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Making History in Banda
Anthropological Visions of Africa's Past

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Part of New Studies in Archaeology

  • Date Published: July 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521037976

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  • Drawing on evidence from several disciplines, Ann Brower Stahl reconstructs the daily lives of Banda villagers of west central Ghana, from the time that they were drawn into the Niger trade (around 1300 AD) until British overrule was established early in the twentieth century. The case study aims to closely integrate perspectives drawn from archaeology, history and anthropology in African studies.

    • Takes an interdisciplinary approach (covering anthropology, archaeology and history)
    • Concerned with the lived past and with the making of history in the present
    • Combines theoretical and methodological discussion with a robust case study
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    "...a provactive engagement of the multiple layers of tensions in interdisciplinary approaches to historical scholarship, and an eloquent demonstration of the importance of archaeology in historical anthropological project." International Journal of African History

    "Interdisciplinary work is revitalizing African Studies, and this monograph reveals how exciting the outcome can be.... A fine portrait of daily life emerges...." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521037976
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 243 x 168 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.463kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 23 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of Plates
    List of tables
    1. Refracted visions of Africa's past
    2. Envisioning Africa's lived past
    3. The past in the present: history-making in Banda
    4. The political-economic context
    5. Local life in the context of the Niger trade c.1300–1700
    6. The changing social fields of Banda villagers c.1725–1825
    7. The changing social fields of Banda villagers c.1825–1925
    8. Reflections: historical anthropology and the construction of Africa's past

  • Author

    Ann Brower Stahl, State University of New York, Binghamton
    Ann B. Stahl is Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Binghamton.

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