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Introduction - Daniel McCall
What is African History? - John Edward Philips
Archaeology and the Reconstruction of the African Past - Susan Keech McIntosh
Writing African History from Linguistic Evidence - Christopher Ehret
Physical Anthropology and African History - Shomarka Keita MD
The Importance of Botanical Data to Historical Research on Africa - Dorothea Bedigian
Oral Tradition as a Means of Reconstructing the Past - David Henige
Oral Sources and the Challenge of African History - Barbara Cooper
Arabic Sources for African History - John O. Hunwick
European Documents and African History - John K. Thornton
Mission and Colonial Documents - Toyin Falola
Data Collection and Interpretation in the Social History of Africa - Isaac Olawale Albert
African Economic History: Approaches to Research - Masao Yoshida
Signs of Time, Shapes of Thought: The Contributions of Art History and Visual Culture to Historical Methods in Africa - Henry John Drewal
Methodologies in Yoruba Oral Historiography and Aesthetics - Deidre L. Badejo Ph.D.
Local History in Post-Independent Africa - Bala Achi
Africa and World-Systems Analysis: A Post-Nationalist Project? - William G. Martin
"What Africa Has Given America": African Continuities in the North American Diaspora - Joseph E. Holloway
History and Memory - Donatien DIBWE dia Mwembu
Writing About Women: Approaches to a Gendered Perspective in African History - Kathleen Sheldon
Writing African History - John Edward Philips


Winner, CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2006.

A serious, balanced, and useful work that ought to become basic for outsiders new to the field as well as for specialized Africanists. --Joseph C. Miller, T. Cary Johnson, Jr. Professor of History, University of Virginia

African history has clearly come of age with this monumental, comprehensive guide. --Merrick Posnansky, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA

This is essential reading for anyone interested in African history, and should be the first book read by anyone who does not know anything about African history. --Paul E. Lovejoy, FRSC, Distinguished Research Professor, Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History

An excellent guide for introducing the field to beginning graduate students and even upper division undergraduates. --Edward Alpers, Professor of History, UCLA

The essays to this book are well written, well thought-out, and very effective in describing the sources and methods used by historians of Africa. H-NET REVIEWS, 2006

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