Tuesday, 3 August 2010

New Books - not so new

New additions to our catalogue and collections, but all published some years ago, the following books were all acquired by donation, and fill gaps in our collection:

J. Howard Wallace, Manual of New Zealand History, Wellington: J.H. Wallace, 1886
Written and published by J. Howard Wallace "one of the pioneer settlers of the colony... author of "The Early History of New Zealand"" this book presents a precis of the history fo New Zealand,  intended as a syllabus for students. The book includes a chronological history of New Zealand"from its discovery until the present date" (discovery refering to European discovery not the earlier Maori discovery and settlement), details of government, "spiritual conquest", governors, etc

Ceylon, Report of the Special Committee on Broadcasting in Ceylon, June, 1941, Colombo, Sri Lanka : Ceylon Govt. Press, 1941.
Report of a secial committee established in 1940 to consider broadcasting in Ceylon in all its aspects. The report includes a historical survey of radio broadcasting in Ceylon and compares development with that of India. The report makes recommendations relating to transmitting equipment to extend the coverage of broadcasts, improvements to existing studios, rural broadcasting, programme content, and the organisation of the broadcasting service.

Kenneth Bradley, The Colonial Service as a Career, London : H.M.S.O., 1950.
Aimed at young people thinking of making their careers in the Colonial Service, describing the service, the qualities required, life and work in the service, empire building and working towards the Commonwealth. Includes illustrations and photographs.

Kenneth Bradley, A Career in the Oversea Civil Service, London : H.M.S.O., 1955.
Aimed at young people thinking of making their careers in the Overseas Civil Service, with similar content as above, but "nation building" now replacing the 1950's "Empire building" chapter.

Republic of Ghana, Report of the Commission : appointed under the Commissions of Enquiry Act, 1964 (Act 250) to Enquire into the Kwame Nkrumah Properties, [Accra-Tema : Published by the Ministry of Information on Belhalf of the National Liberation Council, 1967]
A report commissioned after the coup in 1966 which overthrew the Nkrumah government. The report in scathingly critical of Nkrumah and suggests that various propoerties were acquired dishonestly and recommends that these be recovered by the government of Ghana. Also known as the Apaloo Commission.

Republic of Ghana, Summary of the report of the Commission of Enquiry into Irregularities and Malpractices in the Grant of Import Licences, Accra-Tema : Ministry of Information, 1967.
Another post-coup report, in this case looking into the granting of export licenses by Mr A.Y.K. Djin, Mr Kwesi Amoako Atta, Mr Ayeh Kumi, Mr Halm and Kweis Armah. The report claims irregularities, confused administration, preferential treatment, fraud and malpractice. The report includes details of specific allegations.

Don Barnett, With the Guerrillas in Angola, Liberation Support Movement, 1970
In this 34 page pamphlet, author Don Barnett outlines a visit to Angola and MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) camps. Barnett describes the situation and routines of the camps, and local villages, as well as noting Portuguese actions and the impact on victims of these actions. The pamphlet includes photographs of guerillas, villagers and some individuals.

Marga Holness, Apartheid's War Against Angola. An account of South African aggression against the People's Republic of Angola, New York, NY : Centre Against Apartheid, United Nations ; Oslo, Norway : World Campaign Against Military and Nuclear Collaboration with South Africa, 1983.
Describes South African actions against Angola, including historic co-operation with the colonial Portuguese government, the "1975-76 invasion", bombing raids, border provocations, infantry attacks and artillery shelling, and continuing acts of agression from 1979 to 1981. Describes the context of South African aggression against the "frontline states", and co-operation between frontline states and national liberation movements, as well as United Nations Security Council condemnations of South African actions.

J.H. Proctor (ed) The Cell System of the Tanganyika African National Union, Dar es Salaam : Tanzania Pub. House, 1971.
A collection of reports, originally written by third year students in the Department of Political Science at the University College, Dar es Salaam, on the ten-house cell structure of the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU). Chapters include: Building party cells in Tanzania; TANU cells: organs of one-party democratic socialism; Cells at work in Iramba; Cells in Dar es Salaam and Bukoba; Cell leaders in Mbulumbulu and the problems of effectiveness; and the operation of TANU cells in Iringa.

Un an après la libération : 5 juin 1977-5 juin 1978 = One year after liberation : 5 June 1977-5 June 1978, [Victoria : Dept. of Administration and Information, Office of the President, Govt. of Seychelles, 1978?]
In English and French, this publication celebrates a year of independence in the Seychelles, and includes: Address by President Rene on Liberation Day 1978; To the heroes... and to the future (speech by President Rene); The aim is food self-sufficiency (speech by Minister of Agriculture and Land Use, Dr Maxime Ferrari); Seychelles development strategy; and photographs of the Liberation Day Parade.
Whose Rubicon? : report of a visit to South Africa by representatives of the British Churches, London : British Council of Churches in association with the Catholic Institute for International Relations, 1986.
Reports on a visit to South Africa in 1985, with chapters on the perception of Urban Blacks; Black views of white attitudes; Political considerations; and Economic factors; as well as reporting on the churches in South Africa, and suggesting tasks for the British Churches in support of the "oppressed black majority". Includes discussion of disinvestment.

Frank Chicane, The Church's Prophetic Witness against the Apartheid System in South Africa (25th February-8th April 1988), Johannesburg : South African Council of Churches, [1988?]
Describes actions by the South African church , after the banning of a number of non-violent and peaceful organisations, severe restictions on the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the Banning of 18 respected leaders of the Black community in the 24th of February 1988. Church leaders took part in a series of actions including statements, a march to parliament, meetings and letters, which are described in this book as well as South African government reaction. Appendices include copies of the Statement, Call to Action and letters to and from the government.

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