Writing African history /
edited by John Edward Philips.
Softcover edition ; digital printing.
Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2013.
xii, 532 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
1580462561, 9781580462563
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Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2013.
contents note
Part I. Background. What is African history? / John Edward Philips -- Part II. Sources of Data. Archaeology and the reconstruction of the African past / Susan Keech Mcintosh -- Writing African history from linguistic evidence / Christopher Ehert -- Physical anthropology and African history / S.O.Y. Keita -- The importance of botanical data to historical research on Africa / Dorothea Bedigian -- Oral tradition as a means of reconstructing the past / David Henige -- Oral sources and the challenge of African history / Barbara M. Cooper -- Arabic sources for African history / John Thornton -- European documents and African history / John Thornton -- Mission and colonial documents / Toyin Falola -- Part III. Perspectives on History. Data collection and interpretation in the social history of Africa / Isaac Olawale Albert -- African economic history: approaches to research / Masao Yoshida -- Signs of time, shapes of thought: the contributions of art history and visual culture to historical methods in Africa / Henry John Drewal -- Methodologies in Yoruba oral historiography and aesthetics / Diedre L. Badejo -- Local history in post-independent Africa / Bala Achi -- Africa and world-systems analysis: a post-nationalist project? / William G. Martin -- "What Africa has given America": African continuities in the North American diaspora / Joseph E. Holloway -- History and memory / Donatien Dibwe dia Mwembu -- Writing about women: approaches to a gendered perspective in African history / Kathleen Sheldon -- Part IV. Conclusion. Writing African history / John Edward Philips.
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"Transferred to digital printing 2013"-- Title page verso.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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This volume provides a comprehensive guide to different sources, methodologies, and perspectives currently utilized to reconstruct and interpret the African past. The introduction is written by Daniel McCall, whose classic 1964 work, Africa in Time-Perspective, served an analogous role for the then emerging field of African history. Between broad bookend chapters ("What is African History," "Writing African History") by editor Philips (Hirosaki Univ., Japan), an impressive collection of junior and senior scholars from Africa, Europe, the US, and Japan discuss the contributions and limitations of their own approaches to African history. The book's first half focuses on different sources of data, ranging from archaeological, linguistic, and Arabic sources (in model chapters by Susan Keech McIntosh, Chris Ehret, and John Hunwick, respectively) to physical anthropology, oral traditions and oral history, various European sources, and botanical data. The second half, "Perspectives on History," includes chapters on social, economic, art, and local history, Yoruba historiography, world-systems analysis, African continuities in the diaspora, history and memory, and gendered approaches to African history. This wide-ranging book includes thoughtful, insightful information and ideas for anyone interested in African history, from professional historians to those in other disciplines, students, and general readers. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. R. R. Atkinson University of South Carolina
Review Quotes
. . . a serious, balanced, and useful work that ought to become basic for outsiders new to the field as well as for specialized Africanists. --Joseph C. Miller, T. Cary Johnson, Jr. Professor of History, University of Virginia African history has clearly come of age with this monumental, comprehensive guide. --Merrick Posnansky, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA This is essential reading for anyone interested in African history, and should be the first book read by anyone who does not know anything about African history. --Paul E. Lovejoy FRSC, Distinguished Research Professor, Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History An excellent guide for introducing the field to beginning graduate students and even upper division undergraduates. --Edward Alpers, Professor of History, UCLA
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Long Description
Writing African History is an essential work for anyone who wants to write, or even seriously read, African history. It will replace Daniel McCall's classic Africa in Time Perspective as the introduction to African history for the next generation and as a reference for professional historians, interested readers, and anyone who wants to understand how African history is written. Africa in Time Perspective was written in the 1960s, when African history was a new field of research. This new book reflects the development of African history since then. It opens with a comprehensive introduction by Daniel McCall, followed by a chapter by the editor explaining what African history is (and is not) in the context of historical theory and the development of historical narrative, the humanities, and social sciences. The first half of the book focuses on sources of historical data while the second half examines different perspectives on history. The editor's final chapter explains how to combine various sorts of evidence into a coherent account of African history. Writing African History will become the most important guide to African history for the 21st century. CONTRIBUTORS: BALA ACHI, ISAAC OLAWALE ALBERT, DIEDRE L. BADJO, DOROTHEA BEDIGIAN, BARBARA M. COOPER, HENRY JOHN DREWAL, CHRISTOPHER EHRET, TOYIN FALOLA, DAVID HENIGE, JOSEPH E. HOLLOWAY, JOHN HUNWICK, S.O.Y. KEITA, WILLIAM G. MARTIN, DANIEL MCCALL, SUSAN KEECH MCINTOSH, DONATIEN DIBWE DIA MWEMBU, KATHLEEN SHELDON, JOHN THORNTON, AND MASAO YOSHIDA John Edwards Philips is professor of international society, Hirosaki University, and author of Spurious Arabic: Hausa and Colonial Nigeria (Madison, University of Wisconsin African StudiesCenter, 2000).
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