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  1. Africa
    Problems in the Transition to Socialism

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1989
    The obstacles and strategies in the transition from inherited colonial and capitalist economies toward socialism are the topics of this title. New information and political insights make this the first serious attempt to explore the important questions thrown up by the experiences of those African states that have tried to break with prevailing neo-colonial patterns.
  2. Africa
    What Can Be Done?

    Resource Type: Book
    Explores the concepts and strategies needed by radical forces in Africa if they are to play an effective role in lifting the continent out of economic stagnation and political repression. The author's investigations are grounded in the thinking of a new generation of African intellectuals. These scholars and political activists often disagree, but they are united in their belief that genuine independence can be guaranteed only if Africa takes a socialist path.
  3. Africa in Crisis
    The Causes, The Cures of Environmental Bankruptcy

    Resource Type: Book
    Africa in Crisis looks at the causes of African famine and how it is a symbol of a much deeper crisis. African droughts and famines are not just the results of a lack of rain but the end result of a long deterioration in the ability of Africans to feed themselves caused by mistakes made by governments both inside and outside the continent.
  4. Black Africa
    The Economic and Cultural Basis for a Federated State

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1989
    The author presents a dynamic and convincing argument for the creation of a unified African state. Dr. Diop explains why attempts at economic development and cooperation cannot succeed apart from the political unification of black Africa and why the freedom of South African blacks can be achieved only with the support of all African states.
  5. Class and Colour in South Africa 1850-1950
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1983
    A historical and sociological overview which provides a critical analysis of the Labour and National movements in South Africa and explores how and why the white working class traded its socialist principles for a share of white power. Also examines the interactions between the two wings of the resistance against white domination.
  6. Connexions Library: Africa Focus
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2009
    Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on Africa.
  7. The Crisis in African Agriculture
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1989
    Why is Africa no longer able to feed itself? Lamine Gokou poses this question against a background of meticulous evidence charting the dimensions of the Continent's agricultural decline. He shows what has happened to overall food production, grain output, and levels of nutrition. He argues that the solution to Africa's food crisis must be primarily political. Technical measures can only work once African peoples have taken control of their own societies.
  8. The Crisis in Zaire
    Myths and Realities

    Resource Type: Book
    In this book major theories of African development are examined through a case study of the long-term political and economic crisis in Zaire. What is unusual is that the analysts are both Zairians and Westerners and represent a variety of scholarly disciplines. The results are rewarding both for understanding Zaire and for stimulating new approaches to research on African development.
  9. Eritrea
    Struggle for Independence

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1989
    One of the longest and most bitter nationalist struggles in Africa is being fought in Eritrea. The Horn of Africa has been the scene of tremendous levels of political upheaval, famine and intermittent war. At the centre of these regional problems is the question of the rights of self-determination of various submerged nationalities. The Eritrean-Ethiopian conflict is perhaps the most costly human tragedy to afflict the region in the last quarter century.
  10. Land, Freedom and Fiction
    History and Ideology in Kenya

    Resource Type: Book
    A unique exploration of the contrasting ways in which the Mau Mau struggle for land and independence was mirrored in the novels of settler writers, English authors at home, and subsequently indigenous Kenyan novelists. The author explores the relationships between historical events, the myths that are cultivated to serve particular social interests, and literary creation.
  11. Nationalization
    A Road to Socialism?

    Resource Type: Book
    In this study, Dianne Bolton takes the example of Tanzania to explore whether nationalization has altered relations of production in the agricultural export sector, and improved the position of workers. She finds close continuities between colonial and post-colonial Tanzania, and similarities between the nationalized and remaining private sisal plantations.
  12. Nelson Mandela
    The Struggle Is My Life

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1990
    This is an updated account of Nelson Mandela's speeches and political writings from both his days as leader of the African Congress Youth League in 1944 to his release from prison in 1990. The excerpts from his trial are riveting and revealing of the governments mind-set on apertheid. Mandela emerges as a man with patience, thoughtfulness and character. The text is enhanced with an index and new photographs.
  13. The Next Liberation Struggle
    Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy in Southern Africa

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2005
    An indispensable guide to understanding how the resources of that era can be used to contribute to real liberation for the region and for the continent of Africa as a whole.
  14. On Transforming Africa
    Discourse with Africa's Leaders

    Resource Type: Book
    Hadjor believes that people have stopped asking questions about Africa. The depth of Africa's crisis seems to evoke passivity rather than serious discussion about solutions. But Hadjor argues that with Africa on the verge of a historic disaster, silence would be criminal. On Transforming Africa attempts to provide an explanation of the failures of the past and to force embarrassing issues out into the open.
  15. A Political Economy of the African Crisis
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1989
    The economies of almost all African countries are in a state of crisis, and in some cases actual disintegration. This is a crisis not of natural disasters, but of human making, and in dramatic detail, Professor Onimode shows how this is now reflected in African countries' contracting economies, soaring unemployment, mounting external debts, and periodic outbreaks of famine. He examines the role of multinational corporations, the export of capital, and class and economic distortions.
  16. Popular Struggles for Democracy in Africa
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1989
    In this book, leading African and Caribbean scholars examine the forms of popular alliance being forged, the demands for 'a second independence', and what they may presage for the future of the Continent. Theoretical questions concerning the nature of the state in Africa - the context of local class formations and the global pressures of capitalism - are explored in essays by Harry Goulbourne, Abdelali Doumou, and Samir Amin.
  17. Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Africa
    Essays in Contemporary Politics

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1989
    In this collection of essays, one of Africa's most eminent political scientists investigates crucial problems confronting the African continent: its chronic instability and sectional conflict, the nature of class rule and the failure of the post-colonial state to deliver on the promises of independence. The relevance of Marxist theory to an understanding of Africa's social reality is explored, and a theory of national liberation, based on the ideas of Amilcar Cabral, developed.
  18. The Rise and Fall of Nigeria's Second Republic, 1979-1984
    Resource Type: Book
    The result of a year's intensive investigations before the coup that toppled the Shagari government, this work is a comprehensive account of the past four years of civilian rule in Nigeria. This book analyses the social and economic forces underlying the sweep of political events, and accelerating contradictions that precipitated the latest coup. Falola and Ihonvbere are two of Nigeria's leading marxist historians and writers.
  19. The Socialist Register 1974
    Volume 11: A survey of Movements & Ideas

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1974
  20. Which Way Africa?
    The Search for a New Society

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1971
    Davison sets out to analyze the social, economic, political motives, myths, ideas, and beliefs which ounderlie modern African nationalism.
  21. Zimbabwe: One state, one faith, one lord
    Resource Type: Article
    The one-party system of Zimbabwe.

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