Oral Tradition as History

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James Currey, Jan 1, 1985 - Africa - 258 pages
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Although written by a leading historian of Africa, Vansina's work on oral traditions ranges far beyond Africa, so has a wider relevance. Vansina explains not only how oral traditions have been used in the past but also how they should be used by historians in their research. North America: University of Wisconsin Press; Kenya: EAEP

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User Review  - thcson - LibraryThing

I was a bit surprised by the methodological emphasis of this book, its focus is clearly on how historians should make use of oral traditions. I was expecting more generalizations about oral traditions ... Read full review

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User Review  - Flint Johnson - Goodreads

I admit to being pleasantly surprised this book has even been received. As a graduate student I was repeatedly told not to believe any of the oral materials I might come across. My superiors were so ... Read full review

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About the author (1985)

Jan Vansina is professor emeritus of history and anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Widely considered one of the founders of the discipline of African history, he has published numerous books on history, anthropology, and research methods in Africa.

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