by Clare Doyle

“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.” — Arundhati Roy, War Talk, 2003.

This issue of OTH Bookshelf comprises more than 100 academic open access title on the topics of colonialism and imperialism, focusing on books that would be of most interest and value to HSS scholars and students. 

The titles on this list cover locations ranging from Ghana to Guam, from India to Ireland, from Latin America to Sub-Saharan Africa. These works look as far back in time as the Ottoman and the Roman Empires to remind us that colonies and empires as forces have been with us for most of human history. However, books like Rocio Zambrano’s Colonial Debts: The Case of Puerto Rico (Duke University Press, 2021), examining the concept of neoliberal coloniality in light of Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, make us ponder how colonialism in some form is still with us today.

The OTH list includes the book’s author or editor names, title and title remainder, year of publication, publisher, and open access format (PDF, EPUB, MOBI, etc.) Subject headings in the list are taken from WorldCat records or Library of Congress records, if available: if not, original cataloging of subject headings is provided in WorldCat format, for consistency. The DOI (Digital Object Identifier) of the book is given if it is available on the publisher’s website; if not, the URL is provided. The ISBNs listed are for the online version of the book if available, and if more than one online ISBN is available the ISBN for the PDF version has been preferred; if there is not an online or e-book ISBN, the ISBN featured on the publisher’s website is included. The book’s license type (Creative Commons, etc.), terms of use or copyright restrictions are included if these have been provided by the publisher.

OTH Bookshelf:  Colonies and Empires lists titles from some 30 publishers: if our readers are aware of any title or publishers that are not included, please feel free to submit them for consideration. (To be included in OTH Bookshelf, a book must be available to read online and/or download for free and must have been assigned an ISBN.) And we welcome your suggestions for topics that might be covered in a future issue of OTH Bookshelf.

