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African Crossroads: Intersections between History and Anthropology in Cameroon

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African Crossroads

Intersections between History and Anthropology in Cameroon

Edited by Ian Fowler and David Zeitlyn

250 pages, 10 photos, maps, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-859-1 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (July 1996)

ISBN  978-1-57181-926-0 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (July 1996)

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Cameroon is characterized by an extraordinary geographical, cultural, and linguistic diversity. This collection of essays by eminent historians and anthropologists summarizes three generations of research in Cameroon that began with the collaboration of Phyllis Kaberry and E. M. Chilver soon after the Second World War and continues to this day. The idea for this book arose from a concern to recognize the continuing influence of E. M. Chilver on a wide variety of social, historical, political and economic studies. The result is a volume with a broad historical scope yet one that also focuses on major contemporary theoretical issues such as the meaning and construction of ethnic identities and the anthropological study of historical processes.

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Ian Fowler, School of Social Science, Oxford Brookes University and Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford

David Zeitlyn, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Eliot College, University of Kent

Subject: Anthropology (General) Colonial History
Area: Africa


Chapter 1. The Catalyst: Chilver at the Crossroads
S. Ardener

Chapter 2. The Grassfields and the Tikar
I. Fowler and D. Zeitlyn

Chapter 3. The Person, Ethnicity and the Problem of Identity in West Africa
R. Fardon

Chapter 4. Political Relations and the Eastern Marches of Adamawa in the late 19th Century
P. Burnham

Chapter 5. Mythic Transformation and Historical Continuity: the Duala of Cameroon and German Colonialism, 1884-1914
R. A. Austen

Chapter 6. Imperialisms at the Century's End: Moghamo Relations with Bali-Nyonga and Germany 1889-1908
R. O'Neil

Chapter 7. Nso' Military Organization and Warfare in the 19th and 20th Centuries
V. F. Fanso and B. Chem-Langhee

Chapter 8. Catholicism and Nso' Traditional Beliefs
J. L. Banadzem

Chapter 9. "Pursue to Attain": a Royal Religion
C. Tardits

Chapter 10. Political Dress: German-style Military Attire and Colonial Politics in Bamum
C. M. Geary

Chapter 11. Rebellion, Defection and the Position of the Male Cadets: a Neglected Category
J.-P. Warnier

Notes on Contributors

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