Contours of Slavery and Social Change in Africa

  title={Contours of Slavery and Social Change in Africa},
  author={Patrick R. Manning},
  journal={The American Historical Review},
  • P. Manning
  • Published 1 October 1983
  • History
  • The American Historical Review
THE PAST GENERATION OF AFRICANIST SCHOLARSHIP, with its profound revision in the interpretation of African social change, has raised questions about previous notions that change in precolonial Africa stemmed primarily from the influence of Europeans and other outsiders. According to the old view-the vision of "eternal Africa"-societies in tropical Africa changed at no more than a glacial pace, except under the relentlessly growing pressure of European intrusion. That this vision of eternal… 

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