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TitleAuthor 1 LastAuthor 1 FirstEditor 1Author 2 LastAuthor 2 FirstEditor 2Author 3 LastAuthor 3 FirstEditor 3YearPublisherFormatISBNSubject 1Subject 2Subject 3DOI or URLLicence or Terms of Use
A Colonial Affair: Commerce, Conversion, and Scandal in French IndiaAgmonDanna2017Cornell University PressEPUB, PDF9.78E+12French India Puducherry (Union Territory) -- History -- 18th centuryFrench Company of the East Indies Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
A Global History of Convicts and Penal ColoniesAndersonClareeditor2018Bloomsbury AcademicPDF978-1-3500-0068-1Convict labor--Cross-cultural studiesConvictlabor -- HistoryImperialism--Cross-cultural studies10.5040/9781350000704Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 International Licence
Practicing Decoloniality in Museums: A Guide with Global ExamplesArieseCsillaWroblewskaMagdalena2021Amsterdam University PressPDF9.79E+12Museums -- Collection management -- Moral and ethical aspectsDecolonizationMuseums -- Social aspects Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Early Public Libraries and Colonial Citizenship in the British Southern HemisphereAtkinLaraeditor2019Palgrave MacmillanPDF978-3-030-20426-6Books and reading -- Social aspects -- Southern Hemisphere -- History -- 19th centuryPublic libraries -- Commonwealth countries -- History -- 19th century Commons Attribution -- 4.0 International Licence
Spatial Histories of Occupation: Colonialism, Conquest and Foreign Control in AsiaBaillargeonDavideditorTaylorJeremy E.2022Bloomsbury AcademicPDF978-1-3502-5261-5Asia -- Foreign relationsColonies -- AsiaImperialism -- History10.5040/9781350257023Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Licence
Administering the Empire, 1801-1968: A Guide to the Records of the Colonial Office in the National Archives of the UKBantonMandy2020University of London PressPDF9.78E+12Great Britain -- Colonial Office -- Archives10.14296/0920.9781912702787Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Outcasts of Empire: Japan’s Rule on Taiwan’s “Savage Border,” 1874–1945BarclayPaul D.2017University of California PressEPUB, PDF, MOBI978-0-520-96880-6Japan -- Colonies -- HistoryTaiwan -- History Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Licence
The Politics of Housing in (Post-)Colonial Africa: Accommodating Workers and Urban ResidentsBarker-CiganikovaMartinaeditor2020De Gruyter OldenbourgPDF978-3-11-060118-3Housing policy -- AfricaPostcolonialism Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Sharing Breath: Embodied Learning and DecolonizationBatacharyaSheilaeditorWongYuk-Lin Renitaeditor2018Athabasca University PressPDF9.78E+12Critical pedagogyDecolonization Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Violent Becomings: State Formation, Sociality, and Power in MozambiqueBertelsenBjorn Enge2016Berghahn BooksEPUB, PDF978-1-78533-236-4Mozambique -- Politics and governmentNation-building -- MozambiquePostcolonialism Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Decolonising the UniversityBhambraGurminder K.editorGebrialDaliaeditorNişancıoğluKeremeditor2018Pluto PressPDF9.78E+12Cultural pluralism -- Study and teaching (Higher)Education, Higher -- Social aspectsDecolonization Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Contagion and Enclaves: Tropical Medicine in Colonial IndiaBhattacharyaNandini2012Liverpool University PressPDF9.78E+12Medical care -- India -- History -- 19th centurySegregation -- India -- History --19th centuryColonialism -- India10.2307/j.ctt5vjf2jCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Stories of Women: Gender and Narrative in the Postcolonial NationBoehmerElieke2017Manchester University PressPDF9.78E+12English literature -- English-speaking countries -- History and criticism.Women in literaturePostcolonialism in literature. Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Congoville: Contemporary Artists Tracing Colonial TracksBoonsPietereditorColardSandrine2021Leuven University PressPDF9.79E+12Performance artDecolonizationMiddelheim Museum10.11116/9789461663948All rights reserved
Colonial Legacies: Economic and Social Development in East and Southeast AsiaBoothAnne2007University of Hawaiʻi PressPDF9.78E+12East Asia -- Colonial influenceSoutheast Asia -- Colonial influence Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
The Teacher and the Superintendent: Native Schooling in the Alaskan Interior, 1904-1918BoulterGeorge E.editorGrigor-TaylorBarbaraeditor2015Athabasca University PressPDF9.78E+12Alaska -- Natives -- Government policy -- History --20th centuryAlaska -- Natives -- Education -- History -- 20th centuryBoulter, George E., 1864-1917 -- Correspondence Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Post-Ottoman Coexistence: Sharing Space in the Shadow of ConflictBryantRebeccaeditor2016Berghahn BooksEPUB, PDF978-1-78533-124-4Middle East -- Social conditionsOttoman EmpirePostcolonialism Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Plague, Quarantines and Geopolitics in the Ottoman EmpireBulmusBirsen2012Edinburgh University PressEPUB, PDF9.78E+12Plague historyQuarantine -- Political aspects -- HistoriographyOttoman Empire Commons Attribution -- 4.0 International Licence
(Post-)colonial Archipelagos: Comparing the Legacies of Spanish Colonialism in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the PhilippinesBurchardtHans-JurgeneditorLeiniusJohannaeditor2022University of Michigan PressEPUB9.78E+12Cuba -- ColonizationPhilippines -- ColonizationPuerto Rico -- Colonization10.1353/book.99931Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Sharpening the Haze: Visual Essays on Imperial History and MemoryCarabelliGiuliaeditor2020Ubiquity PressEPUB, PDF, MOBI978-1-911529-65-1Imperialism -- HistoryCollective memory Commons Attribution -- 4.0 Licence
The Importance of Being Monogamous: Marriage and Nation Building in Western Canada in 1915CarterSarah2008Athabasca University PressPDF9.78E+12Indian women -- Canada, Western -- History -- 19th centuryMormons -- Canada, Western -- History -- 19th centuryMarriage -- Canada, Western -- History -- 19th century Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada
Art Activism for an Anticolonial FutureCastellanoCarlos Garrido2021SUNY PressEPUB, PDF9.78E+12Art -- Political aspectsArt and social actionDecolonization in art Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Anti-Japan: The Politics of Sentiment in Postcolonial East AsiaChingLeo2019Duke University PressPDF9.78E+12Japan -- Foreign public opinion, East AsianJapan -- Relations -- East AsiaImperialism -- History -- 20th century Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported Licence
