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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?

Readings:

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).