Africa in the Indian Ocean

Islands in Ebb and Flow


The four sovereign Indian Ocean states of Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles, the two French overseas departments of Mayotte and Reunion, as well as the British colony of BIOT (Chagos), all form part of Africa. As insular nations and territories in an increasingly globalized, militarized and largely unregulated ocean, they face particular challenges. Commonly overlooked in the fields of African and international studies, this text traces the islands’ history and explores their diverse contemporary social, political and economic trajectories. From human settlement and slavery to conflict resolution and piracy, the relations with continental Africa and the African Union feature prominently. Richly sourced, this comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to Africa’s Indian Ocean islands covers a significant lacuna.

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Tor Sellström, Ph.D.hc (Uppsala 2011) lived and worked in Africa for most of the period 1977-2010. He has published several monographs, book chapters and articles on African affairs, including the two-volume study Sweden and National Liberation in Southern Africa.
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Introduction: From Zanj to Maersk
Madagascar: Old Cultures, Contemporary Crises
Comoros: Legacies of Monsoon Trade and Un-Finished Independence
Reunion, Mauritius and Seychelles: Creole Islands in Development
Mayotte and Chagos: Colonialism Continued


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Indian Ocean Place Names: Index
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Students of African affairs; practitioners in international organizations, the diplomatic service and the NGO sector with an interest in the Indian Ocean world; as well as academic and public libraries.
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