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Collecting Food, Cultivating People: Subsistence and Society in Central Africa

Collecting Food, Cultivating People: Subsistence and Society in Central Africa

by Kathryn M. de LunaKathryn M. de Luna
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A rich analysis of the complex dynamic between food collection and food production in the farming societies of precolonial south central Africa

Engaging new linguistic evidence and reinterpreting published archaeological evidence, this sweeping study explores the place of bushcraft and agriculture in the precolonial history of south central Africa across nearly three millennia. Contrary to popular conceptions that place farming at the heart of political and social change, political innovation in precolonial African farming societies was actually contingent on developments in hunting, fishing, and foraging, as de Luna reveals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300218534
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Series: Yale Agrarian Studies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kathryn M. de Luna is assistant professor of history at Georgetown University, where she specializes in the history of precolonial Africa. She lives in Braddock Heights, MD.

Table of Contents

Foreword Elizabeth Colson ix

Acknowledgments xiii

A Note on Spelling and Reconstructed Forms xvii

Introduction 1

1 The Sources and Settings of Botatwe History 24

2 Planting Settlements, Forging the Savanna: Subsistence on the Central Frontier, 1000 BCE to 750 CE 61

3 Fame in the Kafue: The Politics of Technology, Talent, and Landscape, 750 to 1250 93

4 Of Kith and Kin: Bushcraft and Social Incorporation, 950 to 1250 131

5 Life on the Central Frontier: The Geographies of Technology, Trade, and Prestige, 750 to 1700 172

Epilogue 220

Appendix 231

Notes 257

Bibliography 299

Index 327

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