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Author Vansina, Jan.

Title Paths in the rainforests : toward a history of political tradition in equatorial Africa / Jan Vansina
Published London : Currey, 1990


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Description xx, 428 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Contents Voids and blinders, words and things--Words as history--Information and evidence--Land and its settlement--Landscapes--Western Bantu expansion--From ancestral to forest tradition--Tradition: ancient and common--Communities and big men--Making a living--Trail of the leopard in the inner basin--Inventing lineages--Dividing the sacred emblems--Between ocean and rivers--Northwest--Bioko--Southwest: the growth of states--Eastern uplands--Uele and Ituri--Southeast: associations and brotherhoods--Dynamics of tradition--Challenge from the Atlantic--Trading system in Equatrial Africa--Economic impact--Equatorial societies in the days of the Atlantic trade--Death of a tradition--Conquest and the four horsemen--New rural colonial society--On history and tradition--History, habitat, evolution--Comparative anthropology and tradition
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 375-409
Includes index
Subject Bantu languages -- History.
Bantu-speaking peoples -- Politics and government.
Political culture -- Africa, Central.
Political culture -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Africa, Central -- History.
Africa, Central -- Politics and government.
Africa South of the Sahara -- Politics and government.
LC no. 90350100
ISBN 085255074X