Lund Papers in Economic History, Department of Economic History, Lund University
Moving Forward in African Economic History. Bridging the Gap Between Methods and Sources
(), Gareth Austin
(), Erik Green
(), Chibuike Uche
(), Ewout Frankema
(), Johan Fourie
(), Joseph Inikori
(), Alexander Moradi
() and Ellen Hillbom
Abstract: The field of African economic history is in resurgence.
This paper reviews recent and on-going research contributions and notes
strengths in their wide methodological, conceptual and topical variety. In
these strengths there is also a challenge: different methodological
approaches may also result in divisions, particularly on the quantitative
versus qualitative axis. The African Economic History Network has recently
been formed to bridge the gap between methods and sources and to facilitate
intellectual exchanges among the widest possible range of scholars working
on Sub-Saharan economic history. This paper outlines current research
projects and calls for future research as well as suggesting promising
lines of enquiry in the discipline.
Keywords: Africa; economic history; methods; sources; quantitative; qualitative; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: N01; N17; N27; N37; N57; N67; N77; N87; N97; (follow links to similar papers)
41 pages, December 3, 2012
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