History And Memory In The Age Of Enslavement

History And Memory In The Age Of Enslavement

by Pier Larson
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ABC-CLIO, Incorporated


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History And Memory In The Age Of Enslavement

    Larson's book raises a series of challenging questions about the historical production of ethnic identity, and the complex epistemological relationships between historical memory, identity, and history. It is smart, well written, and intellectually challenging. In the historiographical level, Larson succeeds in integrating Malagasy history into the mainstream history of the continent.
    —Richard Roberts, Department of History, Stanford University
In this story of the impact of slave trade on an insular African society, Larson explores how the people of highland Madagascar reshaped their social identity and their cultural practices. As Larson argues, the modern Merina ethnic identity and some of its key cultural traditions were fashioned and refashioned through localized experiences of enslavement and mercantile capitalism and by a tension-filled political dialogue among common highland Malagasy and their rulers. Larson's analysis expands traditional

definitions of the African diaspora to include forcible exile of African slaves within the African continent as well as areas external to it. By locating Merina history within wider narratives of merchant capitalism, African history, African diaspora, and Indian Ocean history, Larson has produced a book that both recognizes the diversity of historical experience and highlights the structural connections of intercontinentally joined systems of forced labor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325002170
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/18/2000
Series: Social History of Africa
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents


Enslavement and Culture


The Mascarene-Bound Slave Trade

Moralities of Enslavement

Strategies in a Slaving Ecomony


Popular Cultural Politics, 1790-1809

Tradition and Historical Memory, 1809-1822

Enslavement, Social Memory, and Identity Transformation in the African Diaspora



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