This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside. This book has hardback covers. In poor condition, suitable as a reading copy. No dust jacket., 800grams, ISBN: 0299074900.
Very Good in Near Fine jacket. 0299074900 Dust jacket condition: Near Fine. Very nice clean copy. Text free of highlighting and writing. Tightly bound. This work, the culmination of Jan Vansina? s twenty-five years of study of the Kuba people, sets forth the remarkable history of the Kuba while offering groundbreaking techniques in the analysis of oral history. As such, it will be of significant value not only to Africanists^but to all historians and anthropologists whose sphere of research includes non-literate societies. Located in what is now Zaire, the Kuba state at the time of nineteenth-century European contact occupied an area two-thirds the size of Belgium and included a population of perhaps 150, 000. The Europeans were highly impressed with what they found: a rich court life, a complex legal and political system, an art of striking beauty. ? A civilization so obviously refined, ? ? writes Vansina, ? raised speculation. How did it become what it was? ...How then did this society develop? There was a Kuba miracle, and like the? Greek miracles? of our forefathers it must be explained. That is my aim in this book. ? ? And yet in the absence of what is conventionally considered historical evidence, how can the development of a people through time be described? No records were kept in this area before the Europeans arrived, and no archaeological work has been performed. To surmount these obstacles, the author has developed a methodology permitting historical reconstruction of societies that possess rich oral, but no written, historical sources. Drawing upon oral traditions? which tell us that the first man was Woot? and the few written records that exist, and upon linguistic data and ethnographic materials, he has written a history of the Kuba starting centuries ago and leading to the advent of the Age of Kings, characterized by a central bureaucracy, expanded agricultural production, an increased number of artisans and traders, and vigorous development of artistic life. After setting forth what the Kuba tell about their past, Vansina analyzes these data and confronts them with linguistic data to reconstitute the political, economic, social, religious, and artistic history of the culture. He also draws close attention to the selection process in oral tradition and to the problems raised when one attempts to place Kuba history in a comparative perspective. The result is the first full scholarly history of this especially important African society, and a veritable blueprint for the productive study of non-literate cultures in any part of the world. 394 pages. Kuba (African people)--History.
Near Fine in very good + jacket. First edition, 1978. Cloth hardcover in dust jacket, 394 pp., clean unmarked text, Near Fine copy in Very Good+ dust jacket, minor soiling or discoloration to the page-edges, some soiling or discoloration to the dust jacket, light wear to the dust jacket including rubbing, creasing, and a bit of tearing. Dust jacket housed in archival dust jacket protector.
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