History journals

Africa (International African Institute and Edinburgh Univ. Press)
Their "editorial policy encourages an interdisciplinary approach, involving the social sciences, history, the environment and life sciences." Has the table of contents for the last few years. Libraries pay $580-$725 which includes the annual Africa Bibliography. See also http://www.internationalafricaninstitute.org/journal.html Edinburgh UP site: http://www.euppublishing.com/journal/afr

African Economic History (Madison, Wisconsin)
Published by the African Studies Program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Some of the table of contents are online. http://africa.wisc.edu/publications/aeh/index.htm

African Nebula
Pubished by Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria, College of Humanities and Culture. Full text is online. Vol. 1, No.1, appeared February 2010. Articles on history, literature, film, etc. Many on Nigeria. http://www.nobleworld.biz/africannebula.html

African Research and Documentation
Journal of SCOLMA, Standing Conference on Library Materials on Africa. SCOLMA is a forum for librarians and others interested in "the provision of materials for African studies in libraries in the United Kingdom. Has the table of contents of recent issues. http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/scolma/ardmain.htm

African Review of Books
Reviews of African books, publishing and book news, book fairs, information relating to Africa's publishing industry and African scholarship. Will cover all books (fiction, children's, non-fiction, coffee-table books), has a free e-newsletter. Details of Africa's 100 best books with excerpts from the books. Founded by Raks Seakhoa and Richard Bartlett. Based in Salisbury, U.K. with a Johannesburg office. http://www.africanreviewofbooks.com/

African Studies Abstracts Online (Leiden, Netherlands)
Excellent annotated index of articles from periodicals, chapters from edited works and collective volumes on Africa in the field of the social sciences and the humanities. To be published four times a year. "Each issue also contains a geographical index, a subject index, an author index, and a list of journals and edited works abstracted in that issue." The first issue is No. 1, 2003, 115 pages, in Adobe pdf. Online version of African Studies Abstracts, compiled by the Afrika-Studiecentrum in Leiden, Netherlands. http://asc.leidenuniv.nl/library/abstracts/asa-online/index.html

Afrika Zamani (Dakar)
In French. Published by CODESRIA for the Association of African Historians. Annual. Full text articles in English, Arabic, French and Portuguese. http://www.codesria.org/Links/Publications/Journals/afrika_zamani.htm

Afrique & Histoire
In French. Published by Editions Verdier. Has the table of contents, selectons from some articles. Founded by Pierre BOILLEY, Jean-Pierre CHRETIEN, François-Xavier FAUVELLE-AYMAR, Bertrand HIRSCH. See also: http://mald.univ-paris1.fr/revues/afrihist.htm http://www.editions-verdier.fr/afrique/

Afriques (Paris)
In French and English. E-journal published by Centre d’études des mondes africains, Paris, France. "une revue internationale d’histoire des mondes africains, qui privilégie les époques antérieures au XIXe siècle" Issue No. 1, Printemps 2010 has the theme Les chemins de l’identité en Afrique du XVe au XXe siècle. Indexes - author, keyword, geographic entity. http://afriques.revues.org/

American Historical Association - Directory of History Journals
Find English language history journals by geographic emphasis or keyword. http://www.historians.org/pubs/free/journals/

American Historical Review
Journal of the American Historical Association, the main scholarly association for U.S. historians. Has tables of contents of the latest issue and past issues. Has the full text of articles and book reviews for those at institutions which subscribe to JSTOR.  http://www.indiana.edu/~ahr/

Ankh, Revue d'egyptologie et des civilisations africaines
In French and English. Has the table of contents. "Elle est dirigee par le professeur Theophile Obenga, egyptologue et linguiste repute, et ses collaborateurs sont des universitaires de divers pays." Published by the Association KHEPERA, France. On the Ankh web site. http://www.ankhonline.com/revue.htm

Annales Aequatoria (Mbandaka)
In French and English. Published by the Centre equatoria, Centre de Recherches Culturelles Africanistes, near Mbandaka, Dem. Rep. of the Congo (Kinshasa). There is an index (by subjects and dates) covering 1937-1962 and an index (subjects, authors, book reviews, maps, illustrations, dates) covering 1980 and following issues. E-mail: vinck.aequatoria@belgacom.net

Association for History and Computing. Journal
Full text articles, book reviews, reviews of e-sources http://mcel.pacificu.edu/JAHC/JAHCindex.HTM

Azania: Journal of the British Institute in Eastern Africa (Nairobi, Kenya)
"The Institute promotes research into the archaeology, pre-colonial history and related studies of eastern Africa, broadly defined (roughly between the Zambezi and the Nile basins)." Has the table of contents. http://britac3.britac.ac.uk/institutes/eafrica