The Dutch and English East India Companies: Diplomacy, Trade and Violence in Early Modern AsiaClulowAdameditorMostertTristaneditor2018Amsterdam University PressPDF9.79E+12East India Company -- HistoryColonial companies -- Asia -- History Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
On Sovereignty and Other Political DelusionsCocksJoan2014Bloomsbury AcademicPDF978-1-7809-3356-6SovereigntyPostcolonialism10.5040/9781780933573
Ghosts of Colonies Past and Present: Spanish Imperialism in the Fiction of Benito Pérez Galdós:CoffeyMary L.2020Liverpool University PressPDF9.78E+12Imperialism in literaturePérez Galdós, Benito, 1843-1920 Criticism and interpretation Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
We Are Coming Home: Repatriation and the Restoration of Blackfoot Cultural ConfidenceConatyGerald T.editor2015Athabasca University PressPDF9.78E+12Cultural property -- Repatriation -- AlbertaGlenbow MuseumBlackfeet Indians -- Material culture Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Knowing Women: Same-Sex Intimacy, Gender, and Identity in Postcolonial GhanaDankwaSerena Owusua2021Cambridge University PressPDF9.78E+12Lesbianism--Ghana--HistoryWomen--GhanaGender identity--Ghana Core Terms of Use
Diamonds and War: State, Capital, and Labor in British-Ruled PalestineDe VriesDavid2010Berghahn BooksEPUB, PDF978-1-84545-633-7Diamond cutting industry -- Israel -- History -- 20th centuryEretz Israel -- Economic conditions -- 1917-1948, British Mandate period10.3167/9781845456337Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Indigenous Resurgence: Decolonialization and Movements for Environmental JusticeDhillonJaskiraneditor2022Berghahn BooksPDF978-1-80073-245-2Environmental justiceIndigenous peoplesDecolonization Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Spanish Colonial Tucson: A Demographic HistoryDobynsHenry F.2019University of Arizona PressEPUB978-0-8165-3878-2Tucson (Ariz.) -- Population -- HistoryTucson (Ariz.) -- Colonial influences Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Remembering the South African War: Britain and the Memory of the Anglo-Boer War, from 1899 to the PresentDonaldsonPeter2018Liverpool University PressPDF9.78E+12South African War, 1899-1902Great Britain -- Colonies -- History Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Collective Memory and the Dutch East Indies: Unremembering DecolonizationDoolanPaul M.M.2021Amsterdam University PressPDF9.79E+12Indonesia -- History -- 1798-1942Collective memory -- NetherlandsDecolonization -- Netherlands Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Postcolonial Piracy Media: Distribution and Cultural Production in the Global SouthEcksteinLarseditorSchwarzAnja2014Bloomsbury AcademicPDF978-1-4725-1944-3Piracy (Copyright) -- Developing countriesPiracy (Copyright) -- Economic aspectsPiracy (Copyright) Social aspects10.5040/9781472519450
We Dream Together: Dominican Independence, Haiti, and the Fight for Caribbean FreedomEllerAnne2016Duke University PressPDF9.78E+12Dominican Republic -- Politics and government -- 1844-1930Dominican Republic -- Relations -- HaitiCaribbean Area -- History -- Autonomy and independence movements10.1215/9780822373766Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Women Writing Portuguese Colonialism in AfricaFerreiraAna Paula2020Liverpool University PressPDF978-1-789-62824-1Portuguese literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.Imperialism in literaturePostcolonialism in literature. Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Decolonizing Diasporas: Radical Mappings of Afro-Atlantic LiteratureFigueroa-VásquezYomaira2020Northwestern University PressPDF9.78E+12African diaspora in literatureDecolonization in literatureLiterary criticism Commons Attribution -- 4.0 International Licence
In Search of the Amazon: Brazil, the United States and the Nature of a RegionGarfieldSeth2013Duke University PressPDF9.78E+12Rubber industry and trade -- Amazon River Region -- History -- 20th centuryBrazil -- Foreign economic relations -- United StatesWorld War, 1939-1945 -- Economic aspects -- Amazon River Region10.26530/oapen_469256Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Colonial Australian Fiction: Character Types, Social Formations and the Colonial EconomyGelderKenWeaverRachael2017Sydney University PressPDF9.78E+12Australian literature -- 19th century -- History and criticismColonies in literature Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Beyond the State: The Colonial Medical Service in British AfricaGreenwoodAnnaed2019Manchester University PressPDF, HTML9.78E+12Great Britain -- Colonial Medical ServiceHealth services administration -- Africa, East -- HistoryBritish -- Africa
Ethnology and Empire: Languages, Literature, and the Making of the North American BorderlandsGunnRobert Lawrence2015NYU PressEPUB9.78E+12United States -- Territorial expansion -- Social aspectsIndians of North America -- LanguagesBorderlands -- North America -- History -- 19th century10.18574/nyu/9781479842582.001.0001Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
Creolizing Europe: Legacies and TransformationsGutiérrez RodríguezEncarnaciónTateShirley Anne2015Liverpool University PressPDF9.78E+12Black people -- Social aspects -- EuropeCreoles -- Social aspects -- EuropePostcolonialism Social aspects Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Eurafrica: The Untold History of European Integration and ColonialismHansenPeoeditorJonssonStefan2014Bloomsbury AcademicPDF978-1-7809-3001-5Colonies -- Africa -- HistoryAfrica -- Foreign relations -- EuropeGeopolitics -- Africa10.5040/9781472544506
Distant Companions: Servants and Employers in Zambia, 1900–1985HansenKaren Tranberg2018Cornell University PressEPUB, PDF9.78E+12Household employees -- Zambia -- History -- 20th centuryZambia -- Colonial influence Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Our Civilizing Mission: The Lessons of Colonial EducationHarrisonNigel2019Liverpool University PressPDF9.78E+12Education -- Algeria -- HistoryEducation, ColonialColonialism Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
The Twilight of the British Empire: British Intelligence and Counter-Subversion in the Middle East, 1948–63HashimotoChikara2019Edinburgh University PressEPUB, PDF9.78E+12Intelligence service -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th centuryGreat Britain -- Foreign relations -- Middle EastImperialism Commons Attribution -- 4.0 International Licence
