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Title:Studies in West African coastal history before 1800
Authors:Strickrodt, SilkeISNI
Jones, AdamISNI
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana (ISSN 0855-191X)
Geographic term:Ghana
precolonial period
colonial history
slave trade
conference papers (form)
Abstract:In 2012, the Centre of African Studies of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, held a panel to discuss four papers on the pre-colonial and early modern history of the Gold and Slave Coasts. This special section includes: (1) Gérard Chouin's 'The 'Big Bang' theory reconsidered: framing early Ghanaian history'; (2) Robin Law's 'Fante expansion reconsidered: seventeenth century origins'; (3) Natalie Everts' 'Incorporating Euro-Africans in Akan lineages and a modest development towards a Euro-African identity in eighteenth century Elmina'; and (4) Silke Strickrodt's 'In search of a moral community: Little Popo and the Atlantic trade in the mid-eighteenth century.' In their introductory article, entitled 'Recent research on the early modern history of Atlantic Africa,' Adam Jones and Silke Strickrodt provide an overview of research on pre-colonial history of the Gold and Slave Coasts over the past three decades. Major issues, such as the possible impact of the Black Death on agricultural production in West African forests or the nature of the mechanisms that enabled European traders to offer credit to Africans during the slave trade, are of significance for the 'longue durée', for world history, and for the problems of contemporary Africa. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]