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Title:Magnifying perspectives: contributions to history: a Festschrift for Robert Ross
Editors:Peša, IvaISNI
Ross, RobertISNI
Vink, Nel deISNI
Year:2017
Issue:26
Pages:348
Language:English
Series:ASC occasional publications
City:Leiden
Publisher:African Studies Centre Leiden
ISBN:9789054481591
Geographic terms:Africa
South Africa
Ghana
Nigeria
Angola
Zambia
Subjects:history
social history
festschrifts (form)
About person:Robert John Ross (1949-)ISNI
Link:http://hdl.handle.net/1887/49802
Abstract:Magnifying Perspectives is a festschrift for Robert Ross, Emeritus Professor of African History at Leiden University. The contributions have been written by the students and colleagues of Robert Ross, reflecting his broad-ranging thematic and geographical research interests. Individual chapters cover topics such as slavery, gender and gossip, but also reflect an eye for detail in narrating about mosquitoes, semaphores and pineapples. Big themes such as race and imperialism are tackled by paying attention to language, material objects and the powerful role of individuals in shaping history. Contributions on all parts of the African continent, from Nigeria and Mali to Angola and South Africa, as well as Britain and Australia are included. This book attempts to do justice to the unique approach to African history which Robert Ross advocated, an approach which emphasises the complexity and dignity of human nature by placing it at the centre of historical writing. Contributions: 1. Introduction: Contributions to History (Jan-Bart Gewald and Iva Peša); 2. A Respectable Age (speech by Prof. R.J. Ross, on the occasion of his retirement as professor of History of Africa at Leiden University, 19 September 2014); 3. 'My Favourite Source Is the Landscape': An Interview with Robert Ross (Jan-Bart Gewald and Alicia Schrikker); 4. Does Gender Matter? Wihelmine Stompjes, the Moravian Missionaries and Gendered Power Relations on the North Eastern Cape Frontier (Anne Kelk Mager); 5. Blackening my White Friends to Make my Black Friends Look White: William Shaw, John Philip, and the Mercurial Political Landscape of Missionary Work in the Eastern Cape (Fiona Vernal); 6. Slavery, Race and Citizenship: The Ambiguous Status of Freed Slaves at the Cape in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Susan Newton-King); 7. Insult and Identity in the late Eighteenth-Century Cape Colony (Nigel Worden); 8. Resembling 'The More Racy Type of Comic Opera': Scandal and the Cultural History of Imperial Politics (Kirsten McKenzie); 9. Awad el Djouh: A Story of Slave Trade in the Mid Twentieth Century (Baz Lecocq); 10. Colonial Courts, Mosquitoes and other Nuisances in the Gold Coast (1888-1934) (Dmitri van den Bersselaar); 11. Domesticating the Imperial Railroads: Perception and Appropriation of the Railroads in Early Colonial Northern Nigeria (Shehu Tijjani Yusuf): 12. Unrelenting Scholars: Ulama Engagement with Western education in Ilorin (Sakariyau Alabi Aliyu); 13. Settlers, Semaphores and Speculators: The Remnants of War in Contemporary South Africa (Jan-Bart Gewald); 14. Porters in the Angolan Nationalist War (1961-1974) (Inge Brinkman); 15. The Enchantment of Weber's Iron Cage: Financialisation and Insurance in South Africa (Erik Bähre); 16. Subverting the Standard View of the Cape Economy: Robert Ross's Cliometric Contribution and the Work it Inspired (Johan Fourie); 17. Between Success and Failure: The Mwinilunga Pineapple Canning Factory in the 1960s and 1970s (Iva Peša); 18. Livingstone in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia): Historical Sketch of a British Colonial Town, 1897-1924 (Bernard K. Mbenga); 19. Defiant Protest or Pure Exhibitionism? Nudity as Dress in Yoruba Culture (Bukola Adeyemi Oyeniyi). [ASC Leiden abstract]
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