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Author David McDermott Hughes brings readers a comprehensive account of the lasting effects of European colonialism within South Africa, touching upon ideas and arguments surrounding development policy and environmentalism, and how native land can be saved.
A composition of arguments against the European management and colonization of museums across Zimbabwe, which writers suggest must attain urgent attention to promote, and fight for, the preservation of Zimbabwean culture.
"An engaging and timely ethnography" that balances the role of kagiso, the national ethos of "peace and harmony", with interethnic tension and disunity, in the context of Batswana livelihoods in the Okavango Delta region.
A scholarly work that illustrates how the political environmental context shapes human health through case studies of HIV management in South Africa and global climate change seen in increased flooding in the Okavango Delta.
A slim book about Zimbabwe's pioneering ecologist, survivor of the country's liberation struggles, and his work providing water to rural small farms, that invites its readers "to celebrate the boundless potential for human development".
Call Number: Van Pelt Library PR9390.9.B85 W42 2013
Publication Date: 2013
The debut novel for this Zimbabwe-born writer, "written with kinetic energy that crackles with life" (Jim Hannan, World Literature Today), on many "Best of" lists and shortlists. Shortlisted for the Mann Booker Prize.
While many leading African writers have US publishers, ABC is the nonprofit distributor owned by independent African publishers. ABC books are sold directly from the web site, with profits flowing back to the publishers; they're also sold by Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Call Number: Van Pelt Library PS3613.O77855 W48 2013
Publication Date: 2013
A portrait of 1970s Botswana is told through the intertwined stories of three people, including a medical student who is forced to flee apartheid South Africa after witnessing a murder and an American Ph.D. student who abandons her studies to follow her husband to Africa.
"A magnificent contribution not just to contemporary African studies but also to the art of great historical writing. Anyone with an interest in either ought to read this book" (Historical Journal). A perennial required reading for Penn's African history courses.
An excellent collection of nonfiction writing, both primary and secondary. The anthology's selections highlight the politics of the past and the formation of South Africa's "complex, conflicted, cacophonous society".
The former editor of Mother Jones magazine reports on his interviews with three "insiders", three "outsiders", and President Zuma, as well as many other people encountered during his travels throughout South Africa between 2004 and 2012.
A firsthand account of the archaeological discoveries of Homo naledi, an all-new species on the human family tree, and Australopithecus sediba in the Cradle of Humankind within the past decade. With this team of "underground astronauts," Berger made the discovery of a lifetime: hundreds of prehistoric bones, including entire skeletons of at least 15 individuals, all perhaps two million years old. Their features combined those of known prehominids like Lucy, the famous Australopithecus, with those more human than anything ever before seen in prehistoric remains.
A Search for Origins is a collection of diverse scholarly essays on the prehistoric sites and the fossil remains, artifacts, and rock art found in South Africa’s “Cradle of Humankind” (COH). COH was declared a World Heritage Site for its wealth of human and animal fossils. Research based on fossils found in the area as well as signs of early human habitation have shed new light on the evolution of humankind and on the significant role that southern Africa played in the development of modern humans. These essays also cover historic activities (including modern-day politics) and how these activities affect the sites.
This book is an amazing account of Lee Berger's 2008 hunt -- with the help of his curious 9-year-old son -- for a previously unknown species of ape-like creatures that may have been direct ancestors of modern humans. The discovery of two remarkably well preserved, two-million-year-old fossils of an adult female and young male, known as Australopiitecus sediba, has been hailed as one of the most important archaeological discoveries in history.