Colonial Impotence: Virtue and Violence in a Congolese Concession (1911–1940)HenrietBenoit2021De Gruyter OldenbourgEPUB, PDF9.78E+12Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History -- 1908-1960Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Colonial influence Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Three and a Half Powers: The New Balance in AsiaHintonHarold C.1975Indiana University PressEPUB978-0-253-05061-8Asia -- Foreign relations -- United StatesPostcolonialism Commons Attribution CC-BY-NC-ND
Colonialism, Institutional Change, and Shifts in Global Labour RelationsHofmeesterKarineditorde ZwartKimeditor2018Amsterdam University PressPDF9.79E+12Colonies -- Economic aspects -- HistoryIndustrial relations -- HistoryLabor relations Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported Licence
The Impact of the Roman Empire on Landscapes: Proceedings of the Fourteenth Workshop of the International Network Impact of Empire (Mainz, June 12-15, 2019)HorsterMariettaeditorHachlerNikolaseditor2021BrillPDF978-90-04-41144-9Rome -- History -- Empire, 30 B.C.-284 A.DLand use -- Rome -- History Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Sitting in Darkness: Mark Twain's Asia and Comparative RacializationHsuHsuan L.2015NYU PressEPUB9.78E+12Race in literatureImperialism in literatureTwain, Mark, 1835-1910 -- Criticism and interpretation10.18574/nyu/9781479880416.001.0001Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
Colonialism, Culture, Whales: The Cetacean QuartetHugganGraeme2018Bloomsbury AcademicPDF978-1-3500-1091-8Whaling -- HistoryPostcolonialism10.5040/9781350010925Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
An Imperialist Love Story: Desert Romances and the War on TerrorJarmakaniAmira2015NYU PressEPUB9.78E+12East and West in literatureErotic stories, American -- History and criticismImperialism -- Social aspects10.33682/nyu/9781479896059.001.0001Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
Environing Empire: Nature, Infrastructure and the Making of German Southwest AfricaKalbMartin2022Berghahn BooksEPUB, PDF978-1-80073-290-2Namibia -- Colonization -- Environmental aspectsGermany -- Colonies -- HistoryNamibia -- History -- 1884-191510.3167/9781800732902Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Sacred Men: Law, Torture, and Retribution in GuamKamachoKeith2019Duke University PressPDF9.78E+12Guam -- History -- Japanese occupation, 1941-1944War crime trials -- Guam -- History --20th century Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported Licence
Becoming Muslim in Imperial Russia: Conversion, Apostasy, and LiteracyKefeliAgnes2015Cornell University PressPDF9.78E+12Islam Russia (Federation) -- Tatarstan -- HistoryApostasy Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Imperial Matter: Ancient Persia and the Archaeology of EmpiresKhatchadourianLori2016University of California PressEPUB, PDF, MOBI978-0-520-96495-2Archaeology and history -- Caucasus, SouthArchaeology and history -- IranImperialism -- Social aspects Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + ShareAlike 4.0 License
The Upper Guinea Coast in Global PerspectiveKnorrJacquelineeditorKohlChristophe2016Berghahn BooksEPUB, PDF978-1-78533-069-8Globalization -- Political aspects -- Guinea (Region)Postcolonialism Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Decolonizing Colonial Heritage: New Agendas, Actors and Practices in and Beyond EuropeKnudsenBritta Timmeditor2021Taylor & FrancisPDF9.78E+12Europe -- Colonies -- HistoriographyCollective memoryDecolonization Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives
Rethinking Authority in the Carolingian Empire: Ideals and Expectations during the Reign of Louis the Pious (813-828)KramerRutger2019Amsterdam University PressPDF9.79E+12Church and state -- France -- History -- To 1500CarolingiansAuthority -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Empires and Communities in the Post-Roman and Islamic World, C. 400-1000 CEKramerRutgereditorPohlWaltereditor2021Oxford University PressPDF9.78E+12Imperialism -- History -- To 1500East and WestCivilization, Medieval Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Imperial Emotions: Cultural Responses to Myths of Empire in Fin-de-Siècle SpainKrauelJavier2013Liverpool University PressPDF9.78E+12Spain -- History -- 1868-1931Collective memory -- SpainImperialism -- History10.2307/j.ctt5vjk68Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in The CommonwealthLennoxCorinneeditorWaitesMattheweditor2013University of London PressPDF978-1-912250-13-4Gays -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Commonwealth countriesLesbians -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Commonwealth countriesTransgender people -- Legal status, laws, etc. Commonwealth countries Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Orb And Sceptre: Studies in British Imperialism and Its Legacies, in Honour of Norman EtheringtonLimbPeter2008Monash University PressEPUB9.78E+12British Empire -- HistoriographyGreat Britain -- Colonies -- History Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
New Perspectives on the History of Gender and Empire: Comparative and Global ApproachesLindnerUlrikeeditorLerpDorteeditor2018Bloomsbury AcademicPDF978-1-3500-5632-9Colonization -- Social aspectsImperialism -- Social aspectsSex role -- History10.5040/9781350056343Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Postcoloniality: the French DimensionMajumdarMargaret A.2007Berghahn BooksEPUB, PDF978-1-84545-252-0Postcolonialism -- French-speaking countriesFrance -- Colonies -- History Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Globalizing Cricket: Englishness, Empire and IdentityMalcolmDonald2013Bloomsbury AcademicPDF978-1-8496-6559-9Cricket -- Social aspects -- HistoryImperialism -- Social aspectsNational characteristics, English10.5040/9781849665605
A History of Education for the Many: From Colonization and Slavery to the Decline of US ImperialismMalottCurry2021Bloomsbury AcademicPDF978-1-3500-8572-5Democracy and education--United States--HistoryEducation and globalization10.5040/9781350085749Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives Licence
Strangers in a Strange Land: Occidentalist Publics and Orientalist Geographies in Nineteenth‐Century Georgian ImaginariesManningPaul2012Academic Studies PressPDF9.78E+12Intellectuals -- Georgia (Republic) --History -- 19th centuryGroup identityColonialism10.2307/j.ctt1zxsjjcCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Race, Tea and Colonial Resettlement: Imperial Families, InterruptedMcCabeJane2017Bloomsbury AcademicPDF978-1-4742-9952-7Racially mixed people--India--History--20th centuryTea plantations--Social aspects--India--History--20th century.Imperialism--Social aspects--India--History--20th century10.5040/9781474299534Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 International Licence
