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Title:Recordmaking, recordkeeping and landholding: chanceries and archives in Ethiopia (1700-1974)
Author:Tegegne, Habtamu Mengistie
Periodical:History in Africa (ISSN 1558-2744)
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Ethiopian Church
land reform
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/hia.2015.23
Abstract:This article addresses the origins and functions of Ethiopian church archives. It investigates the processes used in making documents and the procedures implemented to ensure their preservation and access. While recognizing their commemorative and symbolic functions, the article emphasizes that written records were created in the first instance for practical purposes. It argues that the change in recordmaking and recordkeeping activities that is discernible in the eighteenth century was inspired by a corresponding change in the patterns of landholding in Ethiopia. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]