Paths in the Rainforests: Toward a History of Political Tradition in Equatorial Africa

Paths in the Rainforests: Toward a History of Political Tradition in Equatorial Africa

by Jan Vansina
     
 

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Vansina's scope is breathtaking: he reconstructs the history of the forest lands that cover all or part of southern Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Congo, Zaire, the Central African Republic, and Cabinda in Angola, discussing the original settlement of the forest by the western Bantu; the periods of expansion and innovation in agriculture; the development of… See more details below

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Vansina's scope is breathtaking: he reconstructs the history of the forest lands that cover all or part of southern Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Congo, Zaire, the Central African Republic, and Cabinda in Angola, discussing the original settlement of the forest by the western Bantu; the periods of expansion and innovation in agriculture; the development of metallurgh; the rise and fall of political forms and of power; the coming of Atlantic trade and colonialism; and the conquest of the rainforests by colonial powers and the destruction of a way of life.

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A brilliant and ingenious reconstruction of 5,000 years of equatorial African history, which the author (history and anthropology, U. of Wisconsin) rather too modestly calls an Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“Until the publication of Paths in the Rainforests, it was difficult to make more than superficial attacks on the widespread myth that Central African peoples live in ‘impenetrable jungles as their ancestors have lived for thousands of years.’ Even those few among the 200-plus small scale societies that we have understood in some depth have seemed isolated in time and space.  Jan Vansina’s Paths makes a truly significant contribution to African history by providing a solid framework for the description and integration of a millennium of evolution of the many societies of the vast rainforests."—Curtis A. Keim, African Studies Review

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ISBN-13:
9780299125707
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
11/01/1990
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.18(d)

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