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The Oxford encyclopedia of African historiography : methods and sources

Author: Thomas T Spear
Publisher: [New York] : Oxford University Press, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The difficulties of exploring African history, especially for earlier periods, have spurred the development of a wide range of methodologies and approaches, such that Wyatt McGaffey once termed it 'the decathlon of the social sciences.' Historians have long utilized archaeology, ethnography, historical linguistics, and oral traditions, but are only beginning to explore the possibilities of genetics or many of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Encyclopedias
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Oxford encyclopedia of methods, sources, and historiography in African history
(DLC) 2018040527
(OCoLC)1050141365
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas T Spear
ISBN: 9780190698713 0190698713
OCLC Number: 1100118238
Description: 1 online resource
Responsibility: Thomas Spear.

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The difficulties of exploring African history, especially for earlier periods, have spurred the development of a wide range of methodologies and approaches, such that Wyatt McGaffey once termed it 'the decathlon of the social sciences.' Historians have long utilized archaeology, ethnography, historical linguistics, and oral traditions, but are only beginning to explore the possibilities of genetics or many of the new techniques used by archaeology and other sciences. And as digital sources proliferate, so do the problems in using them. 'The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography' discusses these sources and methods, and examines how these developments have influenced the scholarship that historians produce.

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