The Great Boer War

The Great Boer War

Arthur Conan Doyle

A non-fiction work on the Boer War. From the Preface: ‘During the course of the war some sixteen Editions of this work have appeared, each of which was, I hope, a little more full and accurate than that which preceded it. I may fairly claim, however, that the absolute mistakes made have been few in number, and that I have never had occasion to reverse, and seldom to modify, the judgments which I have formed. In this final edition the early…

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The Crime of the Congo

The Crime of the Congo

Arthur Conan Doyle

The Crime of the Congo is a 1909 book about human rights abuses in the Congo Free State, a private state established and controlled by the King of the Belgians, Leopold II. The book was intended as an exposé of the situation in the so-called Congo Free State, an area occupied and designated as the personal property of Leopold II of Belgium and where the serious human rights abuses were occurring. Indigenous…

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In the Heart of Africa

In the Heart of Africa

Samuel W. Baker

A journal of a British explorer and big game hunter. Chapter subjects include: The Nubian Desert: Egypt’s Rule of the Soudan; The Arabs’ Exodus; Wives Among the Arabs; On the Abyssinian border; Sacred shrines and epidemics; The Hamran elephant-hunters; Abyssinian slave-girls; The Soudan under Egyptian rule; and more.

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The Ban of the Bori, Demons and Demon-Dancing in West and North Africa

The Ban of the Bori, Demons and Demon-Dancing in West and North Africa

A. J. N. Tremearne

Fully illustrated. Chapters include: The Origin of the Hausa Colonies in North Africa; Totemism and King-killing; Personal Enhancement and Dress; Habitations and Domestic Life; Birth and Puberty; Death and the After-Life; Magic. The Saints and the Magicians; Magic in the House—Love Charms; Magic in the House—Self-Preservation; Magic in the Fields—^Agriculture, etc; Magic in the Fields—Hunting, etc; Superstitions and Omens; Bori…

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History of Egypt From 330 B.C. to the Present Time, Volume 3

History of Egypt From 330 B.C. to the Present Time, Volume 3

A. S. Rappoport

Subjects include; The Ideal of the Crusader —Saladin’s Campaign— Richard I. in Palestine— Siege of Damietta—St. Louis in Egypt — The Mamluks—Beybars’ Policy; Napoleon’s campaign — Battles of the Pyramids and of Abukir— Siege of Acre—Kleber’s administration- The evacuation of Egypt; Mehemet’s rise to power— Massacre of the Mamluks— Invasion of the Morea—Battle of the Navarino — Struggle with the Porte— Abbas Pasha, Muhammed Said, and Ismail Pasha…

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History of Egypt From 330 B.C. to the Present Time, Volume 2

History of Egypt From 330 B.C. to the Present Time, Volume 2

A. S. Rappoport

Subjects include; The Roman Dominion on the Nile — Settlement of the Egyptian Frontiers—Religious Developments — Rebellions; The Ascendency of the New Religion — The Arian Controversies— The Zenith of Monasticism — The Final Struggle of Paganism — The Decline of Alexandria; and, The Rise of Muhammedanism — The Arabic Conquest of Egypt— The Ommayad and Abbasid Dynasties.

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History of Egypt From 330 B.C. to the Present Time, Volume 1

History of Egypt From 330 B.C. to the Present Time, Volume 1

A. S. Rappoport

Subjects include; Alexandria as the meeting-place of Western and Eastern Culture—The blending of Jewish and Greek Ideals; Alexander the Great— Cleomenes ( 332-323 b. c.); Ptolemy governs Egypt, overcomes Perdiccas, and establishes a Dynasty; Treaty with Rome — Expansion of Trade— Alexandrian Culture — The Septuagint; The struggle for Syria—Decline of the Dynasty—Advent of Roman Control; The Syrian Invasion —The Jews and the Bible…

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Hausa Folklore

Hausa Folklore

Maalam Shaihu

Published in 1913, this is a delightful collection of 21 folk tales. The book has an introductory section which details the history of the Hausa people and their relation to Islam. The tales themselves are collected directly from a Hausa Storyteller.

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At the Back of the Black Man’s Mind

At the Back of the Black Man's Mind

R. E. Dennett

Fully illustrated. Published in 1906, this book looks at Bantu and Yoruba spiritual practices and philosophy, including nature worship, sacred kingship, and shamanism. R. E. Dennett spent many years studying West African folklore, culture, and religion at the turn of the 19th century. Chapters include Sacred Lands And Rivers, Measures, Signs, And Symbols, Coronation Of A King In The Kongo, Benin Districts…

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Native Life in South Africa

Native Life in South Africa

Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje

Chapters include: A Retrospect; The Grim Struggle between Right and Wrong, and the Latter Carries the Day; The Natives’ Land Act; One Night with the Fugitives; Another Night with the Sufferers; Our Indebtedness to White Women; Persecution of Coloured Women in the Orange Free State; At Thaba Ncho: A Secretarial Fiasco; IX The Fateful 13; Dr. Abdurahman, President of the A.P.O. / Dr. A. Abdurahman, M.P.C.; The Natives’ Land Act in Cape…

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Darkwater, Voices from Within the Veil

Darkwater, Voices from Within the Veil

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois

Darkwater: Voices From Within the Veil incorporates autobiographical information as well as essays, spirituals, and poems. Several of its essays are personal in nature, with obvious emotional rhetoric. The style maintains a religious tone and his spirituality is a common thread in many of the individual essays. Described in varying tones of black and brown, a Christ-like figure of racial hope is prevalent, signifying the coming moment…

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