Africas Discovery of Europe

Paperback | April 9, 2013

byDavid Northrup

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This groundbreaking book examines the full range of African-European encounters from an unfamiliar African perspective rather than from the customary European one. By featuring vivid life stories of individual Africans and drawing upon their many recorded sentiments, David Northrup presentsAfrican perspectives that persuasively challenge stereotypes about African-European relations as they unfolded in Africa, Europe, and the Atlantic world between 1450 and 1850. The text features thematically organized chapters that explore first impressions, religion and politics, commerce and culture, imported goods and technology, the Middle Passage, and Africans in Europe. In addition, Northrup offers a thoughtful examination of Africans' relations - intellectual,commercial, cultural, and sexual - with Europeans, tracing how the patterns of behavior that emerged from these encounters shaped pre-colonial Africa. The book concludes with an examination of the roles of race, class, and culture in early modern times, pointing out which themes in Africa'scontinuing discovery of Europe after 1850 were similar to earlier patterns, and why other themes were different.

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This groundbreaking book examines the full range of African-European encounters from an unfamiliar African perspective rather than from the customary European one. By featuring vivid life stories of individual Africans and drawing upon their many recorded sentiments, David Northrup presentsAfrican perspectives that persuasively challen...

David Northrup is Professor Emeritus of history at Boston College. He is the co-author of The Diary of Antera Duke: An Eighteenth-Century African Slave Trader (OUP, 2010) and author of How English Became the Global Language (2013), The Atlantic Slave Trade, Third Edition (2011), and Crosscurrents in the Black Atlantic, 1770-1965 (2007)...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 9, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199941211

ISBN - 13:9780199941216

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Table of Contents

1. First Sight - Lasting ImpressionsElite Africans in Europe to 1650Enslaved Africans in EuropeDiscovering Europeans in AfricaSoutheast Africa, 1589-1635Kongo Cosmology2. Politics and ReligionThe Meanings of Religious ConversionBenin and WarriThe Kingdom of KongoSwahili and MutapaEthiopiaConclusion3. Commerce and CultureAfrican Trading StrategiesThe Eighteenth CenturyLanguage, Trade, and CultureSexual EncountersConclusion4. Atlantic Imports and TechnologyEvaluating Inland TradeTextiles and MetalsTobacco and Distilled SpiritsGuns and PoliticsEconomic and Social Consequences5. Africans in Europe, 1650-1850African Delegates and StudentsServants High and Low in Continental EuropeAnglo-AfricansScholars and ChurchmenConclusion6. Passages in SlaveryCapture in AfricaThe Middle PassageNew IdentitiesCreolizationAfricanizationConclusionEpilogue: Trends after 1850Index