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

David Livingstone reached the Victoria Falls on November 17th, 1855.

Volume: 55 Issue: 11 2005

Sarah Searight highlights the problem of pillaging for those trying to piece together Mali’s rich heritage.

Volume: 55 Issue: 5 2005

On November 1st, 1954, an insurrection broke out in Algeria.

Volume: 54 Issue: 11 2004

Angela V. John looks at the uncomfortably long and close links between slavery and the cocoa trade.

Volume: 52 Issue: 6 2002

Sebastian Balfour recalls the use and effects of chemical warfare during, and after, the early decades of the twentieth century.

Volume: 52 Issue: 6 2002

James Walvin reviews current ideas about the vast network of slavery that shaped British and world history for more than two centuries.

Volume: 52 Issue: 3 2002

'Frankly I am ashamed of being a Briton for the treatment we have meted out to the Boers as revealed by you and so justly condemned in your pages’ - John Burns to W. T. Stead.


The explorer of West Africa died in Cape Town on June 3rd, 1900.

Volume: 50 Issue: 6 2000

Ghana's slaving past, long regarded as too sensitive to even discuss, is now becoming a lively issue. A group of Ghanaians, led by lawyers and tribal chiefs, have convened an Africa-wide meeting to seek 'retribution and compensation for the crime of slavery’.

Volume: 49 Issue: 8 1999
David Garner looks at 19th century Africa through the diaries of James Butler
Volume: 48 Issue: 3 1998

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

Volume: 47 Issue: 8 1997

Martin Evans on witnesses from the Battle of Algiers, forty years on - and their contribution to the debate on contemporary history.

Volume: 47 Issue: 2 1997

Graham Norton looks at dilapidated forts and castles in West Africa

Volume: 45 Issue: 10 1995

Peter Higgs looks at how a monumental Hellenistic statue sheds light on culture, religion and identity in Roman North Africa.

Volume: 44 Issue: 11 1994

Missing person or ritual murder? Richard Rathbone probes a cause célèbre from an age of colonial and tribal transition.

Volume: 43 Issue: 6 1993

Martin Evans looks at the aftermath of the struggle for Algerian independence from France.

Volume: 42 Issue: 7 1992

Anthony Kirk-Greene looks at the remarkably rapid 'end of empire' of Britain in Africa, and argues that perspective and objectivity can now yield a useful stocktaking.

Volume: 42 Issue: 1 1992

Martin Evans has tracked down and interviewed many of those who helped the Algerian FLN - and outlines here the links between the experience of resistance to the Nazis and the struggle against colonial rule.

Volume: 41 Issue: 7 1991
Rosemary Laurent discovers a British outpost in the south Atlantic.
Volume: 41 Issue: 10 1991

The grandest African ruins south of the Sahara and the enigmatic discovery of Ming China there.

Volume: 38 Issue: 8 1988

Bartholomew Dias' voyage to the Cape of Good Hope in the late 15th century marked the apex of an extraordinary Portuguese expansion overseas and the start of a fateful European impact on South Africa. 

Volume: 38 Issue: 6 1988

Iain R. Smith looks at the changes in the study of South Africa's past.

Volume: 38 Issue: 2 1988

‘England… requires markets more than colonies.’ Mary Kingsley’s espousal of the African cause was founded on the empathy between second-class citizens in a white, male-dominated society, as Deborah Birkett reveals.

Volume: 37 Issue: 5 1987

John D. Hargreaves looks at the 1884 meeting of European nations and the impact on Africa.

Volume: 34 Issue: 11 1984

Gillian Williams on the promise of watercolourist and engraver, Wenceslaus Hollar, when he petitioned Charles II to allow him to accompany the British Ambassador on an expedition to Morocco, that he 'would examine all and take designs, and give his Majesty much better satisfaction'.

Volume: 33 Issue: 3 1983

There is evidence, argues Adrian Tronson, to suggest that the thirteenth-century Mali empire, and its ruler Sundiata, were strongly influenced by the life of Alexander the Great, 356-323 BC, an influence that was to be capitalised on in the late 1950s.

Volume: 32 Issue: 1 1982

Robert Stephens continues our series on the Makers of the 20th Century, with a look at how Nasser left his mark on nearly twenty years of Egyptian, Arab and world history. An anti-colonialist who extended his concern to the newly liberated countries of the Third World, he has been acclaimed as a nationalist liberator - and condemned as a warmonger.

Volume: 31 Issue: 2 1981

Mia Rodríguez-Salgado looks at the lives and impact of the Christian and Muslim corsairs on the early modern seas.

Volume: 31 Issue: 4 1981

The Civil War in Zululand 1879-1884 by Jeff Guy


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