Themes In West Africa S History

Author by : Emmanuel Kwaku Akyeampong
Languange : en
Publisher by : James Currey Publishers
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Description : Designed as a textbook for the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Writing African History

Author by : John Edward Philips
Languange : en
Publisher by : University Rochester Press
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Description : A comprehensive evaluation of how to read African history.


Great Zimbabwe

Author by : Joseph O. Vogel
Languange : en
Publisher by : Routledge
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Description : First Published in 1994. This research guide was written as a comprehensive, though by no means exhaustive, survey of the literature pertinent to studying the indigenous complex societies of south central Africa. Although the paramount focus of the compilation was the archaeology of Great Zimbabwe, the author has drawn from a broad geographical area and a wider period of time than that usually associated with Zimbabwean culture in order to demonstrate the cultural background for the growth of monumental trading towns in south central Africa.


Linguistic Reconstruction

Author by : Anthony Fox
Languange : en
Publisher by : Oxford University Press on Demand
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Description : Recent textbooks in historical linguistics concentrate more on the theory of language change than on methods of linguistic reconstruction. This book redresses the balance, providing a general guide to methods and theories of linguistic of languages. It describes both traditional and newer, less well established techniques.


The Peopling Of Africa

Author by : James L. Newman
Languange : en
Publisher by : Yale University Press
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Description : Discovering the African past takes one on a journey back to the origins of humanity over four million years ago, which is where James L. Newman begins his account of the continent's peoples. He ends it at the onset of the colonial era in the late nineteenth century, noting that "Africa and Africans deserve to be known on their own terms, and to achieve this goal we need to improve our understanding of what took place before colonialism rewrote many of life's rules." African identities constitute one of Newman's main themes, and thus he discusses the roles played by genetic background, language, occupation, and religion. Population distribution is the other main theme running through the book. As a geographer, the author uses regions, spaces, and places as his filters for viewing how Africans have responded through time to differing natural and human environmental circumstances. Drawing on the fields of biology, archaeology, linguistics, history, anthropology, and demography, as well as geography, Newman describes the richness and diversity of Africa's inhabitants, the technological changes that transformed their lives, how they formed polities from small groups of kin to states and empires, and how they were influenced by external forces, particularly the slave trade. Maps are an important part of the book, conveying information and helping readers interrelate local, regional, continental, and global contexts.


The Archaeology Of Africa

Author by : Bassey Andah
Languange : en
Publisher by : Routledge
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Description : Africa has a vibrant past. It emerges from this book as the proud possessor of a vast and highly complicated interweaving of peoples and cultures, practising an enormous diversity of economic and social strategies in an 2xtraordinary range of environmental situations. At long last the archaeology of Africa has revealed enough of Africa's unwritten past to confound preconceptions about this continent and to upset the picture inferred from historic written records. Without an understanding of its past complexities, it is impossible to grasp Africa's present, let alone its future.


Speaking With Substance

Author by : Kathryn M. de Luna
Languange : en
Publisher by : Springer
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Description : This volume proposes a supplemental approach to interdisciplinary historical reconstructions that draw on archaeological and linguistic data. The introduction lays out the supplemental approach, situating it in the broader context of similar interdisciplinary research methods in other world regions. Reflecting the arguments of the volume and its goal to document the process rather than the outcome of interdisciplinary collaboration, the volume is organized into two two-chapter case studies. Within each case study, the non-specialist develops an historical interpretation using their own research findings and published data from the other discipline.This chapter is followed by critical commentary from the specialist, a dialogue clarifying the commentary and specialists’ methods, and a second short historical interpretation that deploys insights from the supplemental approach. The conclusion reflects on the challenges of disciplinary conventions to interdisciplinary research and the contribution of the supplemental approach to efforts to know the history of oral societies in Africa and beyond


The Cambridge World History Of Food

Author by : Kenneth F. Kiple
Languange : en
Publisher by : Cambridge University Press
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Description : A two-volume set which traces the history of food and nutrition from the beginning of human life on earth through the present.


Archaeology Of African Plant Use

Author by : Chris J Stevens
Languange : en
Publisher by : Routledge
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Description : The first major synthesis of African archaeobotany in decades, this book focuses on Paleolithic archaeobotany and the relationship between agriculture and social complexity. It explores the effects that plant life has had on humans as they evolved from primates through the complex societies of Africa, including Egypt, the Buganda Kingdom, southern African polities, and other regions. With over 30 contributing scholars from 12 countries and extensive illustrations, this volume is an essential addition to our knowledge of humanity’s relationship with plants.


