Kwasi Konadu

Projects in Progress

Empire of God, Land of Gold:
A Story of The Early Modern Gold Rush and Global Empire

Empire of God, Land of Gold: A Story of The Early Modern Gold Rush and Global Empire. Status: writing.

Empire of God, Land of Gold is at once about the gold famine and gold rush that brought Christian Europe to West Africa in the fifteenth century and the divergent paths each region took, but it is also about the irreversible consequences of their encounters and contests in ushering in the age of maritime empire buoyed by West African gold, the transoceanic movement of goods and people, and the transformation or ruin of countless societies on the Atlantic and Indian ocean sides of Africa.

Slaving, Religion, and Racial Ideology in Making the “Modern” World

Slaving, Religion, and Racial Ideology in Making the “Modern” World. Status: draft chapters requiring further revisions.

This book will contribute to major debates in African, Atlantic, and world history concerning the Iberian origin of transatlantic commerce, the place of religious and racial ideology in transoceanic slaving and in the making of “Atlantic” societies, and how African gold, captives, and a network of ideas about Africa(ns) became foundational in the creation of the “modern” world.

Africa’s Gold Coast through Portuguese Sources, 1471-1671

Africa’s Gold Coast through Portuguese Sources, 1471-1671. Status: draft manuscript completed, awaiting revisions; under contract with the British Academy, Fontes Historiae Africanae, New Series – Sources of African History.

Originally planned as a two volume set, this now large, one volume will provide the most comprehensive set of documents in English translation for the African history of the Mina/Gold Coast, but also for the history of Portugal and its global empire and the formation of the so-called Atlantic world. The volumes will feature over 200 translated documents drawn from António Brásio's 22 volumes of transcribed Portuguese materials and from newly discovered archival sources.

Other projects at various stages

A People's History of Jamaica   |   The Transatlantic Slaving Diet    |   The Story of the African Peoples

Select Book Chapters and Articles

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“African Diaspora and Postcolonial Africa,” in Handbook of African Colonial and Postcolonial History, eds. Toyin Falola and Martin S. Shanguhyia (New York: Palgrave, 2018)

“Healing Works: Nana Kofi Dɔnkɔ and the Business of Indigenous Therapeutics,” in Entrepreneurship in African History, ed. Moses Ochonu (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2018)

From Africa to the Americas” and “Transatlantic Slaving (Diet) and Implications for Health in the African Diaspora,” in Legacy of the Crossing: Life, Death and Triumph among Descendants of the World's Largest Forced Migration, ed. Thomas A. LaVeist (New York: Diasporic Africa Press, 2017).

“Atlantic and African Slaving: A Big Book with Big Numbers,” African Studies Review 58, no. 3 (2015): 260-264.

“Was Abina Mansah a ‘Slave’,” in Trevor R. Getz and Liz Clarke, Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic History, 2nd ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).

“Africans and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade,” in African Voices of the Global Past: 1500 to the Present, ed. Trevor R. Getz (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 2013).

“The Calendrical Factor in Akan History,” International Journal of African Historical Studies 45, no. 2 (2012): 217-46.

“Accessing the Archives: Sources, Subjects, and Subjugation in the African World,” in Black Subjects in Africa and its Diasporas: Race and Gender in Research and Writing, eds. Benjamin Talton and Quincy Mills (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)

“The Civil Rights-Black Power Nexus in African American History,” History News Network [online], November 11, 2009.

“Henry M. Turner,” in Encyclopedia of African American History: From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-first Century (1896-2005), ed. Paul Finkelman (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).

“Euro-African Commerce and Social Chaos: Akan Societies in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries,” History in Africa 36 (2009): 265–92.

“Akan Medicine and Encounters with (Medical) Anthropology in Twentieth Century Africa,” African Studies Quarterly 10, nos. 2-3 (2008)