Placing Empire: Travel and the Social Imagination in Imperial JapanMcDonaldKate2017University of California PressEPUB, PDF, MOBI978-0-520-96723-6Japan --Colonies -- Description and travelTourism -- Political aspects -- Japan 20th century Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Licence
Metroimperial Intimacies: Fantasy, Racial-Sexual Governance, and the Philippines in U.S. Imperialism, 1899-1913MendozaVictor Roman2015Duke University PressPDF9.78E+12Imperialism—Social aspects—Philippines—History—20th centuryUnited States—Territories and possessions—History—20th centuryColonial administrators—Philippines—Attitudes—History—20th century10.1353/book.64129Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Swift, the Book, and the Irish Financial Revolution: Satire and Sovereignty in Colonial IrelandMooreSean D.2010Johns Hopkins University PressEPUB, PDF9.78E+12Ireland -- History -- Autonomy and independence movementsIreland -- Economic conditionsSwift, Jonathan, 1667-1745 -- Criticism and interpretation10.1353/book.475Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
The Roman Empire: Roots of ImperialismMorleyNeville2010Pluto PressPDF9.78E+12Rome (Empire) -- HistoryRome -- CivilizationImperialism -- History Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Cultural Worlds of the Jesuits in Colonial Latin AmericaNewsomLindaeditor2020University of London PressPDF978-1-908857-75-0Jesuits -- Latin America -- InfluenceLatin American -- Colonial influenceLatin America -- Civilization10.14296/520.978190885775Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
The Form of Ideology and the Ideology of Form: Cold War, Decolonization and Third World Print CulturesOrsiniFrancescaeditorSrivastavaNeelameditorZecchiniLaetitiaeditor2022Open Book PublishersPDF, HTML978-1-80064-190-7Transmission of texts -- History -- 20th century Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Dangerous Gifts: Imperialism, Security, and Civil Wars in the Levant, 1798-1864OzavciOzan2021Oxford University PressPDF9.78E+12Civil war -- Middle East -- History -- 19th centuryMiddle East -- Foreign relationsImperialism Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Licence
Israel and Empire: A Postcolonial History of Israel and Early JudaismPerdueLeo G.editorCarterWarrenLindnerBakerColemaneditor2015Bloomsbury AcademicPDF978-0-5672-8051-0Bible -- History of Biblical eventsEretz Israel -- History -- To 70 A.DBible -- Old Testament -- Postcolonial criticism10.5040/9780567669797Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Female Imperialism and National Identity: The Imperial Order Daughters of the EmpirePicklesKatie2018Manchester University PressPDF9.78E+12Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire -- HistoryWomen -- Canada -- History Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
Inventing the Third World: In Search of Freedom for the Postwar Global SouthPrakashGyaneditorAdelmanJeremyeditor2022Bloomsbury AcademicPDF978-1-3502-6816-6Developing countries -- Foreign relations10.5040/9781350277380Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives Licence
The Audacious Raconteur: Sovereignty and Storytelling in Colonial IndiaPrasadLeela2021Cornell University PressEPUB, PDF9.78E+12Politics and literature -- India -- HistoryColonialism -- IndiaStorytelling -- Political aspects -- India Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
An Historical Account of the Black Empire of HaytiRainsfordMarcus2013Duke University PressPDF9.78E+12Haiti—History -- To 1791Haiti—History—Revolution, 1791–1804Toussaint Louverture, François Dominique, 1743-1803 Commons Attribution -- 4.0 Licence
Imperial Muslims: Islam, Community and Authority in the Indian Ocean, 1839-1937ReeseScott S.2017Edinburgh University PressEPUB, PDF9.78E+12Muslims -- Indian Ocean Region -- History -- 19th centuryGreat Britain -- Colonies Commons Attribution -- 4.0 International Licence
Colonial Powers and Ethiopian Frontiers 1880–1884RubensonSvened2021Manchester University PressPDF, HTML9.79E+12Ethiopia -- HistoryImperialism -- History
Imagined Homelands: British Poetry in the ColoniesRudyJason R.2017Johns Hopkins University PressPDF9.78E+12Commonwealth poetry (English) -- History and criticismColonies in literatureImperialism in literature10.1353/book.56466Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Lithuania in Crisis: Nationalism to Communism, 1939-1940SabliunasLeonas2021Indiana University PressEPUB9.78E+12Nationalism -- Lithuania -- History -- 20th centuryWorld War, 1939-1945 -- Lithuania Commons Attribution CC-BY-NC-ND
Disciplinary Conquest: U.S. Scholars in South America, 1900-1945SalvatoreRicardo2016Duke University PressPDF9.78E+12Latin America -- Civilization -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United StatesImperialism10.1215/9780822374503Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
The Vanguard of the Atlantic World: Creating Modernity, Nation, and Democracy in Nineteenth-Century Latin AmericaSandersJames2014Duke University PressPDF9.78E+12Latin America -- Politics and government -- 19th centuryDemocracy -- History -- 19th century Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Ever Faithful: Race, Loyalty and the Ends of Empire in Spanish CubaSartoriousDavid2014Duke University PressPDF9.78E+12Black people -- Race identity -- Cuba -- History -- 19th centurySpain -- Colonies -- America -- Administration -- History -- 19th centuryCuba -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century10.26530/OAPEN_469253Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
BRICS and the New American Imperialism: Global Rivalry and ResistanceSatgarVishwaseditor2020Wits University PressPDF978-1-77614-576-8BRIC countries -- Foreign economic relationsImperialism -- Economic aspectsUnited States -- Foreign relations10.18772/22020035287Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Affective Disorders: Emotion in Colonial and Postcolonial LiteratureScottBede2019Liverpool University PressPDF9.78E+12Imperialism in literaturePostcolonialism in literatureEmotions in literature10.2307/j.ctvt6rj7fCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Uneven Encounters: Making Race and Nation in Brazil and the United StatesSeigelMicol2009Duke University PressPDF9.78E+12Brazil -- Race relations -- History -- 20th centuryNationalism—Brazil—History—20th centuryRacism—Brazil—History—20th century Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
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by Lee Walton

