The Politics of History in Contemporary Africa

Hardcover | August 18, 2010

Foreword byFrank AnkersmitbyM. Eze

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This book mediates a dialectics between power and subjectivity versus history and politics. The invention of Africa is not merely a residue of Africa’s encounter with Europe but a project in continuity in contemporary history of Africa, where history has become a location of struggle and meaning, a location of power and domination. Eze contends that postcolonial African studies that thrive by way of unanimity, analogy, or homogenenity are merely advancing a “defeatist” historicism. It attempts to gain essence by inverting the terms of colonial discourse and is decisively implicated in the very logic of coloniality. This method of historiography not only stifles the overall socio-political imagination of contemporary Africa but offers a dogmatic blueprint for politics of domination.  Eze argues that a chance for an African Renaissance is dependent on review mechanisms of African historiography

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This book mediates a dialectics between power and subjectivity versus history and politics. The invention of Africa is not merely a residue of Africa’s encounter with Europe but a project in continuity in contemporary history of Africa, where history has become a location of struggle and meaning, a location of power and domination. Eze...

Michael Onyebuchi Eze was a Stiftung Mercator Foundation Research Fellow at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institute (Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities) in Essen, Germany from 2006 – 2009. He received his first Ph.D. in Intellectual History from the University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany, Summa Cum Laude. Dr. Eze currently teac...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:238 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:August 18, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230623573

ISBN - 13:9780230623576

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The “Invention” of Africa: Contested Terrains * Post-colonial Displacements * Africanism: a history of Histories * Beyond a history by Analogy * Cult of personalities and Politics of Domination * Towards an African Renaissance

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“Eze makes fresh interrogations into our inherited engagements with Africa within a geopolitical space and re-scribes our notions of Africa—a book that is compelling, timely, and well informed.”—Ranjan Ghosh, University of North Bengal, India