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Postcolonial or not? West Africa in the Pre-Atlantic and Atlantic Worlds, Christopher R. DeCorse, (2013)

by Christopher R. DeCorse, 2013

"What do the labels "Historic period", "historical archaeology", and "Colonial’" imply about the source materials drawn on, the time periods covered, and the conceptual vantages taken in interpreting the West African past? The historiographies presented are equally relevant to the understanding of the past - that is, the impacts of European contact, the Atlantic slave trade, and colonization - as they are to the present; the social, economic, and cultural landscapes of modernity, and how our views of the past shape these landscapes. This essay considers the varied epistemological threads represented and their interpretive implications. Although the hegemonic and transformative nature of Africa’s intersection with the Atlantic World is underscored, the need to situate these developments within the wider scope and temporal depth of the African past is also emphasized. Archaeology’s central role in providing a holistic understanding of the temporal depth and complexity of African history, as well as archaeology’s unique contribution to the understanding of the Atlantic world, is underscored."

Transfrontier Regionalism. The Revival of Regional Integration in Africa, A.I. Asiwaju and Daniel C. Bach (1999)

by A.I. Asiwaju and Daniel C. Bach, 1999

The Frontiers of Regionalization in Africa It is a great honour for me to introduce the new format of the IFRA occasional publication series with A. I. Asiwaju and D. Bach, two of the most authoritative scholars on the subject of boundaries and regional integration in Africa. Both authors addressed the monthly seminar series of the French Institute for Research in Africa at the University of Ibadan in 1998. I took the liberty of putting their papers together for a joint publication (although they were not written with that perspective). Herein lies the spirit of an editorial project that aims at stimulating research, not creating controversy among experts.

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The Comfort of Strangers: The Impact of Rwandan Refugees in Neighbouring Countries, Jinmi Adisa (1995)

by Jinmi Adisa, 1995

The Comfort of Strangers gives detailed information on the background to the Rwandan refugee problem and a vivid portrayal of the effects of the mass exodus of Rwandans into Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Zaire. The global community has, over the past eighty years, put in place an international refugee regime to regularize the status and provide for the control of stateless people ail over the world. Although host communities may initially open their doors to large numbers of people fleeing from their homelands, the long-term impact on the host countries is usually devastating and not often taken into account. This includes environmental dégradation, diminishing food security, dépréciation of the infrastructural base, pressure on the social and health sectors 3nd security risks. These Iead to sympathy fatigue and resentment. This book embodies an in-depth report made for UNCHS (Habitat) on the Rwandan refugee crisis and makes recommendations for its resolution, including compensation for host communites to enable them restore basic infrastructures and increase administrative capacity. Dr. Adisa also calls for a more efficient and humane treatment of the refugees and for their assisted resettlement.

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