ISBN-10: 1868144747

ISBN-13: 9781868144747

within the age of the African Renaissance, southern Africa has had to reinterpret the earlier in clean and extra acceptable methods. The final 500 years symbolize a strikingly unexplored and misrepresented interval which is still disfigured by way of colonial/apartheid assumptions, so much significantly within the approach that African societies are depicted as mounted, passive, remoted, un-enterprising and unenlightened. this era is one the main formative when it comes to southern Africa?s prior whereas final, in lots of methods, the least recognized. Key cultural contours of the sub-continent took form, whereas in a jagged and asymmetric model a number of the gains of contemporary identities emerged. huge, immense inner monetary innovation and political experimentation was once happening whilst increasing eu mercantile forces began to press upon southern African shorelines and its hinterlands. this implies that interplay, flux and combining have been a robust characteristic of the interval, instead of the homogeneity and fixity proposed in typical old and archaeological writings. Years Rediscovered represents step one, taken by means of a gaggle of archaeologists and historians, to jointly reframe, revitalise and re-evaluate the final 500 years. through integrating study and constructing trans-frontier learn networks, the crowd hopes to problem pondering the region?s increasing inner and colonial frontiers, and to develop present perceptions approximately southern Africa?s colonial past.

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