Paths in the Rainforests: Toward a History of Political Tradition in Equatorial Africa / Edition 1

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299125745
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1990
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 988,966
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Vansina is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor and the Vilas Professor in History and Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His many books include his 1994 memoir Living with Africa, Oral Tradition as History, Kingdoms of the Savanna, and The Children of Woot, all published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2001

    Jan Vansina is one the pionners (Author) in DRCongo History.

    His book 'Sur les Sentiers...Ed.Louvain-la-Neuve Belgium' comes to complete his long efforts in this area. There is a new generation of Natives (authors)who need to collaborate with him on 'ethnographic monograph'. I'm working on 'Songye of DRCongo' with him and hope to participate positivelly and correct some misunderstandings (Mistake if any) on the 'Historiography* of the Songye People of DRCongo.

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