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Making and Unmaking Nations : War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa
Straus, Scott, 1970- author
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2015
Introduction : the puzzle of genocide -- The concept and logic of genocide -- Escalation and restraint -- A theory of genocide -- Mass categorical violence in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1960-2008 -- Retreating from the brink in Côte d'Ivoire -- The politics of dialogue in Mali -- Pluralism and accommodation in Senegal -- Endangered Arab-Islamic nationalism in Sudan -- Fighting for the Hutu revolution in Rwanda -- Conclusion : making nations and preventing their unmaking.
Baker Berry DT352.8 .S76 2015

Cleopatra's needles : the lost obelisks of Egypt
Brier, Bob, author
London : Bloomsbury Academic, An imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016
How to quarry an obelisk -- Rome's obelisks -- God's architect -- Napoleon's obelisk -- Cleopatra's Needle sails for London -- The oldest skyscraper in New York -- Postscript on the obelisks.

In the half-century between 1831 and 1881 three massive obelisks left Egypt for new lands. Prior to these journeys, the last large obelisk moved was the Vatican obelisk in 1586--one of the great engineering achievements of the Renaissance. Roman emperors moved more than a dozen, but left no records of how they did it. The nineteenth-century engineers entrusted with transporting the obelisks across oceans had to invent new methods, and they were far from certain that they would work. As the three obelisks, bound for Paris, London and New York, sailed towards their new homes, the world held its breath. Newspapers reported the obelisks' daily progress, complete with dramatic illustrations of the heroic deeds of the engineers and crews struggling under nearly impossible conditions. When the obelisks finally arrived safely in their new homes, bands played Cleopatra's Needle Waltz and silver obelisk pencils dangled from fashionable ladies' necks. This turbulent era, caught up in obelisk mania, is recreated by Bob Brier in all its glory. Amid astounding tales of engineering dexterity and naval endurance, the individuals involved in transporting the obelisks and receiving them in their future homes are brought to life through their letters and diaries, newspaper articles and illustrations. Written by a renowned Egyptologist and author, this compelling book will fascinate all those interested in Egypt, its iconic monuments and the history of great endeavour.
Baker Berry DT62.O2 B67 2016

Slavery, Memory and Religion in Southeastern Ghana, c.1850-present
Venkatachalam, Meera, 1980- author
Ghosts of slavery? -- The Anlo-Ewe : portrait of a people -- The dance of Alegba : Anlo-Ewe religion -- Slavery in the Anlo imagination -- Religion and society in early modern Anlo, c. 1750-c. 1910 -- Gods from the north, c. 1910-c. 1940 -- 'Yesu vide, dzo vide' : the dynamics of Anlo religion, c. 1940-c. 2010 -- Conclusion : ritual servitude, trans-Atlantic conversations, and religious change.

Based on a decade of fieldwork in southeastern Ghana and analysis of secondary sources, this book aims to reconstruct the religious history of the Anlo-Ewe peoples from the 1850s. In particular, it focuses on a corpus of rituals collectively known as 'Fofie', which derived their legitimacy from engaging with the memory of the slave-holding past. The Anlo developed a sense of discomfort about their agency in slavery in the early twentieth century which they articulated through practices such as ancestor veneration, spirit possession, and by forging links with descendants of peoples they formerly enslaved. Conversion to Christianity, engagement with 'modernity', trans-Atlantic conversations with diasporan Africans, and citizenship of the postcolonial state coupled with structural changes within the religious system - which resulted in the decline in Fofie's popularity - gradually altered the moral emphases of legacies of slavery in the Anlo historical imagination as the twentieth century progressed.
Baker Berry DT510.43.A58 V47 2015

The pyramid complex of Amenemhat I at Lisht : the architecture
Arnold, Dieter, 1936- author
New York : The Metropolitan Museum of Art, [2015]
The pyramid. History -- Dimensions -- Core -- Pyramid entrance -- Granite false door -- Entrance cut -- Passage -- Blocking -- A previous royal burial chamber -- Robbers -- Workmen's meals -- Well chamber -- Well shaft and burial of Amenemhat I -- Suggested sequence of building events at Lisht north and south during the reigns of Amenemhat I and Senwosret I -- The pyramid court. West court -- North court in front of the pyramid entrance -- East court northwest of the Cult Temple -- East court southwest of the Cult Temple -- Southeast corner of the court -- Stone inner enclosure wall -- Shafts in the west court -- North chapel -- Drains -- Brick outer enclosure wall -- Brick inner enclosure around Cult Temple -- Structures east of the pyramid. Cult Temple -- Structures south of Cult Temple -- Valley temple and causeway -- Construction ramps -- Foundation deposits. Pyramid foundation deposit -- Two Cult Temple foundation deposits -- Foundation deposits of Rehuerdjersen -- Thirteenth Dynasty votives.
Baker Berry Oversize DT73.L6 A76 2015

A history of South Sudan : from slavery to independence
Rolandsen, Øystein H., author
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Introduction: the land and peoples of the upper Nile -- Ivory and slaves: the nineteenth century -- The second Turkiyya, 1898-1953 -- The curse of colonial continuity, 1953-63 -- The first civil war, 1963-72 -- Regional government: from one civil war to another, 1972-83 -- Eclipsed by war, 1983-91 -- Factional politics, 1991-2001 -- Making unity impossible, 2002-2011 -- Independent South Sudan.
Baker Berry DT159.94 .R65 2016

The killing of death : denying the genocide against the Tutsi
Moerland, Roland, 1976- author
Cambridge : Intersentia, [2016]
Baker Berry DT450.435 .M64 2016

The story of Egypt : the civilization that shaped the world
Fletcher, Joann, author
New York : Pegasus Books, 2016
In the beginning -- Sahara savannah : c. 55,000-5500 BC -- Seeking the waters : c. 5500-3500 BC -- The north-south divide : 3500-3100 BC -- Lords and ladies of the two lands : c. 3100-2890 BC -- Shifting focus : c. 2890-2686 BC -- The rise of the Pyramid Age : c. 2667-2613 BC -- Sons and daughters of the sun : c. 2613-2494 BC -- The rule of Ra : c. 2494-2375 BC -- Clouds across the sun : c. 2375-2181 BC -- Anarchy in the two lands : c. 2181-1985 BC -- Classic kingdom, middle kingdom : C. 1985-1855 BC -- Proliferate, disintegrate : c. 1855-1650 BC -- Divided and conquered : c. 1650-1550 BC -- Dawn of the Golden Age : c. 1550-1425 BC -- Zenith of the sun : c. 1425-1352 BC -- Reflected glories : c. 1352-1295 BC -- Reigns of the Ramessides : c. 1295-1069 BC -- Decline, rise and fall : C. 1069-332 BC -- The final flourish : 332-30 BC.

"The story of the world's greatest civilization spans 4,000 years of history that has shaped the world. It is full of spectacular cities and epic stories-- an evolving society rich in inventors, heroes, heroines, villains, artisans, and pioneers. Professor Joann Fletcher pulls together the complete story of [ancient] Egypt-- charting the rise and fall of the ancient Egyptians while putting their whole world into ... context"--
Baker Berry DT61 .F584 2016

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