The Land beyond the Mists: Essays in Identity & Authority in Precolonial Congo and Rwanda by David NewburyThe Land beyond the Mists: Essays in Identity & Authority in Precolonial Congo and Rwanda by David Newbury

The Land beyond the Mists: Essays in Identity & Authority in Precolonial Congo and Rwanda

byDavid Newbury

Paperback | December 1, 2009

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The horrific tragedies of Central Africa in the 1990s riveted the attention of the world. But these crises did not occur in a historical vacuum. By peering through the mists of the past, the case studies presented in The Land Beyond the Mists illustrate the significant advances to have taken place since decolonization in our understanding of the pre-colonial histories of Rwanda, Burundi, and eastern Congo.

Based on both oral and written sources, these essays are important both for their methods—viewing history from the perspective of local actors—and for their conclusions, which seriously challenge colonial myths about the area.

David Newbury is the Gwendolen Carter Professor of African Studies at Smith College. His books include and Clans: A Social History of the Lake Kivu Rift Valley, African Historiographies: What History for Which Africa?, and Paths to the Past: Essays in Honor of Jan Vansina.
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Title:The Land beyond the Mists: Essays in Identity & Authority in Precolonial Congo and RwandaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 inPublished:December 1, 2009Publisher:Ohio University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0821418750

ISBN - 13:9780821418758

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“Newbury's essays … provide sophisticated approaches to understanding the recent troubled trajectory of the Kivu Rift Valley. … (A) rich collection that traces (Newbury’s) personal intellectual journey as much as it explores the tortuous history of the land beyond the mists.”—Africa: The Journal of the IAI