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Africa and the World (Bronwen Everill)

For discussion:

1. To what extent has Africa been incorporated into explanations of global history?

2. How can the study of African history help inform a critique of global history’s sources, methods and outcomes?

3. How have Africanist historians responded to the idea of globalisation?

4. What role have migrant communities played in global history?


Joseph Inikori, Africans and the Industrial Revolution in England (Cambridge, 2002)

B. Everill, 'Destiny seems to point me to that country: early nineteenth century African American migration, emigration and expansion', Journal of Global History, 7. 1 (2012), pp. 53-77

Frederick Cooper, 'What is the Concept of Globalization Good For? An African Historian's Perspective', African Affairs, 100, 399 (2001), pp.189-213.

Jeremy Prestholdt,’On the Global Repercussions of East African Consumerism’, The American Historical Review, 109, 3 (2004), pp.755-82.

Further Reading:

Emmanuel Akyeampong, 'Africans in the Diaspora: The Diaspora and Africa', African Affairs, 99, 395 (2000), pp.183-215.

J-F Bayart, 'Africa in the World: A History of Extraversion', African Affairs, 99, 395 (2000), pp.217-267.

W.E.B. Du Bois, The World and Africa: An Inquiry into the Part Which Africa has Played in World History (New York: 1965).

J. Igoe, 'Becoming Indigenous Peoples: Difference, Inequality, and the Globalization of East African Identity Politics', African Affairs, 105, 420 (2006), pp.399-420.

Achille Mbembe, 'At the Edge of the World: Boundaries, Territoriality, and Sovereignty in Africa', Public Culture, 12, 1 (2000), pp.259-84.

Tiffany Ruby Patterson & Robin Kelley, 'Unfinished Migrations: Reflections on the African Diaspora and the Making of the Modern World', African Studies Review, 43, 1 (2000), pp.11-45.

Joseph Inikori, 'Africa and the Globalization Process: Western Africa, 1450- 1850', Journal of Global History, 2/1 (2007), pp.63-86.

James Sweet, Recreating Africa: Culture, Kinship, and Religion in the African Portuguese World, 1441-1770 (Chapel Hill NC: 2003).

John Thornton, Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400- 1800 (Cambridge: 1998).