Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783609888 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786990655 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America only

A History of Africa

Hosea Jaffe

A History of Africa

Hosea Jaffe

Distributed for Zed Books

With a New Foreword by Samir Amin
176 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783609888 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786990655 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Spanning more than two thousand years of African history, from the African Iron Age to the collapse of colonialism and the beginnings of independence, Hosea Jaffe’s magisterial work remains one of the only books to fully capture the continent’s complex and diverse past. 

The great strength of Jaffe’s work lies in its unique theoretical perspective, which stresses the distinctive character of Africa’s social structures and historical development. Crucially, Jaffe rejects all efforts to impose Eurocentric models of history onto Africa, whether it be liberal notions of progress or Marxist theories of class struggle, and he argues instead that the
key dynamics underpinning African history are unique to the continent itself, and rooted in conflicts between different modes of production. 

This edition of Jaffe’s authoritative history includes a new foreword by the distinguished economist and political theorist Samir Amin, which outlines the contribution of Jaffe’s work to our understanding of African history and its ongoing post-colonial struggles. 
 
Contents
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Preface by Samir Amin
 
Part One: African Communism and Despotism
The Present as Colonialised Past
The African Iron Ages
Gentile Communism
Egypt, Nubia, Meroe, Axum
The European and Non-European Modes of Production
The Communal-Despotic Dialectic
No Property in Land and People
Zanj
Tribal Despotisms
The Pre-Colonial ‘Surplus Axis’
The ‘Khaldoun’ Class Struggle
Primitive Communism
The ‘African-European’ Mixed Mode of Production in Ethiopia
African Communal Despotism
Notes
 
Part Two: European Colonialism-Resistance and Collaboration
Colonialism as Genesis of Europe
The Resistance-Collaboration Contradiction
Colonialism as Genesis of Race
Types of Racial Colonies
Liberatory Despots or Despotic Liberators?
Capitalist Retribalization
Notes
 
Part Three: Africa in the Inter-National Class Struggle
Imperialism as Fascism
Early South African Anti-Racist Class Struggles
Political Strikes in Africa
The Racist European Semi-Proletariat
Racist Liberalism
The Imperialist Missionaries
Indirect Rule: No National Bourgeoisie
‘Pre-Capitalist Economy’ or Capitalist Labour Reserves
The Proletarian Peasantry
The Location Sub-Bourgeoisie
Forms of Wage-Labour
Notes
 
Part Four: Imperialism- African Emancipation
Early Cape Political Movements
West African Socialism
Senegal: From Diagne to Senghor
South Africa: ‘White’ Communism
Between the Wars: An African ‘Indian Summer’
National Wars- Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco
Constitutional Nationalism- East and West Africa
The New Dependence- Independence
European Democrats and African Despots
The International Relations of Production
Paradoxes and Accidents: the African Revolution
Notes
 
Select Bibliography
Index  
 
Review Quotes
Samir Amin, from the foreword

“[Jaffe’s] views are indeed stimulating and should reopen a discussion of great importance. I cannot but welcome this History of Africa which our comrade Hosea Jaffe offers us.”

Richard Pankhurst, Royal Asiatic Society

“Hosea Jaffe, an incisive thinker, presents a very readable analysis of African history. His book, which is of major theoretical importance, provides many insights into African nationalist, class and other struggles, past present and future.”

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