Themes in West Africa’s History
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336 Pages

22.8 x 15 cm

4 b/w, 2 line illus.

Series: Western African Studies

Imprint: James Currey

Themes in West Africa's History

Edited by Emmanuel Kwaku Akyeampong

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Designed as a textbook for the undergraduate and graduate levels.
There has long been a need for a new textbook on West Africa's history. This comprehensive collection brings together leading scholars on key themes from West Africa's prehistory to the present. It discusses various disciplinary approaches to West African history, provides overviews of the literature on major topics, and breaks new ground through the incorporation of original research.

Part one provides perspectives on West Africa's history from archaeology, ecology and culture, linguistics, and oral traditions. Part two provides longue duree perspectives on environment, society, agency and historical change. Part three examines how economic and political developments haveshaped religious expression and identity in significant ways. At the end of each chapter is a short list of recommended reading.

EMMANUEL KWAKU AKYEAMPONG is Professor of History at Harvard University

NorthAmerica: Ohio U Press; Ghana: Woeli Publishing Services
"...the authoritative, up-to-date treatment of scholarship provides a valuable supplemental text. ... Essential. All academic and public libraries, general readers through graduate-level studies. -" C.L. Groucher, CHOICE
"A valuable addition to the teaching repertoire of those teaching West African history at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Students will find the scholarship sophisticated but accessible, and admirably topical in the historical issues engaged." AFRICAN STUDIES REVIEW
"A highly useful book, both for undergraduates and graduate students, while providing valuable reflections on research methods and themes in West African history that are of value to Africanist scholars as well." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORICAL STUDIES

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Title Details

336 Pages

2.28 x 1.5 cm

4 b/w, 2 line illus.

Series: Western African Studies

Imprint: James Currey