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Title:The Use of Court Records as Sources for African History: Some Examples from Bujumbura, Burundi
Author:Dickerman, Carol W.
Periodical:History in Africa
Geographic term:Burundi
historical sources
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3171628
Abstract:To counter the all-too-real deficiencies of colonial documents, historians have laid increasing emphasis on oral accounts, produced by Africans themselves. Both colonial documents and oral accounts present methodological difficulties. This paper advocates the use of African court records, which are at once contemporary and yet created by Africans themselves. The African court records have largely remained ignored by historians. The author discusses the court records in two tribunals in Bujumbura, Burundi. Sections: 1) description of the city's African community and the courts; 2) discussion of the court proceedings and the reliability and use of the records; 3) summary of some of the data the documents have yielded. Notes.