describes its part in the raid on Tobruk in September 1942, which involved trekking across hundreds of miles of desert disguised as German soldiers transporting PoWs.
The Story of a Desert Gunner in the Second World War
Extremes of temperature and desert sandstorms made for severely trying conditions for the men and equipment of the North African campaign in the Second World War. This account is the personal story of a gunner in the Eighth Army, giving a front-line view of the fighting, as well as an insight into everyday life for the infantrymen, from 1941 to the pivotal victory at El Alamein in November 1942.
The Equus Men
Rhodesia's Mounted Infantry: The Grey's Scouts 1896–1980
The Grey's Scouts, Rhodesia's mounted infantry regiment, had its origins in a unit of horsemen known as the Bulawayo Field Force, mustered from settlers by Englishman George Grey in response to the Matabele people's revolt against British rule in 1896. This history traces its actions and evolution in the Rhodesian Army through the Animal Transport Unit, the Mounted Infantry Unit and the Grey's Scouts in 1976 to its dissolution when the new independent Zimbabwe was established in 1980.
Word, Symbol, Song
For more than a millennium, the peoples of West Africa have harnessed the power of words and images to build societies, communicate faith, and challenge injustice. Published to accompany a major exhibition at the British Library, this lavishly illustrated book explores the region’s written heritage and even older oral culture. Leading international scholars offer a unique insight into this rich tradition, and the current explosion of creativity in an array of media.
Success of a General
General French and the Relief of Kimberley
Though his reputation was later sullied as Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force in the First World War, John French became a national hero as a cavalry general during the Boer War, in particular for his part in the relief of Kimberley in 1900. This account of the siege and the events leading up to it also includes a review of the medals awarded to British soldiers for the campaign.
A Sacrifice Betrayed
It was British policy at the beginning of the Boer War not to share intelligence with locally raised forces or employ black people in any military capacity. This proved disastrously misguided and thousands of lives were lost before the commanders on the ground remodelled their forces to meet the specific challenges of the Boers' tactics. This book looks at the war with a focus on the experiences of the people of Natal, both combatants and civilians of all ages.
Lost Lions of Judah
Haile Selassie's Mongrel Foreign Legion 1935–41
In October 1935, Fascist Italy invaded independent Ethiopia. The Ethiopians were no match for the well-armed and airborne Italians; they needed to seek outside help. This book unravels the complex and often bizarre international diplomatic situation and the near chaos inside the country as mercenaries of every description, from German Nazis to Zulu kings, answered Emperor Haile Selassie’s call to arms. Christopher Othen tells the story of how this ragtag foreign legion fought to save Ethiopia from Fascism.
The Story of the Battle in the Words of the Soldiers
An account, using first-hand reports by British soldiers on the front lines, of the battle of El Alamein on 23 October 1942, known as the greatest Allied offensive of WWII and the battle that defined both the Afrika Corps and the British 8th Army. 36pp b&w plates
A Rainbow in the Night
The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa
The Dutch farmers who first settled the southern tip of Africa were sent to grow vegetables for ships rounding the Cape. But fired by their Calvinist faith, they came to see themselves as God's chosen rulers of the continent, subjugating its inhabitants and defying the might of the British Empire. Dominique Lapierre recounts the epic saga that ensued, from the rise of the apartheid state to the freedom struggle that gave birth to today's rainbow nation. Slightly off-mint.
An Illustrated History
This book succinctly relates the five millennia of Egyptian history from the first dynasties of the pharaohs, through the periods of Roman, Islamic, Ottoman and British rule, and into the 21st century, while providing an insight into the culture of modern Egypt through profiles of key figures such as the singer Umm Kulthum (d.1975) and the writer Naguib Mahfouz (1911–2006).
Roberts and Kitchener in South Africa
After three military defeats in a week in South Africa in late 1900, two military heroes – Field Marshal Lord Roberts and Major General Lord Kitchener – were sent to replace the beleaguered General Sir Redvers Buller. This study of a spectacularly successful military partnership describes how, within weeks, Roberts and Kitchener had raised morale, reorganized their forces and transformed the war; but also how the relief of Kimberley and Ladysmith and the defeat of Boer forces sometimes involved less than heroic tactics.
South African Pioneer, Poet and Abolitionist
The remarkable career of Thomas Pringle (1789–1834) began in Enlightenment Edinburgh, where he established himself as a poet and founding editor of Blackwood’s Magazine. This lively, authoritative biography tells how, in 1820, he led a party of settlers to South Africa, where he co-edited the Cape’s first independent newspaper and became a staunch champion of the rights of both settlers and dispossessed indigenous people, before returning to Britain to become Secretary of the Anti-Slavery Society.
