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Silences in African History: Between the Syndromes of Discovery and Abolition

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> Mkuki Na Nyota Publishers, Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Africa Books Collective, 2005, 284 pp., £20.95 or $34.95

’Among those who have suffered enslavement, colonisation, steady and relentless economic exploitation, cultural asphyxiation, religious persecution, gender, race and class discrimination and political repression, silences should be seen as facts, because silences are indeed facts which have not been accorded the status of facts.’ So states Jacques Depelchin in this discussion, which encompasses an examination of dominant theories - political, social, economic, cultural and ideological - on Africa. The author analyses the influence of capitalism on the continent in relation to historical events over centuries. He castigates those who envision Africa solely through the eyes of colonialism. He systematically erodes misconceptions about Africa and the nature of the ’black man’, which have assumed historical status.

document de référence rédigé le : 2005

date of on-line publication : 1 June 2006

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