A Place in the World: New Local Historiographies from Africa and South Asia

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Axel Harneit-Sievers
BRILL, 2002 - 384 Seiten
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Local histories, written and published by non-academic historians, constitute a rapidly expanding genre in contemporary non-Western societies. However, academic historians and anthropologists usually take little notice of them. This volume takes a comparative look at local historical writing. Thirteen case studies, set in seven different countries of sub-Saharan Africa, India and Nepal, examine the authors, their books and their audiences. From different perspectives, they analyse the genre's intellectual roots, its relationship to oral historical narratives, and its relevance and impact in local and wider arenas. Local histories, it turns out, pursue a variety of agendas. They (re)construct local and communal identities affected by rapid social change. Often, they (re)write history as part of cultural and political struggles. Openly or implicitly, all of them place local communities on the map of the world at large.
 

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Constructing Community
31
Yoruba Town Histories
65
A New York city of Ibibioland? Local Historiography
87
A Survey of
111
Interfaces and Dynamics
135
The Central African Historical Research Project
161
Kikuyu Historiographies
201
Ethnohistories
255
Local Constructions of History
309
Remakings of
331
Academic and other HistoriansAn Uneasy
367
About the Authors
375
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Axel Harneit-Sievers, Ph.D. (1990) in History, University of Hannover, Germany, is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin. He has published about the history and politics of Nigeria and Namibia, including "A Social History of the Nigerian Civil Wa" with J.O. Ahazuem and S. Emezue (Hamburg 1997).

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