Paths in the Rainforests: Toward a History of Political Tradition in Equatorial Africa
Vansina’s scope is breathtaking: he reconstructs the history of the forest lands that cover all or part of southern Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Congo, Zaire, the Central African Republic, and Cabinda in Angola, discussing the original settlement of the forest by the western Bantu; the periods of expansion and innovation in agriculture; the development of metallurgy; the rise and fall of political forms and of power; the coming of Atlantic trade and colonialism; and the conquest of the rainforests by colonial powers and the destruction of a way of life.
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This book has now become something of a classic, and I bought it for background in teaching Africa in a world history class. It attempts to trace the history of the Bantu expansion in, roughly ... Read full review
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