The individual in African history: the importance of biography in African historical studies

TitleThe individual in African history: the importance of biography in African historical studies
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsK. van Walraven
Series titleAfrican dynamics
Issue17
Paginationxii, 304
Date Published2020
PublisherBrill
Place PublishedLeiden
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number978-90-04-40781-7
KeywordsAfrica, biography, historiography, history
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.

Notes

Book review: Wylvie, D. (2020). Klaas van Walraven. the individual in African history: the importance of biography in African historial studies.
https://networks.h-nt.org/node/28765/reviews/7126605/wylie-walraven-individual-african-history-importance-biography

DOI10.1163/9789004407824
Citation Key10645