Botswana Notes and Records
Journal of the Botswana Society. http://humanities.ub.bw/history/bsoc/bspub.htm

Cahiers Histoire et Civilisations (Dakar)
Published by the Universite Cheikh Anta Diop, Département d'Histoire. The table of contents and article abstracts are online. http://tekrur-ucad.refer.sn

Clio en Afrique
In French. No. 1, printemps 1997, of an electronic journal from the Groupe de recherche (GDR) 1118 du CNRS, "Histoire de l'Afrique: Memoires et Identites (XVIIeme-XXeme siecles)". Based at the Universite de Provence.  http://www.up.univ-mrs.fr/~wclio-af/ The first issue includes:

  • "L'Afrique du sud a la recherche de son passe. Une enquete historiographique".
  • A selective list of French doctoral theses from 1995-janv.1997
  • African history titles, in French, published 1995-1997
  • The table of contents of Islam et societes au sud du sahara, no. 10, dec. 1996
  • Summaries of two theses
  • Conferences held

No. 2, 1997 has an article by Fabienne Le Hou?rou, "Le miracle erythreen", a bibliographic essay by Jean-Pierre Chretien, "Le genocide rwandais", recent doctoral theses, publications, conferences. Clio en Afrique No. 3 has a List of theses en cours, a bibliography on Namibia, an article on the historical geography of Cape Town, an editorial in French by  Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch on Afro-pessimism, etc.

Cold War International History Project (Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars) http://cwihp.si.edu
Their Bulletin has full text reports. Select Bulletin 8-9, "Cold War in the Third World" for articles such as:

New Evidence on the Cold War in Southern Africa

  • Havana's Policy in Africa, 1959-76: New Evidence from Cuban Archives, by Piero Gleijeses
  • Fidel Castro's 1977 Southern Africa Tour: A Report to Honecker
  • Moscow and the Angolan Crisis, by Odd Arne Westad
  • Soviet Documents on Angola and Southern Africa, 1975-1979

Anatomy of a Third World Cold War Crisis: New East-bloc Evidence on the Horn of Africa, 1977-1978.

  • The Horn, the Cold War, and New Documents from the Former East-bloc: An Ethiopian View, by Ermias Abebe
  • Moscow, Mengistu, and the Horn, by Paul B. Henze
  • East Germany and the Horn Crisis: Documents on SED Afrikapolitik, by Christian F. Ostermann
  • Russian and East German Documents on the Horn of Africa, 1977-1978

Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME)
The tables of contents. Full text for Vol. XXII | Nos. 1& 2 (2002). Index for Vols. 1-19, 1981-1999. Libraries pay $45. Editorial office: Department of History, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. Publisher: Duke University Press Journals Division, Durham, NC. [KF] http://www.cssaame.ilstu.edu/

Congo-Meuse (Bruxelles, Belgium)
In French. Annual "publication du Centre d'Études des Littératures belge et congolaise de Langue française (CELIBECO), réalisée en coopération avec les Archives et Musée de la Littérature (AML),..." Has the table of contents. http://www.aml.cfwb.be/congo.htm

Critical African Studies
Sponsored by the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh. Full text articles and abstracts are on-line. "seeks to return Africanist scholarship to the heart of theoretical innovation within each of its constituent disciplines." http://www.criticalafricanstudies.ed.ac.uk/

Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography
Issue No. 1 (which appeared Nov. 1996) is "Guides, Collections, & Ancillary Materials to African Archival Resources in the United States" by John Bruce Howell and Yvette Scheven, is an online list of published guides to African archives. The journal, at the University of Iowa, is a refereed online journal of bibliographies on any aspect of Africa. The Guide includes lists of inventories, finding lists, annual reports, etc. arranged by countries, regions, and language areas. http://sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/ejab/

Estudos Mocambicanos (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Centro de Estudos Africanos)
Full text online of the journal from 1980, No. 1 through 2014, No. 23. Includes the English edition for Nos. 1-2 published as Mozambican Studies (see the last sentence of each article of the Estudos Mocambicanos issues 1 and 2.). Based at the Mozambique History Net maintained by Colin Darch. http://www.mozambiquehistory.net/estmoc.php

Le Fait Missionnaire (Lausanne, Switzerland)
In English and French. Has the table of contents for this print journal on missionary history in Africa. A selection of articles are online in Adobe pdf. Includes conference announcements, a directory of sites on Religion in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Angola, and Namibia, and links to related sites. [KF]. http://www2.unil.ch/lefaitmissionnaire/
Full text online:

Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations
"...founded in September 1976 to engage in the analysis of large-scale social change over long periods of historical time." Has issues of their Newsletter, the table of contents of their journal, Review. Based at the State University of New York at Binghamton, New York. http://fbc.binghamton.edu/

Gazette du MALD
In French. Monthly e-newsletter of the Laboratoire Mutations Africaines dans la Longue Durée (unité mixte de recherche CNRS-Université Paris-I). Le MALD (directeur Pierre Boilley) réunit trois centres : le Centre d'Études Juridiques et Politiques du Monde Africain (CEJPMA), le Centre de Recherches Africaines (CRA) et le Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Juridique de Paris (LAJP). Older issues are online. Includes lists of theses. http://mald.univ-paris1.fr/outils/gazette/presentgaz.htm

Ghana Studies (College Station, TX)
Journal of the Ghana Studies Council. Has the table of contents, editorial board. http://people.tamu.edu/%7Eyarak/ghana_studies.html

L'Histoire (Paris)
In French. Has the table of contents. Search for article citations on Africa by subject or author. Examples - Le pillage de l'Afrique equatoriale, by Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch, La Guinee de Sekou Toure a vingt ans, by Jean Lacouture, Rene Caillie et les chemins de Tombouctou, by Bernard Nantet, Zanzibar, a terre d'esclaves  by Sophie Picon, Il n'y a pas de guerre ethnique au Rwanda !, by Jean-Pierre Chretien. http://www.histoire.presse.fr/

Historia, Journal of the Historical Society of South Africa
Has the table of contents, abstracts and full text articles. Based at the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa. http://journals.sabinet.co.za/hist/

Historical Society of Ghana. Transactions (Legon, Ghana)
Information on subscriptions. http://www.hf.ntnu.no/hist/asafo/transactions.htm

History and Theory (Middletown, CT)
"...an international journal devoted to the theory and philosophy of history. It also manages a discussion network, and sponsors an informational email list. Has the table of contents, abstracts. The Dec. 2000, No. 39 issue has a South African theme. Dec. 1993, No. 32 is on "History Making in Africa." Published at Wesleyan University in affiliation with Blackwell Publishers. http://www.historyandtheory.org/

History in Africa
Edited by Dr. David Henige, University of Wisconsin. "focuses on historiographical and methodological concerns and publishes textual analysis and criticism, historiographical essays, bibliographical essays, archival reports and articles on the role of theory and non-historical data in historical investigation....Published Annually." http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/%7Ecallasa/asa_publicationslist.htm

Itinerario, European Journal of Overseas History  (Leiden)
Quarterly journal of the Institute for the History of European Expansion, Leiden University and official journal of the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction. Has the table of contents of past issues. http://www.itinerario.nl/

Jahrbuch fur europaische Uberseegeschichte (Wiesbaden, Germany)
Annual, in German, published by der Forschungsstiftung für vergleichende europäische Überseegeschichte. (Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz.) Has the table of contents. Examples of articles (Paul Jenkins: Sources of Unexpected Light. Experiences with Old Mission Photographs in Research on Overseas History) and book reviews (Johannes Leo der Afrikaner und seine Beschreibung des Raumes zwischen Nil und Niger nach dem Urtext; Prinzessin Salme von Oman und Sansibar: Leben im Sultanspalast; Grundbesitz, Landkonflikte und kolonialer Wandel. Duala 1880 bis 1960). [KF] http://www.uni-bayreuth.de/departments/neueste/FVEUG/Seiten/publikationen/publikationen.html

Journal des Africanistes (Paris)
In French. Site does not work in older Netscape browsers. Journal of the Société des Africanistes. Has the table of contents and abstracts, an index by ethnic group. Formerly Journal de la Societe des Africanistes. http://www.mae.u-paris10.fr/africanistes/journal.htm

Journal Indexes - Africa South of the Sahara
Sources for finding journal articles on African topics. http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/jourindex.html

Journal of African Archaeology (Frankfurt)
In English and French. Published by Africa Magna Verlag, Frankfurt. Editorial office at J.-W. Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Began publication 2003; published twice a year. http://www.african-archaeology.de

Journal of African History
Major African history journal. Published by Cambridge University Press. Many universities offer their members full text access online. http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=AFH

Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History (Baltimore, Maryland)
Published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Full text access requires a subscription through Project Muse; many colleges subscribe. http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_colonialism_and_colonial_history

Journal of Eastern African Studies
Journal of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Published by Routledge. Articles in the humanities and social sciences, especially archaeology, history, linguistics and anthropology of Eastern Africa. Encourages interdisciplinary analysis. http://www.informaworld.com/RJEA or http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~db=all~content=t770239509~tab=summary

