The history of Black Africa provides a striking example of how knowledge of the past affects our understanding of the present. The study of African history has largely been conducted by Western scholars or African scholars trained in the West. In recent years, however, the lack of an indegenous historiography has been to some extent corrected. This collection of essays lays the groundwork for 'decolonization' of the history of Black Africa.
|Series:||SAGE Series on African Modernization & Development , #12|
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Table of Contents
Introduction - Bogumil Jewsiewicki One Historiography or Several? A Requiem for AfricanismPART ONE: THE EPISTEMOLOGY OF AFRICAN STUDIESAfrican Historians and Africanist Historians - Ndayel E NziemKnowledge and Perceptions of the African Past - Jan VansinaEpistemological Ethnocentrism in African Studies - Wyatt Mac GaffeyPART TWO: THE HISTORIOGRAPHY OF ORAL DISCOURSEProfile of a Historiography - Henri Moniot Oral Tradition and Historical Research in AfricaThe Past in the Present - Jean Bazin Notes on Oral ArchaeologyConfronting the Unequal Exchange of the Oral and the Written - J P CretienAfrican History and the Rule of Evidence - David Henige Is Declaring Victory Enough?Afterthoughts on the Historiography of Oral Tradition - Jan VansinaPART THREE: AFRICA FROM THE OUTSIDE: FROM IMPERIAL HISTORIOGRAPHY TO AFRICANIST HISTORIOGRAPHYThe Idea of Progress in the Revision of African History, 1960-1970 - Caroline NealeDecolonization in Africa - Michael Twaddle A New British Historiographical Debate?Africanist Historiography in France and Belgium - Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch and Bogumil Jewsiewicki Tradition and TrendsAfricanist Historical Studies in the United States - David Newbury Metamorphosis or Metastasis?The Historiography of South Africa - Shula Marks Recent DevelopmentsPART FOUR: AFRICA FROM WITHIN: NATIONAL HISTORIOGRAPHIESNigerian Academic Historians - E J AlagoaNigeria - Paul E Lovejoy The Ibadan School and its CriticsMarxian Method and Historical Process in Contemporary Ethiopia - Robert S LoveSenegalese Historiography - Mohamed Mbodj and Mamadou Diouf Present Practices and Future PerspectivesThe Development of Sengalese Historiography - Martin A KleinHistorical Research in Zaire - Mumbanza Wa Bawele and Sabakinu Kivilu Present Status and Future PerspectivesPART FIVE: WHICH WAY OUT? TRENDS IN THE DEVELOPING HISTORIOGRAPHY OF AFRICAThe Method of 'Histoire Immediate" - Benoit Verhaegen Its Application to AfricaDar es Salaam and the Postnationalist Historiography of Africa - Henry SlaterPopulist Political Action - Jean-Francois Bayart Historical Understanding and Political Analysis in AfricaToward a Responsible African Historiography - Christophe Wondji