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The Oxford History of Historical WritingVolume 4: 1800-1945$
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Stuart Macintyre, Juan Maiguashca, and Attila Pók

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533091

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199533091.001.0001

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History in Sub-Saharan Africa

History in Sub-Saharan Africa

(p.597) Chapter 29 History in Sub-Saharan Africa
The Oxford History of Historical Writing

Toyin Falola

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses four dominant themes in historiography: the established tradition of oral histories, early written histories of Africa, the emergence of indigenous historical works, and the creation of historical knowledge in the first half of the 20th century when Africa was under European rule. These types of historiography did not conform to modern techniques and methodologies, and not all of them included the systematic collection and evaluation of multiple sources. This chapter further emphasizes that African historiography constitute a distinctive body of knowledge that provides an understanding of the African past and the image of Africa before the mid-20th century, including sources that led to a revolution in academic historical writing on Africa.

Keywords:   African historiography, oral histories, Africa, African past, academic historical writing, European rule, historical works

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