Journal of Imperial and Post-Colonial Historical Studies (East Lansing, MI)
An interdisciplinary publication sponsored by graduate students at Michigan State University and Rutgers University. Vol. 1, No. 1 was published in 2000. Only issue published? Has the program for its inaugural conference February 12-14, 1999 at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Journal of Islamic Manuscripts (Cambridge, U.K.)
Published by The Islamic Manuscript Association and Brill Academic Publishers. Subscribers thru Brill have online access to the articles. http://www.islamicmanuscript.org/publications/journal-of-islamic-manuscripts.aspx

Journal of Namibian Studies (Essen, Germany)
Published by Otjivanda Presse, Essen, Germany. An interdisciplinary journal covering the humanities and the social sciences. Online articles, primary sources, book reviews. http://www.namibian-studies.com/

Journal of Natal and Zulu History
Published by University of Natal, Durban. History Department. Subscription information only. http://www.history.und.ac.za/journal_of_natal_and_zulu_histor.htm

Journal of the Association for History and Computing
"This journal is sponsored by the American Association for History and Computing, organized at a conference held in Cincinatti in 1997. The AHC aspires to promote and develop interest in the use of computers in all types of historical study at every level, in both teaching and research." Published at Pacific University in Oregon. http://ssd1.cas.pacificu.edu/history/jahc/jahcindex.htm

Journal of World History
Official journal of the World History Association. Published by the University of Hawaii Press. http://www.historycooperative.org/jwhindex.html
Articles include:

Journal of World Systems (Baltimore, MD)
Has full text articles and past issues from Vol. 1. Vol. 6, No. 2-3, Summer/Fall - Fall/Winter 2000 are a special Festschrift for Emmanual Wallerstein. http://csf.colorado.edu/jwsr/

Journals for African Studies A-I - Africa South of the Sahara
Journals and magazines for African Studies in general. http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/journal.html

Journals for African Studies J-Z - Africa South of the Sahara
Journals and magazines for African Studies in general. http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/journ2.html

JSTOR - Full-text Articles
For universities which subscribe to JSTOR, full-text articles from:

  • The American Historical Review
  • The Journal of Economic History
  • The Journal of Military History
  • Military Affairs
  • The Journal of Modern History are available on-line.


Kleio (Unisa, South Africa)
Annual journal, published by UNISA Press [University of South Africa]. Has the full text online of Nos. 31-34, 1999-2002. "articles published in this journal are wide-ranging and not confined to South African history. It also serves as a forum for the publication of articles by honours and MA students on a wide range of subjects such as political, engineering, environmental and gender issues." http://www.unisa.ac.za/default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=937

Kronos: Journal of Cape History=Tydskrif vir Kaaplandse Geskiedenis
"...published annually by the University of the Western Cape Institute for Historical Research. It is a forum for the presentation and discussion of original research relating primarily to Cape history from pre-colonial times to the present." Has the table of contents. http://www.uwc.ac.za/arts/ihr/kronos

Lagos Historical Review (Lagos)
Based at the Department of History & Strategic Studies, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria. Table of contents and abstracts. http://www.ajol.info/journal_index.php?ab=lhr

Lusotopie (Paris)
From the Association des chercheurs de la revue Lusotopie. Pub. by Editions Karthala, Paris. Abstracts in French, Portuguese, English. Full text articles on-line. Annual academic journal first published in 1994. Political analysis of Portuguese-speaking countries. Search by keyword across all issues in English, Portuguese, and French. http://www.cean.u-bordeaux.fr/lusotopie/

Mande Studies (Madison, Wisconsin)
Journal of the Mande Studies Association (MANSA), a multidisplinary group with interests in the Mande region of West Africa. Has the table of contents. MANSA also publishes a print newsletter. http://uweb.txstate.edu/anthropology/mansa/mande_studies.htm

Military History - (Leesburg, Virginia: PRIMEDIA History Group, a division of PRIMEDIA Special Interest Publications)
The History Net is maintained by the National Historical Society, a U.S.-based membership organization of history enthusiasts. Mainly on U.S. history but has articles from Military History magazine on Ethiopia's Victory at Adowa, on the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War, a dramatic (1879) Zulu reversal at Khambula, and an account of the 1976 hijack of an Air France plane to Uganda. One can search their article database. http://www.thehistorynet.com/

National Research Foundation (South Africa)
Locate historical journals published worldwide through the Nexus database. Click on Periodical Submissions. http://star.nrf.ac.za/index.html

