Africa's Discovery of Europe, 1450-1850

ISBN-10: 0195340531
ISBN-13: 9780195340532
Edition: 2nd 2008
Authors: David Northrup
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990

Brilliantly written and thoroughly engaging, the new edition of this groundbreaking book examines the full range of African-European encounters from an unfamiliar African perspective rather than from the customary European one. Updated to include new research, maps, and illustrations, Africa's Discovery of Europe, 1450-1850, Second Edition, concludes with an expanded epilogue that extends the themes of African-European commercial and cultural interaction to the present day. By featuring vivid life stories of individual Africans and drawing upon their many recorded sentiments, David Northrup presents African perspectives that persuasively challenge stereotypes about African-European relations as they unfolded in Africa, Europe, and the Atlantic world between 1450 and 1850. Acclaimed by students in classroom settings ranging from secondary schools to graduate colloquia, the text features thematically organized chapters that explore first impressions, religion and politics, commerce and culture, imported goods and technology, the Middle Passage, and Africans in Europe. In addition, Northrup offers a thoughtful examination of Africans' relations--intellectual, commercial, cultural, and sexual--with Europeans, tracing 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, pointing out which themes in Africa's continuing discovery of Europe after 1850 were similar to earlier patterns, and why other themes were different. Brief, inexpensive, and accessible, the second edition of Africa's Discovery of Europe offers an insightful look at the tumultuous and enduring relations between these two continents.

List of Maps and Illustrations
Preface
First Sights-Lasting Impressions
Elite Africans in Europe to 1650
Enslaved Africans in Europe
Discovering Europeans in Africa
Southeast Africa, 1589-1635
Kongo Cosmology
Politics and Religion
The Meanings of Religious Conversion
Benin and Warri
The Kingdom of Kongo
Swahili and Mutapa
Ethiopia
Conclusion
Commerce and Culture
African Trading Strategies
The Eighteenth Century
Language, Trade, and Culture
Sexual Encounters
Conclusion
Atlantic Imports and Technology
Evaluating Inland Trade
Textiles and Metals
Tobacco and Distilled Spirits
Guns and Politics
Economic and Social Consequences
Africans in Europe, 1650-1850
African Delegates and Students
Servants High and Low in Continental Europe
Anglo-Africans
Scholars and Churchmen
Conclusion
Passages in Slavery
Capture in Africa
The Middle Passage
New Identities
Creolization
Africanization
Conclusion
Epilogue: Trends after 1850
Index

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