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28 June 2023


Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

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Zheng He’s Voyages to Africa in the 15th Century

The Maritime Silk and Porcelain Road

Editor: Li Xinfeng

Publication: AISA

ISBN (soft cover): 978-0-7983-0538-9   
Format: 240mm x 168mm

Extent: 390pp

Price: R325

About the book

Zheng He, a great Chinese navigator and messenger of peace, expanded the Maritime Silk Road, which connected China with the rest of the world more than 600 years ago. Zheng He’s fleet visited four countries and peoples  along the Indian Ocean coast of East Africa during his seven epic voyages, laying the groundwork for later friendship and cooperation between Africa and China. The journey was a manifestation of traditional Chinese philosophy, which values harmony.

Readers can expect an in-depth and multi-faceted account of Zheng He’s voyages to Africa, from the impact and significance of his arrival on the continent to the relationships he formed with African people.


Taking African research to the world

The BRICS in Africa

Promoting Development?

Volume Editors: Funeka Y. April, Barwa Kanyane, Yul Derek Davids & Krish Chetty

Publication: HSRC Press

ISBN (soft cover): 978-0-7969-2637-1

Format: 168mm x 240mm

Extent: 450pp

Price: R295

About the book

The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) nations have become a strong engine for South-South cooperation. The most significant outcome of the emergence of the BRICS bloc is the shift it has made in the global balance of power. In the past decade, commercial and strategic engagements between BRICS and Africa have accelerated. The BRICS countries constitute Africa’s largest trading partners and new investors. This cooperation has nourished Africa’s economic emergence and elevated the continent’s global position.

The authors seek to determine the impact of the BRICS-Africa cooperation and partnerships, mainly through the New Industrial Revolution, financial technologies, infrastructure, economic growth and development in health. It also critiques the relevance of the BRICS New Development Bank in the post-COVID-19 era, examines governance and accountability mechanisms, and explores strategies that address gender developmental disparities and inequalities in BRICS and Africa.

Humanity’s quest for perpetual peace and common prosperity is at the heart of the BRICS agenda and long-term vision. This important study makes a significant intellectual contribution to the realisation of that vision. This book is essential reading for all scholars, researchers and policymakers who are interested in multilateralism, the BRICS, and the peaceful and constructive transformation of the global system. It is hoped that readers will be inspired, motivated and challenged to contribute to the BRICS debate going forward.


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