Archaeologies Of Us And Them

Author by : Charlotta Hillerdal
Languange : en
Publisher by : Taylor & Francis
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Description : Archaeologies of “Us” and “Them” explores the concept of indigeneity within the field of archaeology and heritage and in particular examines the shifts in power that occur when ‘we’ define ‘the other’ by categorizing ‘them’ as indigenous. Recognizing the complex and shifting distinctions between indigenous and non-indigenous pasts and presents, this volume gives a nuanced analysis of the underlying definitions, concepts and ethics associated with this field in order to explore Indigenous archaeology as a theoretical, ethical and political concept. Indigenous archaeology is an increasingly important topic discussed worldwide, and as such critical analyses must be applied to debates which are often surrounded by political correctness and consensus views. Drawing on an international range of global case studies, this timely and sensitive collection significantly contributes to the development of archaeological critical theory.


Encyclopedia Of African History 3 Volume Set

Author by : Kevin Shillington
Languange : en
Publisher by : Routledge
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Description : Covering the entire continent from Morocco, Libya, and Egypt in the north to the Cape of Good Hope in the south, and the surrounding islands from Cape Verde in the west to Madagascar, Mauritius, and Seychelles in the east, the Encyclopedia of African History is a new A-Z reference resource on the history of the entire African continent. With entries ranging from the earliest evolution of human beings in Africa to the beginning of the twenty-first century, this comprehensive three volume Encyclopedia is the first reference of this scale and scope. Also includes 99 maps.


African Historical Archaeologies

Author by : Andrew M. Reid
Languange : en
Publisher by : Springer
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Description : This volume explores the range of interactions between the historical sources and archaeology that are available on the African continent. Written by a range of experts on different aspects of African archaeology, this book represents the first consideration of historical archaeology over the African continent as a whole. This seminal volume also explores Africa's place in global systems of thought and economic development and is of interest to historical archaeologists and historians.


A History Of African Archaeology

Author by : Peter Robertshaw
Languange : en
Publisher by : James Currey Publishers
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Description : This is the first book to chronicle the development of African archaeology as a subject.


The Oxford Handbook Of African Languages

Author by : Rainer Vossen
Languange : en
Publisher by : Oxford University Press, USA
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Description : This book provides a comprehensive overview of current research in African languages, drawing on insights from anthropological linguistics, typology, historical and comparative linguistics, and sociolinguistics. It covers a wide range of topics, from grammatical sketches of individual languages to sociocultural and extralinguistic issues.


Quaternary And Environmental Research On East African Mountains

Author by : W.H. Mahaney
Languange : en
Publisher by : CRC Press
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Description : Twenty-six papers form a summary of research on glacial history, paleoclimatology, biogeography, ecosystem disequilibrium. Focus is on detailed chrono-stratigraphic, glacial geologic, and vertebrate paleontologic problems.


Historical Linguistics And The Comparative Study Of African Languages

Author by : Gerrit Jan Dimmendaal
Languange : en
Publisher by : John Benjamins Publishing
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Description : This advanced historical linguistics course book deals with the historical and comparative study of African languages. The first part functions as an elementary introduction to the comparative method, involving the establishment of lexical and grammatical cognates, the reconstruction of their historical development, techniques for the subclassification of related languages, and the use of language-internal evidence, more specifically the application of internal reconstruction. Part II addresses language contact phenomena and the status of language in a wider, cultural-historical and ecological context. Part III deals with the relationship between comparative linguistics and other disciplines. In this rich course book, the author presents valuable views on a number of issues in the comparative study of African languages, more specifically concerning genetic diversity on the African continent, the status of pidginised and creolised languages, language mixing, and grammaticalisation.


A History Of African Societies To 1870

Author by : Elizabeth Isichei
Languange : en
Publisher by : Cambridge University Press
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Description : An exploration of the African past, from prehistory to about 1870.


