ERIC Number: ED111703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Precolonial African History. AHA Pamphlets, 501.
Curtin, Philip D.
This pamphlet surveys western historiography of precolonial Africa. Prior to World War II, African history emphasized the European role in Africa, relegating African history before European colonization to minor importance. Only after the increase in university enrollments and funding in the 1960's did opportunities for innovative research and new teaching specialities open up to include more in-depth and unbiased study of Africa. Dealing with specific aspects of African historiography, the sections (1) explore the emergence of African history and its turning point after World War II; (2) examine new historical techniques and sources, ways in which African history is taught in American and European colleges, the comparison of African and European civilization development, the Bantu migration, the development of the Bantu civilization, myths on African history and the political and cultural organization of peoples; and (3) inquire into the slave trade, new interpretations of the precolonial century, 1780-1890, and colonization. (Author/DE)
Descriptors: African Culture, African History, Area Studies, Bias, Black History, European History, Higher Education, Historical Criticism, Historiography, History, History Instruction, Non Western Civilization, Resource Materials
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Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Historical Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Africa