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Africa in the World: History and Historiography  

Esperanza Brizuela-Garcia

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Nov 2018
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African History
Since antiquity and through the modern era African societies maintained contacts with peoples in Europe, the Near and Far East, and the Americas. Among other things, African peoples ... More

African Biography and Historiography  

Heather Hughes

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Aug 2018
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African History
Biography in the African context can take many forms, from brief entries in a biographical dictionary or obituary in a newspaper to multivolume studies of single individuals. It can ... More

African Diasporas: History and Historiography  

Mohammed Bashir Salau

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Nov 2018
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African History
People of African descent who migrated from their “homelands” constituted, and still constitute, important forces in many African cultures outside of their “homelands” as well as in many ... More

African Economic History and Historiography  

Alois Mlambo

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Aug 2018
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African History
Africa’s economic history went through various stages, beginning with Stone Age hunter-gatherers, through the Iron Age and the development of agriculture, to sedentary communities with ... More

African Iron Production and Iron-Working Technologies: Methods  

Louise Iles

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Jul 2017
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African History
Iron production was a particularly important precolonial African technology, with iron becoming a central component of socioeconomic life in many societies across the continent. ... More

African Market Women, Market Queens, and Merchant Queens  

Gracia Clark

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Jul 2018
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African History
In the open marketplaces found in cities and villages throughout Africa, women traders usually predominate. This gives women considerable weight as economic actors, because these ... More

African Military History and Historiography  

Timothy Parsons

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Nov 2018
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African History
African military history is more than just the study of “tribal warfare,” imperial conquest, military coups, and child soldiers. Moving beyond conventional questions of strategy, tactics, ... More

African Philosophies of History and Historiography  

Toyin Falola and Abikal Borah

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Nov 2018
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African History
Since the late 1950s, the field of African historiography has undergone many changes. While discussing African philosophies of history, one must acknowledge shifts within the discipline of ... More

African Religion and Healing in the Atlantic Diaspora  

John M. Janzen

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Jul 2017
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African History
Religion and healing are useful scholarly constructs in summarizing, consolidating, and interpreting a myriad of details from the historic African-Atlantic experience. For heuristic ... More

The African Rinderpest Panzootic, 1888–1897  

Thaddeus Sunseri

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Apr 2018
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African History
Between 1888 and 1897, rinderpest virus (cattle plague) spread throughout sub-Saharan Africa, presumably for the first time, killing over 90 percent of African cattle and countless ... More

Africans in World Wars I and II  

Joe Lunn

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Mar 2019
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African History
World Wars I and II were very probably the most destructive conflicts in African history. In terms of the human costs—the numbers of people mobilized, the scale of violence and destruction ... More

African Urban History and Historiography  

Eric Ross

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Nov 2018
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African History
The urban history of Africa is as ancient, varied, and complex as that of other continents, and the study of this history shares many of the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological ... More

African Women in Film, the Moving Image, and Screen Culture  

Beti Ellerson

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Apr 2019
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African History
While African women in film have distinct histories and trajectories, at the same time they have common goals and objectives. Hence, “African women in film” is a concept, an idea, with a ... More

Ancient Developments in the Middle Senegal Valley and the Inland Niger Delta  

Alioune Dème

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Apr 2018
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African History
The study of West Africa has contributed to the expansion of comparative arid-lands floodplain prehistory, from both the data collection (cultural and historical) and the theoretical ... More

Animals in African History  

Sandra Swart

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Apr 2019
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African History
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 ... More

Animating African History: Digital and Visual Trends  

Paula Callus

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Jul 2018
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African History
Contrary to popular belief, the animated moving image on the African continent has long and diverse histories across many countries. Although it shares both the technology and some of the ... More

An Introduction to the Lower Niger Bronzes of Southern Nigeria  

Philip M. Peek

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Feb 2019
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African History
Southern Nigeria is rich in copper alloy cast works, such as those of the 9th-century burial goods of Igbo-Ukwu, the busts from 13th-century Ife, and the heads and plaques from the early ... More

The Anlu Rebellion  

Jacqueline-Bethel Tchouta Mougoué

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Feb 2018
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African History
From 1958 to 1961, Kom women in western Cameroon cast aside their regular domestic and agricultural duties to engage in a revolt against British administrative interference in ... More

Anthropological and Ethnographic Methods and Sources  

Constance Smith

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Dec 2017
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African History
For scholars of African history, anthropology offers a number of valuable and invigorating methodological avenues, from engaging directly in ethnographic fieldwork to analyzing ... More

Anthropology and the Study of Africa  

Jessica Johnson

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Nov 2018
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African History
Anthropology is the study of human societies and cultures. It developed from the 19th century with a focus on the study of societies located outside Europe, often colonized peoples. It has ... More

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