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A Companion to African History


A Companion to African History


Wiley Blackwell Companions to World History 1. Aufl.

von: William H. Worger, Charles Ambler, Nwando Achebe

33,99 €

Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 11.09.2018
ISBN/EAN: 9781119063575
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 560

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Covers the history of the entire African continent, from prehistory to the present day A Companion to African History embraces the diverse regions, subject matter, and disciplines of the African continent, while also providing chronological and geographical coverage of basic historical developments. Two dozen essays by leading international scholars explore the challenges facing this relatively new field of historical enquiry and present the dynamic ways in which historians and scholars from other fields such as archaeology, anthropology, political science, and economics are forging new directions in thinking and research.  Comprised of six parts, the book begins with thematic approaches to African history—exploring the environment, gender and family, medical practices, and more. Section two covers Africa’s early history and its pre-colonial past—early human adaptation, the emergence of kingdoms, royal power, and warring states. The third section looks at the era of the slave trade and European expansion. Part four examines the process of conquest—the discovery of diamonds and gold, military and social response, and more. Colonialism is discussed in the sixth section, with chapters on the economy transformed due to the development of agriculture and mining industries. The last section studies the continent from post World War II all the way up to modern times. Aims at capturing the enthusiasms of practicing historians, and encouraging similar passion in a new generation of scholars Emphasizes linkages within Africa as well as between the continent and other parts of the world All chapters include significant historiographical content and suggestions for further reading Written by a global team of writers with unique backgrounds and views Features case studies with illustrative examples In a field traditionally marked by narrow specialisms, A Companion to African History is an ideal book for advanced students, researchers, historians, and scholars looking for a broad yet unique overview of African history as a whole.
Notes on Contributors ix 1 Introduction: Identities and (Mis)Representations 1William H. Worger PART I THE PERSONAL 13 2 Tracing the Roots of Common Sense about Sexuality in Africa 15Marc Epprecht 3 Masculinities 35Stephan F. Miescher 4 Colonialism, Christianity, and Personhood 59Nimi Wariboko 5 Settler Societies 77Nicola Ginsburgh and Will Jackson PART II WOMEN’S ROLES IN INSTITUTIONS OF POWER 93 6 Women, Authority, and Power in Precolonial Southeast Africa: The Production and Destruction of Historical Knowledge on Queen Mother Ntombazi of the Ndwandwe 95Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu 7 Love, Courtship, and Marriage in Africa 119Nwando Achebe 8 Slavery and Women in Africa: Changing Definitions, Continuing Problems 143Claire C. Robertson PART III FAMILY AND COMMUNITY 161 9 Kinship in African History 163James L. Giblin 10 Ethnicity in Southern Africa 179Michael R. Mahoney 11 Ethnicity and Race in African Thought 199Jonathon Glassman 12 Islam in African History 225Sean Hanretta and Shobana Shankar 13 Refugees in African History 247Brett Shadle PART IV AFRICANS AND THEIR ENVIRONMENT 265 14 Science in Africa: A History of Ingenuity and Invention in African Iron Technology 267Peter R. Schmidt 15 Africa and Environmental History 28Gregory H. Maddox 16 Health and Medicine in African History 307Karen E. Flint 17 Wealth and Poverty in African History 329Morten Jerven PART V AFRICANS AND THE WORLD 351 18 The Idea of the Atlantic World from an Africanist Perspective 353Walter Hawthorne 19 Swahili Literature and the Writing of African History 367Ann Biersteker 20 Africa and the Cold War 383Timothy Scarnecchia 21 The Horn of Africa from the Cold War to the War on Terror 401Awet T. Weldemichael PART VI AFRICAN SELF?REPRESENTATIONS 419 22 The Art of Memory and the Chancery of Sinnar 421Jay Spaulding 23 Apartheid Forgotten and Remembered 431Nancy L. Clark and William H. Worger 24 Cultural Resistance on Robben Island: Songs of Struggle and Liberation in Southern Africa 459Neo Lekgotla laga Ramoupi 25 African Historians and Popular Culture 483Charles Ambler Index 501
William H. Worger, PhD, is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He specializes in the social and economic history of southern Africa. Charles Ambler, PhD, is Professor of History and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is the author of a number of articles on mass media and popular culture in Africa.  Nwando Achebe, PhD, is the Jack and Margaret Sweet Endowed Professor of History and an award-winning historian at Michigan State University. Her research interests involve the use of oral history in the study of women, gender, and sexuality in Nigeria.
Covers the history of the entire African continent, from prehistory to the present day A Companion to African History embraces the diverse regions, subject matter, and disciplines of the African continent, while also providing chronological and geographical coverage of basic historical developments. Two dozen essays by leading international scholars explore the challenges facing this relatively new field of historical enquiry and present the dynamic ways in which historians and scholars from other fields such as archaeology, anthropology, political science, and economics are forging new directions in thinking and research.  Comprised of six parts, the book begins with thematic approaches to African history—exploring the environment, gender and family, medical practices, and more. Section two covers Africa’s early history and its pre-colonial past—early human adaptation, the emergence of kingdoms, royal power, and warring states. The third section looks at the era of the slave trade and European expansion. Part four examines the process of conquest—the discovery of diamonds and gold, military and social response, and more. Colonialism is discussed in the sixth section, with chapters on the economy transformed due to the development of agriculture and mining industries. The last section studies the continent from post World War II all the way up to modern times. Aims at capturing the enthusiasms of practicing historians, and encouraging similar passion in a new generation of scholars Emphasizes linkages within Africa as well as between the continent and other parts of the world All chapters include significant historiographical content and suggestions for further reading Written by a global team of writers with unique backgrounds and views Features case studies with illustrative examples In a field traditionally marked by narrow specialisms, A Companion to African History is an ideal book for advanced students, researchers, historians, and scholars looking for a broad yet unique overview of African history as a whole.

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