A little over one year ago, I came to New York University with the mission of supporting The Third Chapter Project, Inc. (TCP) by studying International Education and Development. In the past year, I have come to respect that the education inequities and the root causes/solutions we find in Africa are quite complex. Just like the proverbial elephant, no single touch can adequately describe the whole animal. No amount of theory in the classroom can prepare you for what is happening in the field. Spending eight weeks in three African countries made me realize that, just like the children’s game of whack-a-mole, for every well-intentioned solution, another problem pops up.

TCP was founded to support higher education in humanities and social science by increasing access to digital scholarly knowledge and expanding the dissemination of knowledge products of African scholars through publishing and disseminating their work. When I started TCP, I was not fully aware that the issue I was trying to address was impacted by the intricate web of the education system. What I came to realize was that teachers are at the heart of this. Quality scholarly output is only a step in the cycle of education and can only be accomplished by scholars who have had an education that prepares them for higher education. This is a cyclical issue. Basic, or primary education needs to have well-educated and trained teachers to provide quality education for children, but if governmental and nonprofit agencies focus only on grades K-12, then how does the system expect to improve teacher quality without supporting higher education? This issue further amplifies the economic inequalities within these countries and the global community.

In Kampala, Uganda, I met with the Vice Chancellor of a well-respected university. He shared with me stories of professors ghosting classes, students who would receive good grades to keep quiet about missing classes, and students who were truant but expected good grades anyway. In Ghana, we heard about low teacher salaries and low standards for admission into the profession. We saw teachers coping with inadequate resources and large classes. In South Africa, we spoke to the Secretary General of the South African National Commission for UNESCO, the director of Basic Education, and the staff at the National Research Foundation. Of the 83% of students that pass their matric test (to move on from high school), only 23% are prepared for the rigors of university. We saw afterschool programs that are trying to bridge that knowledge gap among children in the townships, but the statistics are low for these children. According to Dr. Teboho Moja of NYU, only 10% of the first-grade cohort of black township children will make it to high school, and only 5.3% of black Africans ages 18 to 29 are enrolled in universities. The World Bank reported earlier this year that South Africa has the largest income inequality of all 164 reporting countries. Ten percent hold 85% of the wealth and 50% have more debt than assets (Sguazzin, 2021). The country has an overall unemployment rate of 28%, but a rate of 38.6% for blacks. Children of affluent parents go to private schools as do the children of middle-class families who spend disproportionately on education. It is not uncommon for children to be expelled mid-year for late or missed payments. This is similar to the situations in other African countries as stated in the article by Luke Akaguri, when he asks the question “Do poor rural families really have a choice?” (Akaguri, 2014). Akaguri states that because of fees in arrears, the dropout rate for rural Ghanaian children in private schools is about 8%. On top of this, teachers in Africa are insufficiently trained: “In sub-Saharan Africa, only about one-quarter of pre-primary teachers are trained. Upper secondary school teachers have a slightly better ratio: about 50% have training (The Borgen Project, 2017).

