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In The Realms Of Gold: Pioneering In African History

Oliver, Roland

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ISBN 10: 0714644056 / ISBN 13: 9780714644059
Published by Frank Cass & Co, London, (1997), 1997
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Title: In The Realms Of Gold: Pioneering In African...

Publisher: Frank Cass & Co, London, (1997)

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Good Plus

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The core of the book is Oliver's account of his research travels throughout tropical Africa from the 1940s to the 1980s; his efforts to train and foster African graduate students to teach in African universities; his role in establishing conferences and journals to bring together the work of historians and archaeologists from Europe and Africa; his encounters with political and religious leaders, scholars, soldiers, and storytellers; and the political and economic upheavals of the continent that he witnessed.


Born in India of British colonial parents, Roland Oliver moved to Africa as a young man and became one of the continent's leading modern historians. In this memoir, he writes of his work in training African scholars to conduct regional surveys and collect oral histories, in assembling the multivolume Cambridge History of Africa, and in struggling to give African history academic legitimacy at a time when most universities did not have scholars qualified to teach even an elementary course in the subject. Along the way Oliver considers the questions that engage Africanists today, such as the significance of European colonialism in the historical development of the continent and whether nationalism did more harm than good in the formation of modern African states.

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