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Title:The Individual in African History: The Importance of Biography in African Historical Studies
Editor:Walraven, Klaas vanISNI
Year:2020
Issue:17
Pages:298
Language:English
Series:African Dynamics
City of publisher:Leiden
Publisher:Brill
ISBN:9789004407817; 9789004407824
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:history
historiography
biography
Abstract:This volume investigates the development of biographical study in African history and historiography. Consisting of 10 case studies, it is preceded by an introductory prologue, which deals with the relationship between historiography and different forms of biographical study in the context of Western history-writing but especially African (historical and anthropological) studies. The first three case studies deal with the methodological insights of biographical studies for African history. This is followed by three case studies dealing with personas living through fundamental societal transitions, and four case studies focusing on the discursive dimensions of biographical subjects (including religion, cosmology and ideology). Countries or regions discussed include South Africa, Zambia, Gold Coast, Cameroon, Tanganyika, Congo-Kinshasa and the Central African Republic in colonial times.
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