This account of one of the Sudan's remotest provinces, at the end of 1930, provides the historical context for the early classics of British social anthropology. It contains descriptions of local life by some of the first British officials to become conversant in the languages of the Dinka, Nuer and Shilluk - at a time when Evans-Pritchard's field-work had only just begun.
This report on the Upper Nile Province was compiled by its governor, Charles Willis, midway through the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium. It includes documentation on the origins of the Jonglei Canal, one of the most controversial environmental engineering projects in modern Africa.
With almost all traces of previous governmental structures now obliterated by war, this record of the beginnings of civil administration will be of immense value.
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Douglas H. Johnson, Research Fellow, St Anthony's College, Oxford.Review:
`fascinating book ... admirably researched' Philip Lyon Roussel, African Affairs, July 1997
`Willis's Handbook is ... more than most, both a political and a personal document, a swan-song to defend his policies as much as an objective description of his province ... a welcome addition to the historical record of the Condominium. Half a century late, as the editor notes, it provides striking commentary on events in a region even now in the throes of civil war.' M.W. Daly, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies Vol. 60, No. 2 '97
`It replicates, on a grand scale, many of the features of the (unpublished) District Books and handing-over notes of other colonial territories. We all owe a debt to Johnson and the British Academy for making the handbook available, not merely as a source but also as a memorial to a world whose contradictions remain even while its substance is fast being overlaid or destroyed by forces more ruthless than amateur ethnographers and ex-military administrators.' Richard Waller, Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA, Journal of African History, Vol. 38 - 1997
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Book Description British Academy. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Dust jacket in good condition. Cover and binding are worn but intact. A reading copy in fair condition. Bookseller Inventory # 1308532605
Book Description British Academy / Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1995. Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. (Oriental & African Archives.3). Douglas H. Johnson (editor). 3 b/w maps, unclipped photo illus black dj, all exc unread cond; 14 b/w photos on plates, 476 pp. OP Size: 6.5"-9.5". Bookseller Inventory # RB3632