The picture is not all bleak. While in Ghana, NYU students had the pleasure of meeting with Denis Elello and Anais Doynaba, and their team at Education International (EI), an international teachers union. Internationally EI is made up of 400 affiliates representing over 32.5 million teachers in 178 countries. EI Accra is a regional office supporting 121 member organizations in fifty-three African countries. Because EI Africa is part of a global federation of teachers’ unions, they have access to a pool of information and resources including best practices for educational issues and systems.  They are setting standards for teacher training certification and advocating for educators with governmental agencies when it involves educational policymaking decisions that shape education systems. They fight for the rights of teachers worldwide and work to promote gender and racial equality issues. With their #Studentsbeforeprofit campaign, EI is pushing back on the global rush to commercialize education through the privatization of schools. This issue is about access to quality education and it has great importance in middle and low-income countries where resources are scarce and marginalized children are often sidelined. 

On September 19, 2022, government leaders were to come together to address teachers’ concerns, especially how to meet the UN sustainability Goal 4 of quality education for all by 2030. EI has been using social media and member activism to increase awareness and influence politicians as well as policymakers.

Teach for the Planet is another campaign that is designed to incorporate climate change and environmental education through science into curricula around the world after witnessing the damage our (wealthy countries’) modernization and consumption attitudes have had on the well-being of African citizens. The garbage we have either produced (fast fashion) or encouraged (plastic use) has no place to go and either piles up, floats out to sea, or is burned (creating toxic air). In 2021, EI introduced a report at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (or, COP26) in Glasgow, titled Education International Climate Change Education Ambition Report Card. This report identifies issues and perpetrators/contributors to the pollution problems and uses education in science and climate change to be the framework for change. 

The current focus of EI Accra regional was on the following:

  1. Advocating for educational financing 
  2. Advocating for UN sustainability goals 
  3. Defending members – protecting working conditions
  4. Democracy and civic educational support
  5. Protecting gender rights
  6. Child labor awareness and advocacy
  7. Advocacy for progressive taxation
  8. Scholarship to encourage women teachers into higher education (15% representation currently)
  9. Capacity building – strengthen unions
  10. Developing frameworks – toolkits for educators
  11. Research into the issues of access and equity 
  12. Mobilization/take action
  13. Policy briefs – What are the issues and what can we do about them?
  14. PACT Pan Africa Teachers Center – support training and professional development
  15. African Women in Education Network (AWEN) – encouraging more women teachers 

Education International represents 3 million teachers in Africa from kindergarten to university. They are a strong force with a good organization, but so much more needs to be done. They are fighting the good fight. Teachers are the backbone of education and education either transforms or replicate the inequalities of hegemony. Circling back to my original statement about the dichotomy between simple perception and complex reality, no one group can undo the structural inequalities found in Africa. But my money is on the teachers . . . it might a long shot, but it is worth it. Future generations depend on it.

Akaguri, Luke. 2014. “Fee-free public or low-fee private basic education in rural Ghana: how does the cost influence the choice of the poor?” Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 44(2):140-161

Borgen Project, The. (July 2017). 10 important facts about education in Africa.

Kwauk, Christina. (May, 2022). Education International. 4 alarming findings about education across countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions.

Sguazzin, Antony. (Aug. 5, 2021) Time. South Africa Wealth Gap Unchanged Since Apartheid, Says World Inequality Lab.


Library Journal is hosting an online workshop and guest speaker program for librarians, “How to Build Diverse Collections“. The program of speakers include a diverse array of library professionals, writers, and other specialists with experience in collection management and strategies, representation, and managing change during  implementation in libraries. Speakers come from both public and higher education backgrounds. 


From Library Journal’s Course Overview: 

“Library collections must be diverse and inclusive, offering windows into, and reflections of the vast array of people, stories and experiences that make up our world.

In this course, you’ll learn from an outstanding group of experts as they explore key concepts essential to cultivating and promoting inclusive and equitable collections. You’ll conduct a diversity and inclusion audit of your collections, and hear about ways to include wider perspectives from and about LGBTQIA people, Black, indigenous, and people of color, and historically underrepresented ethnicities, cultures, and religions. You’ll learn how to ensure that your collections are more reflective of the diversity of  your community and the larger world. 

You’ll complete assignments to complete a diversity and inclusion audit over 3+ weeks in an interactive online classroom environment with personal coaching from an expert in the field. In addition, you’ll have access to our foundational bonus content—rich supporting materials you can explore at your own pace, including a series of webinars from Library Journal and School Library Journal contributors, readings, activities, and videos.”

When & Where? 

The course’s guest speaker sessions will be conducted over Zoom on October 18, 25 and November 1, from 2:00 – 4:30 PM ET. Can’t make it? Don’t worry, each session will be recorded and available for your viewing at your own convenience.  In addition to the live sessions, participants can complete a diversity audit in the 3-week asynchronous workshop, led by an expert librarian who provides written feedback and direction. 


Critical subject matter and value: If you are a librarian, educator, or consultant, or maybe a manager of a library looking for an engaging staff training related to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in collection management, this course is for you and is flexible enough to work on your schedule. 15 professional development credits are available upon completion. 

Actionable items for your library: The audit that the participants of the course will complete will help frame the current strengths and gaps in your current collection, and be key in informing goals and strategies to implement using the tools you will learn in the class. Not only will you look at the collection itself, but how you communicate and engage with your community and users what is available to them and why. 


Central European University Press (CEU Press) is a leading academic source for information, texts, and resources for topics on Ukraine and related topics. As the war in Ukraine continues to be an inflection point of misinformation, politicized accounts of history, and propaganda for those of use reading about the conflict from a distance, this list originally published by CEU Press can help guide your understanding of the conflict’s history and context. 


What was the Russian Empire’s response to the Ukrainian question throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries?

