Covering more than 2,000 years this important region's history, this book is a groundbreaking contribution to the knowledge of pre-colonial Africa.
Covering more than 2,000 years this important region's history, this book is a groundbreaking contribution to the knowledge of pre-colonial Africa. It is the first historical work to reconstruct a Batwa or Pygmy past, thereby questioning Western epistemologies that have long portrayed the Batwa as a quintessential people without history.
About the Author
Kairn A. Klieman is Assistant Professor in the Department of History, University of Houston.
Table of ContentsMaps, Figures, and Tables
(Re)Constructing Histories: Central African Societies and the Burden of Myth
Bantu Expansion in the Western Equatorial Rainforest, ca.4000-1500 B.C.E.
Of Indigeneity and Incorporation: Immigrants and Autochthons on the Central African "Frontier"
New Economies, New Communities: The Impact of Bananas and Iron
Bantu Societies and the Ideology of the Primordial Batwa
Altered Associations: Bantu and Batwa, ca. 1000-1900 C.E.