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EDITOR'S CHOICE

John Geipel on how the enforced diaspora of the slave trade shaped South America’s largest nation.

In Rwanda 20 years ago Hutu turned on Tutsi and a genocide lasting 100 days began. Dean White explains the historical background to an episode of intense violence many thought impossible in the late 20th century.

Volume: 64 Issue: 6 2014

The River Nile and a thirst for commerce and land led the armies of Rome deep into Africa. Raoul McLaughlin investigates.

Volume: 64 Issue: 6 2014

The North African country is considering how best to serve its rich heritage.

Volume: 64 Issue: 9 2014

Michelle Liebst looks at how the career of the great explorer of Africa reflects the wider failings of Victorian imperialism.

Volume: 63 Issue: 4 2013

Large numbers of West Africans came to Britain to study in the postwar years. Many placed their children in the care of white, working-class families. Jordanna Bailkin describes how it was not just Britain’s diplomatic relationships that were transformed at the end of empire but also social and personal ones.

Volume: 63 Issue: 8 2013

Erich B. Anderson describes the fortunate alliance between Julius Caesar and a Roman knight and mercenary, Publius Sittius, who helped the dictator defeat his enemies in Africa once and for all.

Volume: 63 Issue: 9 2013

This year marks the centenary of a forgotten effort to carve out a Jewish homeland in the vast Portuguese colony of Angola. Adam Rovner describes the little-known attempt to create a Zion in Africa.

Volume: 62 Issue: 12 2012

King Leopold II’s personal rule of the vast Congo Free State anticipated the horrors of the 20th century, argues Tim Stanley.

Volume: 62 Issue: 10 2012

Jos Damen tells the stories of two unusual men who lived a century apart in the Dutch colony at Elmina in West Africa; a poet who became a tax inspector and a former slave who argued that slavery did not contradict ideas of Christian freedom.

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

Colin Smith recounts the Allied invasion of French North Africa, which commenced on November 8th, 1942.

Volume: 62 Issue: 11 2012

The battle of Cuito Cuanavale was a key moment in the smokescreen conflict of the Cold War played out in southern Africa. Gary Baines looks at the ways in which opposing sides are now remembering the event.

Volume: 62 Issue: 9 2012

Andrew Boxer demonstrates the ways in which external events affected the struggles of African Americans in the 1950s and 1960s.

Issue: 70 2011

Carl Peter Watts estimates the importance of the different reasons for British withdrawal.

Issue: 71 2011

Little remains of the great North African empire that was Rome's most formidable enemy, because, as Richard Miles explains, only its complete annihilation could satisfy its younger rival.

Volume: 60 Issue: 2 2010

In 1959 Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba after a masterly campaign of guerrilla warfare. Drawing on this success, Castro and his followers, including Che Guevara, sought to spread their revolution, as Clive Foss explains.

Volume: 60 Issue: 3 2010

Michael Scott-Baumann explains why Nasser is such an important figure in the Middle East in the twentieth century.

Issue: 66 2010

For centuries, Africans were shipped to the Indian subcontinent and sold as slaves to regional rulers. Rosie Llewellyn-Jones tells the story of those who went to Lucknow to serve the Nawab of Oudh and who joined the Indian Mutiny when he was deposed by the British. For this allegiance their descendants, whom she has traced, still pay a price.

Volume: 59 Issue: 12 2009

On the eve of the Second World War, the navies of Italy, France and Britain plotted for supremacy in the Mediterranean. Their actions resulted in the fracturing of the sea’s age-old unity, with consequences that persist to this day. Simon Ball explains how the ‘Middle Sea’ became the Middle East.

Volume: 59 Issue: 5 2009

White South Africans who fought in the long ‘Border War’ to maintain apartheid now find themselves in a country run by their former enemies. Gary Baines examines their continuing struggle to come to terms with the conflict and their efforts to have their voices heard.

Volume: 59 Issue: 4 2009

Tony Chafer examines the paradoxes and complexities that underlie belated recognition of the contribution of African soldiers to the liberation of France in 1944.

Volume: 58 Issue: 11 2008
2008

Kevin Shillington looks at the impact on Africa of the slave trade, and its abolition 200 years ago this month.

Volume: 57 Issue: 3 2007

This West African state was a focus of the slave trade for centuries, and the first African colony to win independence, exactly fifty years ago. Graham Gendall Norton finds lots of history to explore.

Volume: 57 Issue: 3 2007
Jonathan Downs looks at a collection of Egyptian pottery sherds discovered at the National Trust’s mansion, Kingston Lacy, in Dorset.
Volume: 57 Issue: 9 2007
2007

In the first of a number of articles marking the bicentenary of the bill of March 1807 to abolish the slave trade, Rosie Llewellyn-Jones tells the remarkable story of the boys from Madagascar who were sent to England to be educated in the 1820s as part of an agreement with the British to develop the country and end Madagascan dependency on the exportation of slaves.    

Volume: 57 Issue: 1 2007

Britain’s first Anti-Slavery Act was ineffective, says Marika Sherwood – British slave traders found ways around it to carry on their profitable activities, while British commerce flourished through the import of slave-grown cotton.

Volume: 57 Issue: 3 2007

David Anderson, Huw Bennett and Daniel Branch believe that the Freedom of Information Act is being used to protect the perpetrators of a war crime that took place in Kenya fifty years ago.

Volume: 56 Issue: 8 2006

Historical travel, alone or in organized tours, is burgeoning and fun. Our new series suggests some places for the past-minded traveller to think about. Graham Gendall Norton introduces an accessible but exotic land which has long been a cultural crossroads.

Volume: 56 Issue: 4 2006

Roland Quinault examines the career, speeches and writings of Churchill for evidence as to whether or not he was racist and patronizing to black peoples.

Volume: 55 Issue: 6 2005

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