African Historiographies: What History for Which Africa?

African Historiographies: What History for Which Africa?

by SAGE Publications

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803924987
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 11/01/1985
Series: SAGE Series on African Modernization & Development , #12
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction - Bogumil Jewsiewicki
One Historiography or Several? A Requiem for Africanism
PART ONE: THE EPISTEMOLOGY OF AFRICAN STUDIES
African Historians and Africanist Historians - Ndayel E Nziem
Knowledge and Perceptions of the African Past - Jan Vansina
Epistemological Ethnocentrism in African Studies - Wyatt Mac Gaffey
PART TWO: THE HISTORIOGRAPHY OF ORAL DISCOURSE
Profile of a Historiography - Henri Moniot
Oral Tradition and Historical Research in Africa
The Past in the Present - Jean Bazin
Notes on Oral Archaeology
Confronting the Unequal Exchange of the Oral and the Written - J P Cretien
African History and the Rule of Evidence - David Henige
Is Declaring Victory Enough?
Afterthoughts on the Historiography of Oral Tradition - Jan Vansina
PART THREE: AFRICA FROM THE OUTSIDE: FROM IMPERIAL HISTORIOGRAPHY TO AFRICANIST HISTORIOGRAPHY
The Idea of Progress in the Revision of African History, 1960-1970 - Caroline Neale
Decolonization in Africa - Michael Twaddle
A New British Historiographical Debate?
Africanist Historiography in France and Belgium - Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch and Bogumil Jewsiewicki
Tradition and Trends
Africanist Historical Studies in the United States - David Newbury
Metamorphosis or Metastasis?
The Historiography of South Africa - Shula Marks
Recent Developments
PART FOUR: AFRICA FROM WITHIN: NATIONAL HISTORIOGRAPHIES
Nigerian Academic Historians - E J Alagoa
Nigeria - Paul E Lovejoy
The Ibadan School and its Critics
Marxian Method and Historical Process in Contemporary Ethiopia - Robert S Love
Senegalese Historiography - Mohamed Mbodj and Mamadou Diouf
Present Practices and Future Perspectives
The Development of Sengalese Historiography - Martin A Klein
Historical Research in Zaire - Mumbanza Wa Bawele and Sabakinu Kivilu
Present Status and Future Perspectives
PART FIVE: WHICH WAY OUT? TRENDS IN THE DEVELOPING HISTORIOGRAPHY OF AFRICA
The Method of 'Histoire Immediate" - Benoit Verhaegen
Its Application to Africa
Dar es Salaam and the Postnationalist Historiography of Africa - Henry Slater
Populist Political Action - Jean-Francois Bayart
Historical Understanding and Political Analysis in Africa
Toward a Responsible African Historiography - Christophe Wondji

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