A companion to African history /

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Imprint:Hoboken, NJ : Wiley Blackwell, 2019.
Description:1 online resource ( xiii, 525 pages.)
Series:Wiley Blackwell companions to world history
Wiley Blackwell companions to world history.
Social conditions.
HISTORY / Africa / General.
Africa -- History.
Africa -- Civilization.
Africa -- Social conditions.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11714749
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Other authors / contributors:Worger, William H., editor.
Ambler, Charles H., editor.
Achebe, Nwando, 1970- editor.
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 11, 2018).
Other form:Print version: Companion to African history 1st edition. Hoboken, NJ : Wiley Blackwell, 2018 9780470656310
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This wide-ranging collection provides timely historiographical entry points to some of the most lively conversations in the field of African history, as well as case studies illustrating contemporary methodological approaches. Worger (UCLA) introduces the volume as a reflection of the "enthusiasms of practicing historians" (p. 11), compiled to inspire budding scholars and to dispel popular misrepresentations of the continent. Following the introduction, 25 chapters span 6 thematic sections: "The Personal," "Women's Roles in Institutions of Power," "Family and Community," "Africans and Their Environment," "Africans and the World," and "African Self-Representations." Essays on slavery and women, ethnicity, and apartheid, among others, document how historians' approaches to these themes have evolved to better center the voices and identities of the people under study. While every chapter is accompanied by an extensive bibliography, many recommend potential primary sources, such as those on love and courtship, health and medicine, and the Atlantic world. Though a comprehensive history of the continent would be impossible in one volume, some of the more narrowly focused and thematically redundant chapters might have been excluded to make way for essays filling regional and chronological gaps. Summing Up: Recommended. Advanced undergraduates and above. --Dunstan McNutt, University of Tennessee Chattanooga

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