Reading List: Black History and IR

The IRSOC Exec team has put together this brief list of phenomenal books to help our community explore Black History and International Relations, seeking to highlight narratives that have often been ignored in mainstream academia. This list is by no means exhaustive, but we hope that it will provide a starting point to engaged readers!

Michelle AlexanderThe New Jim CrowLink
WEB Du BoisBlack Reconstruction in AmericaLink
David OlusogaBlack and British: A Forgotten HistoryLink
Marcus Anthony Hunter and Zandria F. RobinsonChocolate Cities: The Black Map of American LifeLink
Keisha N. Blain and Tiffany M. GillTo Turn the Whole World Over: Black Women and InternationalismLink
Annette Gordon ReedThe Hemingses of MonticelloLink
Robert VitalisWhite World Order, Black Power PoliticsLink
Angela DavisWomen, Race & ClassLink
William Darity and Samuel MyersPersistent Disparity : Race and Economic Inequality in the United States Since 1945Link
Robyn MaynardPolicing Black Lives : State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the PresentLink
Joshua Bloom and Waldo MartinBlack Against Empire: the History and Politics of the Black Panther PartyLink
Frantz FanonThe Wretched of the EarthLink
bell hooksAin’t I a Woman : Black Women and FeminismLink
Robert YoungPostcolonialism : An Historical IntroductionLink
Lasse HeertenThe Biafran War and Postcolonial Humanitarianism: Spectacles of SufferingLink
Jim FreedmanA Conviction in Question : the First Trial at the International Criminal CourtLink
Alcinda HonwanaChild Soldiers in AfricaLink
Hilary MatfessWomen and the War on Boko Haram: Wives, Weapons, WitnessesLink
Mahmood MamdaniWhen Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in RwandaLink
Elinor SisuluGukurahundi in Zimbabwe: A Report on the Disturbances in Matabeleland and the Midlands 1980-1988Link
David KenrickDecolonisation, Identity and Nation in Rhodesia, 1964-1979: A Race Against Time.Link