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Paths in the rainforests : toward a history of political tradition in equatorial Africa

Author: Jan Vansina
Publisher: Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, ©1990.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Vansina's scope is breathtaking: he reconstructs the history of the forest lands that cover all or part of southern Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Congo, Zaire, the Central African Republic, and Cabinda in Angola, discussing the original settlement of the forest by the western Bantu; the periods of expansion and innovation in agriculture; the development of metallurgy; the rise and fall of political forms  Read more...
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Vansina, Jan.
Paths in the rainforests.
Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, ©1990
(DLC) 90050100
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Vansina
ISBN: 9780299125738 0299125734 1283485931 9781283485937
OCLC Number: 317459623
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 428 pages) : illustrations, maps
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Responsibility: Jan Vansina.

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Vansina's scope is breathtaking: he reconstructs the history of the forest lands that cover all or part of southern Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Congo, Zaire, the Central African Republic, and Cabinda in Angola, discussing the original settlement of the forest by the western Bantu; the periods of expansion and innovation in agriculture; the development of metallurgy; the rise and fall of political forms and of power; the coming of Atlantic trade and colonialism; and the conquest of the rainforests by colonial powers and the destruction of a way of life. "In 400 elegantly brilliant pages Vansina lays out five millennia of history for nearly 200 distinguishable regions of the forest of equatorial Africa around a new, subtly paradoxical interpretation of 'tradition.'"--Joseph Miller, University of Virginia "Vansina gives extended coverage ... to the broad features of culture and the major lines of historical development across the region between 3000 B.C. and A.D. 1000. It is truly an outstanding effort, readable, subtle, and integrative in its interpretations, and comprehensive in scope. ... It is a seminal study ... but it is also a substantive history that will long retain its usefulness."-Christopher Ehret, American Historical Review.

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