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Samuel Fury Childs Daly, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies

Samuel Fury Childs Daly

Samuel Fury Childs Daly is a historian of twentieth century Africa. His research combines legal, military, and social history to describe Africa's history since independence. His recent book, A History of the Republic of Biafra: Law, Crime, and the Nigerian Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2020), connects the crisis conditions of the Nigerian Civil War to the forms of crime that came to be associated with Nigeria in its wake. Using an original body of legal records from the secessionist Republic of Biafra, it traces how technologies, survival practices, and moral ideologies that emerged in the context of the fighting shaped how crime was practiced and perceived after Biafra’s defeat. By connecting the violence of the battlefield to violent crime, it provides a new perspective on law and politics in Africa after colonialism. This book won the J. Willard Hurst Prize from the Law and Society Association, the Fage & Oliver Prize from the African Studies Association of the United Kingdom, and received honorable mention for the Peter Gonville Stein Book Award from the American Society for Legal History.

Daly’s current project is a transnational history of military desertion over the longue durée. Moving from acts of desertion in the Kongo armies of the 17th century to the African experience in the world wars, it develops a comparative account of this under-appreciated current in African history. Studying desertion reveals that leaving the battlefield is often a productive act. At many points in African history (and in the African diaspora), deserters founded communities, created social orders, and generated new ideas about honor and obligation. Understanding desertion as a social and political decision, rather than an act of individual cowardice, has larger implications for the study of warfare in Africa. His other areas of interest include the global history of drug trading, customary law in the British Empire, and the history of policing and prisons.


Contact Info:
Office Location:  1316 Campus Drive, 243A Friedl, Durham, NC 27708
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Web Pages:  https://duke.box.com/s/2ybzzl5zmem3cyd27dq2q637c8k20p7p

Teaching (Fall 2022):

    Friedl Bdg 126, Tu 01:45 PM-04:15 PM
    (also cross-listed as HISTORY 206.01, ICS 316.01)
    West Duke 108A, Tu 05:15 PM-07:45 PM
    (also cross-listed as HISTORY 446S.01)
Teaching (Spring 2023):

    Friedl Bdg 107, Tu 01:45 PM-04:15 PM
    (also cross-listed as CULANTH 105.01, HISTORY 129.01, ICS 110.01, POLSCI 108.01)
    Friedl Bdg 240, Tu 05:15 PM-07:45 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Daly, SFC, Death in a Black Maria: Transport as punishment in an African carceral state, Punishment & Society, vol. 24 no. 5 (December, 2022), pp. 857-872 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Daly, SFC, Chima J. Korieh. Nigeria and World War II: Colonialism, Empire, and Global Conflict., American Historical Review, vol. 127 no. 3 (November, 2022), pp. 1576-1577, Oxford University Press (OUP) [doi]
  3. Daly, SFC, Ghana Must Go: Nativism and the Politics of Expulsion in West Africa, 1969–1985, Past &Amp; Present (July, 2022), Oxford University Press (OUP) [doi]  [abs]
  4. Daly, SFC, Nigeria and Côte d'Ivoire’s Forking Paths - Postcolonial Security: Britain, France, and West Africa's Cold War By Marco Wyss. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021. Pp. 352. $100.00, hardcover (ISBN: 9780198843023); $94.56, e-book (ISBN: 9780192580924)., The Journal of African History, vol. 63 no. 1 (March, 2022), pp. 136-138, Cambridge University Press (CUP) [doi]
  5. Daly, SFC, War as Work: Labor and Soldiering in History, International Labor and Working Class History (January, 2022) [doi]  [abs]

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