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By Marion Wallace

ISBN-10: 0231701942

ISBN-13: 9780231701945

Namibia won its independence in 1990 after many years of fight opposed to South African rule. sooner than its battles with South Africa, the rustic spent years in the grip of German colonialism. during this ebook, the 1st normal heritage of Namibia to be released in additional than 20 years, a celebrated historian and a popular archaeologist supply clean standpoint on those occasions, in addition to an in depth account of the country's precolonial period.The quantity starts off with an soaking up heritage of Namibia from earliest occasions to the coming of German colonialism within the 19th century. Drawing on assets in English and German, the authors discover trajectories of migration, creation, and gear within the precolonial interval, alterations caused by way of ecu enlargement, and the dynamics of formal colonialism. They relate the total event of German rule, together with the genocide of 1904-1908, the wars of significant and southern Namibia, and the destiny of defeated Africans who have been imprisoned in focus camps. ultimate chapters speak about African nationalism, apartheid, and struggle among 1946 and 1990, and the advance of Namibia within the twenty years on the grounds that independence. a useful advent and source, this quantity reasserts Namibia's an important position within the heritage of southern Africa and, with its wealthy perception and broad bibliography, furthers accountable examine at the state and the continent.

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They had their own interests, their own perceptions of situations and of norms, their own interpretations of events, and their own biases, all reflected in their testimony. Writers usually do not talk about these issues directly. Sometimes writers give the impression that they carefully checked the statement of one person against that of others. But our impression is that quite often they did not. They relied on friends or major informants, often on employees. Frequently it is not possible to know all this without visiting the place of observation itself, and even then it cannot always be known.

Its contents derive partly from his imagination, partly from observations made by his colleagues, and only for a tiny part from observed facts. This work enjoyed great authority and influenced a generation of theories in the history of religion before his deception was discovered. 35 A routine application of the rules of evidence would have uncovered the situation, but he was writing ethnography, and in practice ethnographic, anthropological, and linguistic studies were exempted from critical examination.

The most influential questionnaire may well have been the successive editions of Notes and Queries in Anthropology. It certainly is a representative example. Such questionnaires directly inspired only a fraction of the documents. Other authors copied the plan and contents of existing monographs. This homogeneity of interests and exposition also holds for professional anthropologists. The particular model is usually easy to spot. Only after independence did breaches appear in this type of reporting.

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