From Colony to Revolution
The overthrow of Qaddafi in 2011 appeared to signal a new dawn for Libya, but the country's future now seems uncertain once again. This comprehensive study navigates Libya's long history of occupation and despotic rule, from the ancient Greeks, through the Ottoman Empire to Mussolini. It provides an in-depth account of Qaddafi's regime, the Lockerbie bombing and the Arab Spring, and assesses the prospects for democracy in this troubled land.
Churchill's Secret Invasion
Britain's First Large-scale Combined Operations Offensive 1942
In the first major amphibious assault of the war, British troops invaded the island of Madagascar in 1942, fearful that the Japanese would get there first and threaten British shipping routes to Egypt and India. This book describes the attack, known as Operation Ironclad, and the ensuing six-month campaign on the Vichy French-controlled island, assessing the operation's strategic importance and the assault's influence on the planning and execution of seaborne attacks later in the war.
Lost Voices of the Nile
Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt
Much of our knowledge about ancient Egyptian daily life concerns the highest levels of society, but archaeological excavations are now revealing valuable information about workers and their families. Examining this evidence, together with tomb inscriptions and papyri ranging from laundry lists to legal documents, Booth introduces intriguing characters such as the violent drunkard Paneb, the workmen who staged a strike over delayed payment, and Naunakhte, who disinherited her neglectful children.
Lords of the Sea
A History of the Barbary Corsairs
Raids in the seas off Somalia have brought piracy back into the headlines, but the problem is nothing new; for three centuries North African pirates terrorized shipping throughout the Mediterranean. This first full history examines their dramatic impact, first as agents of the Ottoman Empire in the 1500s and then independently. Raiding as far as Iceland, they remained a problem until the early 19th century, when action by the young United States of America finally brought them to heel.
An Illustrated Introduction to Ancient Egypt
Choosing to describe different aspects of how ancient Egyptian people lived rather than present a chronological account, Charlotte Booth begins with the environment in which Egyptian civilization arose and endured for 3,500 years; then goes on to deal with religion, village life, childhood, and disease, death and the afterlife.
Bringers of War
The Portuguese in Africa during the Age of Gunpowder and Sail
Long before steamships and machine-tooled artillery, the Portuguese established an empire in Africa, capturing trading towns, seizing slaves and plundering mineral riches. This impeccably researched history describes how, between the 15th and the late 18th centuries, they fought their ancient Muslim foes, overthrew African kingdoms and resisted Dutch, Omani and Ottoman rivals in a quest for wealth and power as ruthless as the Spanish conquests in the Americas.
A History from the Mediterranean Shore to the Sahara
Surrounded by the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the Sahara, North Africa has seen wave after wave of invaders, from the Romans to the French in the 20th century. Barnaby Rogerson charts its long and complex history up to the Arab Spring, vividly describing a rich cast of memorable characters that includes Dido, Hannibal and St Augustine. The book includes a chronology, an historical gazetteer cross-referenced to the main text, and 11 historical maps.
Between Man and Beast
From the moment the explorer Paul du Chaillu had his first, fleeting glimpse of a gorilla, our understanding of this extraordinary animal - and of our own place in the universe - changed irrevocably. Part swashbuckling jungle adventure, part gas-lit Victorian thriller, this book recounts Du Chaillu's extraordinary story, restoring a forgotten hero to his rightful place and charting a controversy that embroiled many notable figures of the age, including Charles Darwin,Thomas Hardy and Abraham Lincoln. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge and American-cut pages (signed).
Between Man and Beast
From the moment the explorer Paul du Chaillu had his first, fleeting glimpse of a gorilla, our understanding of this extraordinary animal – and of our own place in the universe – changed irrevocably. Part swashbuckling jungle adventure, part gas-lit Victorian thriller, this book recounts Du Chaillu's extraordinary story, restoring a forgotten hero to his rightful place and charting a controversy that embroiled many notable figures of the age, including Charles Darwin,Thomas Hardy and Abraham Lincoln. American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Portrait of an Extraordinary Man
For nearly three years, Time magazine editor Richard Stengel travelled with the late Nelson Mandela, working closely with him on his autobiography. In this inspirational book he distils many hours of conversation into 15 life lessons. Mandela's insights on love, leadership, courage, seeing the good in others and knowing when to quit challenge us to look within ourselves and contemplate the legacy we will leave behind.
Letters from Ladysmith
Eyewitness Accounts from the South African War
The Siege of Ladysmith lasted 118 days, from November 1899 to February 1900, and had tremendous strategic and imperial significance. Military historian Edward Spiers presents, with commentary, 250 letters written by soldiers and civilians from the beleaguered town and originally published in British newspapers. They provide vivid accounts of the siege and the desperate and bloody attempts to relieve Ladysmith, but also illustrate contemporary perceptions of the war and the British underestimation of the Boer army.