The Historian in Tropical Africa: Studies Presented and Discussed at the Fourth International African Seminar at the University of Dakar, Senegal 1961

1st Edition

J. Vansina, R. Mauny, L. V. Thomas

Published August 22, 2018
Reference - 436 Pages
ISBN 9781138599024 - CAT# K387728
Series: African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century


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Originally published in 1964 these papers discuss the recovery and critical interpretation of oral traditions and written documents, problems of dating and analysis of material from archaeological sites, the use of linguistic evidence, and methods of historical reconstruction concerning techniques, art styles and changes in social organization. Consideration is also given to wider problems concerning the pre-colonial history of certain parts of Africa. Attitudes towards the study and understanding of various aspects of historical develoment both among scholars and the public are also reviewed.

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