Global History And Migrations

Author by : Gungwu Wang
Languange : en
Publisher by : Routledge
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Description : Humans have been on the move for millennia. They have done so slowly as well as quickly, sometimes involuntarily, sometimes transported by force, often relocated at great cost in lives, but they have always moved. Over the centuries, improved transportation has eased the movement, even in the face of man-made or natural obstacles. But in modern times, migration has accelerated and its reach has become truly global.Whether it is Turkish gastarbeiter in Germany, Japanese Nisei in Seattle, Filipinos in Kuwait, or Haitians in Brooklyn, the costs and benefits of human mobility on such a wide and rapid scale are hotly debated. Global History and Migrations, the second volume of the Global History Series, explores the historical background of this issue by focusing on recent history, a time when human movements have been at their most dynamic. This book provides a rich, cross-cultural foundation for a more enlightened understanding of migration and its role in the unfolding shape of global history.


East African Archaeology

Author by : Chapurukha M. Kusimba
Languange : en
Publisher by : University of Pennsylvania Press
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Description : The goal of this volume is to impart an appreciation of the many facets of East Africa's cultural and archaeological diversity over the last 2,000 years. It brings together chapters on East African archaeology, many by Africa-born archaeologists who review what is known, present new research, and pinpoint issues of debate and anomaly in the relatively poorly known prehistory of East Africa.


Language Contacts In Prehistory

Author by : Henning Andersen
Languange : en
Publisher by : John Benjamins Publishing
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Description : Every language includes layers of lexical and grammatical elements that entered it at different times in the more or less distant past. Hence, for periods preceding our earliest historical documentation, linguistic stratigraphy — the systematic study of such layers — may yield information about the prehistory of a given tradition of speaking in a variety of ways. For instance, irregular phonological reflexes may be evidence of the convergence of diverse dialects in the formation of a language, and layers of material from different source languages may form a record of changing cultural contacts in the past. In this volume are discussed past problems and current advances in the stratigraphy of Indo-European, African, Southeast Asian, Australian, Oceanic, Japanese, and Meso-American languages.


Encyclopedia Of African History

Author by : Kevin Shillington
Languange : en
Publisher by : Taylor & Francis
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Description : Offers more than one thousand entries covering all aspects of African history, civilization, and culture.


Historical Archaeology In Nigeria

Author by : Kit W. Wesler
Languange : en
Publisher by : Africa World Press
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Description : The case studies included in this collection range,from the coast of Lagos State, through the Yoruba,inland, once dominated by Oyo and Ibadan, to Benin,City, seat of the great pre-colonial empire, north,to Zungeru, seat of colonial administration under,Lord Lugard, and the Jos Plateau, homeland of the,Ron; and south again to the Niger Delta, where the,Nigerian people first began their historic,interaction with Portuguese explorers.


The Cambridge World History Volume 2 A World With Agriculture 12 000 Bce 500 Ce

Author by : Graeme Barker
Languange : en
Publisher by : Cambridge University Press
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Description : The development of agriculture has often been described as the most important change in all of human history. Volume 2 of the Cambridge World History series explores the origins and impact of agriculture and agricultural communities, and also discusses issues associated with pastoralism and hunter-fisher-gatherer economies. To capture the patterns of this key change across the globe, the volume uses an expanded timeframe from 12,000 BCE–500 CE, beginning with the Neolithic and continuing into later periods. Scholars from a range of disciplines, including archaeology, historical linguistics, biology, anthropology, and history, trace common developments in the more complex social structures and cultural forms that agriculture enabled, such as sedentary villages and more elaborate foodways, and then present a series of regional overviews accompanied by detailed case studies from many different parts of the world, including Southwest Asia, South Asia, China, Japan, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas, and Europe.


Collecting Food Cultivating People

Author by : Kathryn Michelle De Luna
Languange : en
Publisher by : Yale University Press
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Description : A rich analysis of the complex dynamic between food collection and food production in the farming societies of precolonial south central Africa Engaging new linguistic evidence and reinterpreting published archaeological evidence, this sweeping study explores the place of bushcraft and agriculture in the precolonial history of south central Africa across nearly three millennia. Contrary to popular conceptions that place farming at the heart of political and social change, political innovation in precolonial African farming societies was actually contingent on developments in hunting, fishing, and foraging, as de Luna reveals.


Archaeology Language And The African Past

Author by : Roger Blench
Languange : en
Publisher by : Rowman Altamira
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Description : Scholarly work that attempts to match linguistic and archaeological evidence in precolonial Africa