Living With Africa

Living With Africa In a young Belgian scholar of European medieval history traveled to the Belgian Congo now Zaire to live in a remote Kuba village Armed with a smattering of training in African cultures and langu

  • Title: Living With Africa
  • Author: Jan Vansina
  • ISBN: 9780299143244
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1952, a young Belgian scholar of European medieval history traveled to the Belgian Congo now Zaire to live in a remote Kuba village Armed with a smattering of training in African cultures and language, Jan Vansina was sent to do fieldwork for a Belgian cultural agency As it turned out, he would help found the field of African history, with a handful of other EuropeaIn 1952, a young Belgian scholar of European medieval history traveled to the Belgian Congo now Zaire to live in a remote Kuba village Armed with a smattering of training in African cultures and language, Jan Vansina was sent to do fieldwork for a Belgian cultural agency As it turned out, he would help found the field of African history, with a handful of other European and African scholars I m not an ethnologist, I m a historian Vansina was to repeat again and again to those who assumed that people without written texts have no history His discovery that he could analyze Kuba oral tradition using the same methods he had learned for interpreting medieval dirges was a historiographical breakthrough, and his first book, Oral Tradition as History, is considered the seminal work that gave the study of precolonial African history both the scholarly justification and the self confidence it had been lacking Living with Africa is a compelling memoir of Vansina s life and career on three continents, interwoven with the story of African history as a scholarly specialty In the background of his narrative are the collapse of colonialism in Africa and the emergence of newly independent nations in the foreground are the first conferences on African history, the founding of journals and departments, and the efforts of Africans to establish a history curriculum for the schools in their new nations.

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    • Jan Vansina

      Jan Vansina was a Belgian historian and anthropologist regarded as an authority on the history of Central Africa.

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    • Wonderful book. Vansina is one of the founders of the African studies genre in history. It is a fascinating read and for a historian such as myself, it is full of anecdotes of the struggles of academia. I would recommend this to historians as well as those with an interest in Africa.


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