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  - Clifton Toliver - Goodreads

This book is still considered to be the bible when it comes to the study of oral tradtion. It covers the full spectrum of research into this subject matter. This book is well researched, well written ... Read full review

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ANCIENT LITERACY
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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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