New York Times Book Reviews
Search their Books Archive for past book reviews from 1980 to date from the New York Times and the New York Times Book Review section by author, title, subject. Seaching on an African country generally pulls up one or more titles. The site is updated daily and includes the complete Sunday Book Review section. Read the first chapters from a selection of best sellers and recently reviewed books.  http://www.nytimes.com/books/

Outre-Mers (Revue d'histoire)
Published by the Société française d'histoire d'outre-mer, "une association qui réunit des universitaires, des érudits et des professionnels du monde de l’entreprise et de l’administration pour valoriser les recherches sur l’histoire des monde des outre-mers..." Table of contents online. Based in Saint-Denis, France. [KF] http://www.sfhom.com

postamble (Cape Town)
Multidisciplinary e-journal publishing original postgraduate work. Based at the Center for African Studies, University of Cape Town. A peer-reviewed journal edited by an editorial committee of students and academic staff from the Faculty of Humanities, UCT. http://www.africanstudies.uct.ac.za/postamble/

Project Muse - History
Full text articles, for subscribers only, to titles such as Africa Today (Indiana University Press), Callaloo, Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Journal of Democracy, Journal of World History, Research in African Literatures, Transition (edited by Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gate, Jr.), World Politics. Has a Search thru all journals or selected ones only. A important resource for subscribers. From Johns Hopkins University Press. http://muse.jhu.edu/muse.html

Journal from the University of Botswana. Subscription information only. http://humanities.ub.bw/history/ac/pub.htm#pula

Quinzaine coloniale (Paris)
In French. Full text issues of the 1901-1913 indexes are online. http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb34425263p/date.r=presence+africaine.langEN

Revue S?n?galaise d'Histoire (Dakar)
In French Published by the Universite Cheikh Anta Diop, Département d'Histoire. Full text articles online. http://tekrur-ucad.refer.sn

Saharan Studies Association Newsletter (Menlo Park, California)
The full text of the Newsletters from Vol. 1, No. 1, 1993 to date are online, in Adobe pdf. The Saharan Studies Association are an international group of scholars associated with the African Studies Assoc. of the U.S. Topics include archaeology, Arabic manuscripts, slavery, Muslims and colonial rule. The Newsletter editor is David Gutelius. http://www.ssa.sri.com/

Slavery and Abolition (Abingdon, U.K.)
Table of contents online; full text access requires a subscription which some universities have. Has an annual bibliography on slavery. "journal devoted in its entirety to a discussion of the demographic, socio-economic, historical and psychological aspects of human bondage from the ancient period to the present. It is also concerned with the dismantling of the slave systems and with the legacy of slavery." Published by Taylor & Francis, U. K. http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/0144039x.asp

South African Historical Journal (Rondebosch)
Published by the South African Historical Society. Based at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa. http://web.uct.ac.za/depts/history/sahs/

Studies in the World History of Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation
Ceased publication. The Internet Archive has limited content. E-journal edited by Patrick Manning, John Saillant and Anthony Henderson-Whyte. Essays, documents, images, bibliographies and database information relevant to the history of slavery, abolition, and emancipation. Vol. 1, No. 1 is August 1996. http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/~slavery/

Sudanic Africa, Journal of Historical Sources
Has the Table of Contents, the Notes & Communications, and a list of books for Nos. 1 + ; 1990 +. http://www.hf.uib.no/smi/sa/

SUGIA, Sprache und Geschichte in Afrika (Frankfurt)
Has the tables of contents. Features African langauges and history. Based at Institut fur Afrikanische Sprachwissenschaften, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universit?t, Frankfurt / Main. http://www.koeppe.de/html/e_sugia.htm

Tanzania Zamani (Dar es Salaam)
Journal of the Historical Association of Tanzania and the Department of History, University of Dar es Salaam. Distributed by the Tanzania Studies Association. http://www.udsm.ac.tz/drp/tanza_zaman.php

Viva: a Bibliography of Women's History in Historical and Women's Studies Journals
From the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Includes historical citations to articles from 1995 onwards on women in African history from AfricaBib, compiled by Davis Bullwinkle. http://www.iisg.nl/~womhist/vivahome.html

World History Connected
Published by the University of Illinois Press; its institutional home is Washington State University. Full text issues online. Volume 2, Number 1, November 2004 covers Africa:

Yoruba Studies Review
Subscription required. "a refereed biannual journal dedicated to the study of the experience of the Yoruba peoples and their descendants globally." Hosted by The University of Texas at Austin, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, The University of Florida, Gainesville. https://sites.utexas.edu/yoruba-studies-review/