Africa's Discovery of Europe

Africa's Discovery of Europe : 1450-1850

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Interest in African history has been growing rapidly in recent years. The encounters between Europeans and Sub-Saharan Africans-which first began to intensify during the 15th century-are currently a popular area of study. Up to now, however, only the Europeans viewpoint of these encounters has been explored. David Northrup's Africa's Discovery of Europe remedies this imbalance. Northrup explores the African side of this cultural collision as it unfolded in Africa, Europe, and the Atlantic world between 1450 and 1850. The text is organized thematically, with chapters devoted to first impressions, religion and politics, commerce and culture, imported goods and technology, the Middle Passage, and Africans in Europe. It examines Africans' intellectual, commercial, cultural, and sexual relations with Europeans and describes how the patterns of behavior that emerged from these encounters shaped pre-colonial Africa. The book concludes with an examination of the roles of race, class, and culture in early modern times, and suggests which themes in Africa's continuing discovery of Europe after 1850 were similar to earlier patterns, and why some themes were different. Africa's Discovery of Europe is designed to be used in undergraduate courses on Africa and will also have strong appeal to the general more

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  • Paperback | 218 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 12.7mm | 317.51g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 12 halftones & 2 maps
  • 0195140842
  • 9780195140842

Table of contents

Preface; 1. First Sights - Lasting Impressions; Elite Africans in Europe to 1650; Enslaved Africans in Europe to 1650; Discovering Europeans in Africa; Southeast Africa, 1589-1635; Kongo Cosmology; 2. Politics and Religion; Meanings of Religious Conversion; Benin and Warri; The Kingdom of Kongo; Swahili and Mutapa; Ethiopia; Conclusions; 3. Commerce and Culture; African Trading Strategies; The Eighteenth Century; Language, Trade and Culture; Sexual Encounters; Conclusion; 4. Material Goods and Technology; Evaluating Inland Trade; Textiles and Metals; Tobacco and Distilled Spirits; Guns and Politics; Economic and Social Consequences; 5. Passages in Slavery; Capture in Africa; The Middle Passage; New Identities; Creolization; Africanization; Conclusion; 6. Africans in Europe 1650-1850; African Delegates and Students; Servants High and Low in Continental Europe; Anglo-Africans; Scholars and Churchmen; Concluding Observations; Epilogueshow more

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Advance praise: "In this judicious and sweeping survey, David Northrup astutely examines Africans' active and wide ranging engagements with Europeans over four centuries. Not just victims, Africans proved remarkably resilient and adaptable in their varied encounters with Europeans. Encompassing both collective experiences and individual voices, Northrup paints a rich portrait of the African response."--Philip Morgan, Johns Hopkins Universityshow more

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