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Title:Economic history
Author:Austen, R.A.ISNI
Periodical:African Studies Review
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:economic history
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External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/523774
Abstract:If economic history is to make a major contribution to African studies, it must attempt to explore the continuities between past and present; this requires attention to what is called by Richard Gray and David Birmingham (Pre-Colonial Trade in Africa. Oxford, 1970) 'an intermediate category' located 'midway between subsistence and a fully-fledged market economy'. The only serious attempt to investigate such developments, in the further subfield of precolonial trading history, is discussed first in this paper. Treated separately are studies of economic factors leading to the European partition of Africa and of economic development in the colonial period. A major theme of discussion are the consequences for the general study of African economic history of the discontinuity in the literature. Sections: Precolonial trade - Economic imperialism - Colonial economic development. Notes, ref.