Ryan Hurst

Independent Historian

Ryan G. Hurst is an independent historian who has an interest in the history of Africa and the African diaspora, areas of research that he feels have been lamentably neglected by Western scholars historically. His interests are reading, writing, and film. A lover of cultures, he has traveled the world extensively. In 2009, he graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of Washington. Having begun work towards an advanced degree, he currently has his educational plans on hold as he develops his business and focuses on raising his two lovely daughters. The founder of a Seattle area college consulting firm, he possesses a passion for excellence in education and a desire to help young people succeed academically.

Soweto, South Africa (1904- )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Soweto, an acronym for “South Western Townships,” is a grouping of townships scattered across twenty kilometers southwest of Johannesburg, South Africa.  A quintessential example of segregationist planning, Soweto initially was the result of mass evictions and evacuations of black residents of … Read MoreSoweto, South Africa (1904- )

Congo Civil War (1960-1964)

The Congo Civil War, or Congo Crisis, was a complex political tumult that began just days following Belgium’s granting of Congolese independence in 1960.  Lasting four years, the associated violence claimed an estimated 100,000 lives including the nation’s first Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba, and UN … Read MoreCongo Civil War (1960-1964)

Angolan Civil War (1975-2002)

Angolan Soldier in front of Soviet Missiles Image Ownership: Public Domain The Angolan Civil War, beginning at the time of the country’s independence from Portugal in 1975, was a 27-year struggle involving the deaths of over 500,000 soldiers and civilians.  Initiated at the height of … Read MoreAngolan Civil War (1975-2002)

Mahdist Revolution (1881-1898)

Map of the Mahdist State, 1881-1898 Image Ownership: Public Domain The Mahdist Revolution was an Islamic revolt against the Egyptian government in the Sudan.  An apocalyptic branch of Islam, Mahdism incorporated the idea of a golden age in which the Mahdi, translated as “the guided … Read MoreMahdist Revolution (1881-1898)

Republic of Biafra (1967-1970)

Map of Biafra Image Ownership: Public Domain The Republic of Biafra was a short-lived Nigerian secessionist state which came into existence on May 30, 1967 when the Igbo-dominated southeastern corner of Nigeria seceded in the formation of its own independent country.  Following its defeat in … Read MoreRepublic of Biafra (1967-1970)

Rwandan Genocide (1994)

Rwanda Massacre Image Ownership: Public Domain Beginning on April 7, 1994 and lasting until mid-July of the same year, the Rwandan Genocide was the government-mandated killing of Tutsis and Hutu political moderates.  Having commenced in the capital city of Kigali, the violence spread rapidly throughout … Read MoreRwandan Genocide (1994)

Bahutu Manifesto (1957)

Map of Rwanda Image Ownership: Public Domain The Bahutu Manifesto, drafted by nine Rwandan Hutu intellectuals in 1957, was a political document that called for Hutu ethnic and political solidarity, as well as the political disfranchisement of the Tutsi people.  It served as the political … Read MoreBahutu Manifesto (1957)

Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970)

Biafran Casualty in the Nigerian Civil War Image Ownership: Public Domain The Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Nigerian-Biafran War, was a three-year, bloody conflict with a death toll numbering more than one million people.  Having commenced seven years after Nigeria gained independence from … Read MoreNigerian Civil War (1967-1970)