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Paths in the Rainforests: Toward a History of Political Tradition in Equatorial Africa

 
 
 
 
Paths in the Rainforests: Toward a History of Political Tradition in Equatorial Africa
Author: Jan M. Vansina
ISBN 13: 9780299125745
ISBN 10: 299125742
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: 1990-11-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
List Price: $26.95
 
 

Vansina's scope is breathtaking: he reconstructs the history of the forest lands that cover all or part of southern Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Congo, Zaire, the Central African Republic, and Cabinda in Angola, discussing the original settlement of the forest by the western Bantu; the periods of expansion and innovation in agriculture; the development of metallurgh; the rise and fall of political forms and of power; the coming of Atlantic trade and colonialism; and the conquest of the rainforests by colonial powers and the destruction of a way of life.

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A brilliant and ingenious reconstruction of 5,000 years of equatorial African history, which the author (history and anthropology, U. of Wisconsin) rather too modestly calls an Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)