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Current History to be published by University of California Press beginning May 2020


May 2020


Chiefs, Democracy, and Development in Contemporary Africa
by Kate Baldwin
“Traditional chiefs have a special ability to organize collective responses to local problems in many communities.” Eighth in a series on ways of governing around the world.

Sudan’s Rule of Law Revolution
by Mark Fathi Massoud
“Sudan’s weakened legal infrastructure and its enduring respect for the rule of law remain the country’s best hope for achieving sustainable peace and justice.”

How Informal Transport Systems Drive African Cities
by Daniel E. Agbiboa
“Africa’s informal transport sector is likely to continue to drive mass mobility well into the future and remain central to urban economies and the production of new city forms.”

African Popular Culture Enters the Global Mainstream
by Matthias Krings and Tom Simmert
“Africa was long seen primarily as an importer of global cultural forms, but it is now on the verge of becoming a major exporter of popular culture to the world.”

African Decolonization’s Past and Present Trajectories
by Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni
“Decolonization has reemerged as a compelling vision of a better future.”

Perspective: ‘Carpe DM’: Seizing the Afropolitan Day
by Hlonipha Mokoena
A new generation of writers and artists has created a sensibility that is rooted in Africa, yet connected with a global diaspora. Its ethos of black internationalism has many forebears.

Books: Black Travel and Presence in the Building of South Africa
by Robin L. Turner
Kruger National Park, a celebrated safari destination, has a long history with black South Africans. A new book shows how black elites engaged in tourism even under apartheid.

The Month in Review: March 2020
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in March, country by country, day by day.

Map of Africa
by the editors of Current History
Regional map


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