In the long list of CEU Press titles dedicated to the history and culture of Ukraine, from the ancient past to the present, the historical monograph, The Ukrainian Question by Alexei Miller is strikingly relevant to the horrendous and tragic events in Ukraine today.

In line with other national awakenings, the Ukrainian nation-building started in the mid-nineteenth century. Many “Great Russians” like Herzen and Chernyshevskii acknowledged a separate Ukrainian identity, but the government reacted with restrictive measures. Publishing in Ukrainian was suspended, including textbooks and religious texts, and no schooling was provided in the language until 1905.

Alexei Miller demonstrates that the idea of “Little Russia (Ukraine) and White Russia (Belarus) as ‘age-old Russian lands,’ and of the Little Russians and White Russians as parts of the Russian people, came through clearly in the government documents of the day.” Linguistic assimilation of the Little Russianshad advanced rapidly and changed the Great Russian:Little Russian ratio, estimated to have been 2.5:1 at the time. Yet, the All-Russian nation project, the alternative to the Ukrainian nation-building project, had failed. The author explains this fact through the analysis of historical, political, economic, and cultural factors.

“The Ukrainian question” has been the focus of several more outstanding publications of the CEU Press:

Following the curves and flows of the Dnipro River, Along Ukraine’s River by Roman Adrian Cybriwsky provides a cultural geographic tour, beginning with a praise for the exquisite beauty of Scythian gold and the achievements of Kyivan Rus. The author describes the Mongol destruction of Kyiv, the Cossack dominion, the colonization of Ukraine, the epic battles for the river’s bridges in the Second World War, the building of dams and huge reservoirs by the Soviet Union, and the crisis of Chornobyl (Chernobyl).

A Laboratory of Transnational History, edited by Georgiy Kasianov and Philipp Ther, provides a multidimensional history of the cultures, religious denominations, languages, ethical norms, and historical experiences that lead to today’s Ukraine. The editors of this collection demonstrate that “Ukraine’s history lends itself particularly well to the transnational approach since it was not a strong nation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The accidental outcome of this book is the provision of an alternative reader of Ukrainian history, a welcome development for a new nation with a troubled and complex past.”—Slavic Review.

In Heroes and Villains, David Marples engages with the heated debate concerning the role of the armed groups fighting on the Ukrainian fronts during the Second World War. Who were the heroes, and who were the villains? “Nation-building in Ukraine is far from complete, and it seems unlikely that the population from the southern and eastern regions of the country will ever fully internalise the Ukrainian national idea, as it is ingrained in Western Ukraine. An interesting case study of what happens to the discipline of history when it is suddenly set the formidable task of rewriting history and becomes inseparable from political intrigue.”—Europe-Asia Studies.

The Moulding of Ukraine by Katarzyna Wolczuk discusses the politics of formation of the new-born state in the 1990s and offers “two highly convincing points on the national question and on state building. First, the national question was the most important obstacle in adopting the constitution. Second, the process of adopting the constitution was very different from the process in established postcommunist and western states. Constitutionalism was a central element of state building in post-Soviet Ukraine.”—Slavic Review.

The state-building process in Ukraine is compared to that in Lithuania, Belarus, and Russia in another study, State-Building by Verena Fritz. “The timely creation of solid political institutions without the interference of mafia and oligarchic groups leads to better and more effective state-building policies is compelling and persuasive.”—Comparative Political Studies.

An international team of scholars address the complexities of Ukraine’s historical development through the detailed Regionalism without Regions, edited by Oksana Myshlovska and Ulrich Schmid. “The main findings of the research project (probably one of the last ones that include Crimea and Donbas) sheds light on Ukrainian society on the eve of the Euromaidan and thus helps to relativize the deterministic discourse of Ukraine as a regionally-divided country deemed to be disintegrating.”—Slavic Review.

The vibrant bilingual literature of Kharkiv, a historical home of modern Ukrainian culture, has been persistently overlooked as a subject of study, often in Ukraine itself. ‘Shimmering’ Kharkiv is moved from the margins to its rightful place at the center of our attention in Where Currents Meet by Tanya Zaharchenko that explores the ways in which younger writers in this border city in east Ukraine come to grips with a traumatized post-Soviet cultural landscape.         

Few countries match the weight with which historical legacy impacts on here and now. “Cultural and historical diversity, which could have been advantageous for the country, became toxic because of the irresponsible uses and abuses of the past. Ukraine demonstrates how an overabundance of the past blocks future advancement. Moreover, the country’s preoccupation with memory complicates its perception of the world, and conflicts about the past become conflicts in the present.”—from the preface of Memory Crash by Georgiy Kasianov, available in open access.

By going beyond simplistic media interpretations, The War in Ukraine’s Donbas, edited by David Marples, not only identifies the roots of this conflict, but also discusses the impact of Euromaidan and consequent domestic and international developments on the war.  While every chapter discusses a different issue, together they provide a coherent picture of Ukraine and Eastern Europe in the period 2013–2020. The volume gives a voice to different social groups, scholarly communities, and agencies relevant to Ukraine’s recent history.

In addition to these publications, Ukrainian themes abound across a variety of CEU Press titles — see here to browse their listing.

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