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Angola's Colossal Lie

Forced Labor on a Sugar Plantation, 1913-1977


Jeremy Ball

Angola's Colossal Lie. Forced Labor on a Sugar Plantation, 1913-1977 is the first in-depth study of forced labor on a Portuguese-owned sugar plantation in colonial Angola. A prominent Portuguese civil servant dubbed the labor system in Angola a “colossal lie” because the reality so contradicted the law. Using extensive oral history interviews with former forced laborers, Jeremy Ball explains how Angolans experienced forced labor. Ball also interviews former Portuguese administrators to provide multiple perspectives about the transition to independence and the nationalization of the plantation.

Securing Wilderness Landscapes in South Africa

Nick Steele, Private Wildlife Conservancies and Saving Rhinos


Harry Wels

Private wildlife conservation is booming business in South Africa! Nick Steele stood at the cradle of this development in the politically turbulent 1970s and 1980s, by stimulating farmers in Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal) to pool resources in order to restore wilderness landscapes, but at the same time improve their security situation in cooperative conservancy structures. His involvement in Operation Rhino in the 1960s and subsequent networks to save the rhino from extinction, brought him into controversial military (oriented) networks around the Western world. The author’s unique access to his private diaries paints a personal picture of this controversial conservationist.

Maxim Matusevich

Communism and faithful to the general political line set in Moscow. Lovett Fort-Whiteman, a Comintern activist and one of the fi rst radical black Americans to have claimed Moscow as his home, facilitated the recruitment and arrival of the fi rst batch of African-Americans in the Soviet Union. In the

Generations Apart

Pre-Immigration Experiences and Transnationalism among Ethiopian Immigrants in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area

Kassahun Kebede

. “Some of the kids who embraced communism steered the country in the wrong direction. They blindly pushed the country into an abyss. We told them to think twice,” said Tesse as he lectured me on his version of Ethiopian history, politics, and culture. Few Royalists acknowledge how the glorious Ethiopia