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Law in colonial Africa was a cultural project that lay at the heart of efforts by Europeans and Africans to channel social change. Studying law yields fresh insights into the meaning of colonialism to those Africans who were empowered by it and those who struggled against it. The contributors in this volume use different approaches and employ different sources to investigate the interaction between law and social history. This book simultaneously casts new light on the colonial experience of Africans and Europeans, assesses the research potential of untried sources and methods, and charts the intellectual agenda for further historical and anthropological studies of law.
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RICHARD ROBERTS is professor of history and director of African studies at Stanford University. He has published widely on the social and economic history of the Western Sudan, including Warriors, Merchants, and Slaves: The State and the Economy in the Middle Niger Valley, 1700-1914 (1987), and Two Worlds of Cotton: Colonialism and the Regional Economy of the French Soudan (forthcoming), and has co-edited two volumes on African colonial history: Law in Colonial Africa (1991) and The End of Slavery (1988).KRISTIN MANN is Associate Professor of African history at Emory University. She has published Marrying Well: marriage, Status, and Social Change among the Educated Elite in Colonial Laos, and numerous articles on African social history.Review:
." . . this fascinating and important collection . . . has much to offer scholars in fields other than law."-African Studies Review
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