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date: 04 July 2022

Animals in African Historylocked

Animals in African Historylocked

  • Sandra SwartSandra SwartDepartment of History, Stellenbosch University

Summary

Animal history in Africa—the multi-species story of the continent’s past—as a separate subdisciplinary “turn” is both recent and tentative, but as an integrated theme within the broader historiography it is both pioneering and enduring. Historians of Africa have long engaged with animals as vectors of change in human history and, of course, at the same time, understood that humans were a key agent of change in animal histories too, especially in the long-lived and extensive writing on epizootics, livestock farming, pastoralism, hunting, and conservation. African animal histories should resist the imposition of intellectual paradigms from the Global North.

Subjects

  • Historiography and Methods
  • Image of Africa
  • Social History
  • Southern Africa
  • Women’s History

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