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Title:From African Historiographies to an African Philosophy of History
Author:Atieno-Odhiambo, E.S.
Year:1999-2000
Periodical:Afrika Zamani: revue annuelle d'histoire africaine = Annual Journal of African History (ISSN 0850-3079)
Issue:7-8
Pages:41-89
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:historiography
bibliographies (form)
History and Exploration
History, Archaeology
history
philosophy
Criticism
Abstract:African historians have endeavoured to reject a conceptual framework which is Western both in origin and orientation. But they have not yet succeeded in evolving an autonomous body of theoretical thinking. There is a need to develop a philosophy of history in Africa, but is autonomy of African history possible? This is the closing question in the author's review of the African historiographical tradition. Issues discussed include colonial historiography and the recovery of African initiative in the early independence period, thematic variations of African history, its multidisciplinarity and its multivocality, the institutionalization and professionalization of the discipline, the historiographical tradition in eastern Africa and South Africa, and the production of transnational and local histories. Appended to the article is a bibliography of some 300 recent works on African historiography, for the most part published in the 1980s and 1990s. Bibliogr. (Revised version in: African Research and Documentation, no. 96 (2004), p. 3-61.) [ASC Leiden abstract]
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