via HISTORY DEPARTMENT at DUKE UNIVERSITY on OCTOBER 19, 2012: 

Duke University Assistant Professor of History Bruce Hall‘s book A History of Race in Muslim West Africa, 1600-1960 is the co-winner of this year’s Martin A. Klein Award for the best book in African History by the American Historical Association.

Drawing on a wide variety of sources, the author demonstrates the ways in which arguments about race have structured social and political hierarchies in the Niger Bend since the seventeenth century, well before the French colonized the region in the nineteenth century. Hall’s book is a particularly effective blending of intellectual history and cultural anthropology, and is essential reading for all those who hope to understand the deep historical background to the on-going conflicts and civil wars in present-day Mali.This is the author’s first book.

Bruce Hall is Assistant Professor of History at Duke University. This year he is a visiting scholar at Stanford University where he is researching his current project, “Bonds of Trade: Slavery and Commerce in the 19th-century circum-Saharan World.”

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