Re-thinking african economic history

Although Africans were active agents in forming their own history and not merely passive creatures, the fact remains that African history is still inordinately dominated by political history and that most of this consists of reiterate the point that Africans were instrumental in making their history. So the time has come to move on to consideration of more fundamental problems in African history, in this context the economic and developmental history. The author emphasizes that the only economic history of Africa which makes any sense is developmental history. The principal causes of Africans underdevelopment lie in the nature of the trading relations between Africa and the rest of the world. On the other hand, some ways are suggested in which historians might begin to get at the history of African systems of production, rather than limiting themselves to analyses of trade. Many notes.

Title: Re-thinking african economic history
Author: Alpers, Edward A.
Year: 1972
Periodical: Ufahamu
Volume: 3
Issue: 3
Pages: 97-129
Language: English
Geographic term: Africa
Abstract: Although Africans were active agents in forming their own history and not merely passive creatures, the fact remains that African history is still inordinately dominated by political history and that most of this consists of reiterate the point that Africans were instrumental in making their history. So the time has come to move on to consideration of more fundamental problems in African history, in this context the economic and developmental history. The author emphasizes that the only economic history of Africa which makes any sense is developmental history. The principal causes of Africans underdevelopment lie in the nature of the trading relations between Africa and the rest of the world. On the other hand, some ways are suggested in which historians might begin to get at the history of African systems of production, rather than limiting themselves to analyses of trade. Many notes.