Newcomers in Australia found and took rich pastures made by Aboriginal fire. Without fire, pastures would revert to forest or scrub.
Two previously unknown chapters of a 19th century French botanist’s journal offer insights into his fears and ambitions, scientific observations, and discussions of the effects of colonisation.
Maman Creppy was one of Togo’s original Nana Benzes who had created a powerful wax cloth empire.
Officially, sovereignty has been put to bed with three straight independence referendum defeats. But France is continuing to devolve powers to its territory in an ambitious power-sharing experiment.
With over 200 publications to his name, his three most recent books give a sense of why he is so famous as a historian.
Changes in southern African rock art reflect the mixing of groups of people after they came into contact with each other.
The ravages of climate change and hunger do not occur in isolation, but are part of the system we have built.
As they negotiate with Mauritius, British leaders are mostly interested in securing guarantees that America’s military interests will not be harmed by a transfer of authority to Port Louis.
As a language of instruction, French has long held a prominent place in Senegal’s institutions and media. But Wolof, the most spoken national language, has regained its lost places.
Is it possible to disentangle the personal attributes of a gentle and kindly woman, from her role as the crowned head of a declining global empire that waged numerous wars? Many don’t think so.
Columbus’s was the last of at least seven discoveries of the Americas.
Colonisation, genocide and changes in official languages have resulted in the hybridisation of languages. A mix of Kinyarwanda, French and English is dubbed kinyafranglais.
Lumumba’s death triggered students and created a generation of activists that pushed for total liberation from exploitation and oppression.
The IPCC’s latest climate report discusses how colonialism has shaped climate, a breakthrough for the climate justice movement.
L'huile de palme est l'une des denrées agricoles les plus disputées du 21ème siècle, mais sa relation avec l’homme remonte à des milliers d'années.
Water rights are beginning to be allocated to Indigenous Australians – but there’s a long way to go to reverse the legal fiction of aqua nullius.
Can a poem tell us more about the past than a history book?
Palm oil is one of the 21st century’s most contentious agricultural commodities, but its relationship with humans goes back thousands of years.
The Kenya that Njonjo sought to create was the ‘greatest living example of democracy, justice and peace’ – but there was no space for the poor.
Attention is on the UK to relinquish its hold on the islands. What’s missing is an acknowledgment of the enduring role of the US in this international crime.