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Moving Forward in African Economic History. Bridging the Gap Between Methods and Sources

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  • Jerven, Morten

    (School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University)

  • Austin, Gareth

    (Department of International History, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)

  • Green, Erik

    (Department of Economic History, Lund University)

  • Uche, Chibuike

    (Department of Banking and Finance, University of Nigeria Enugu Campus)

  • Frankema, Ewout

    (Department of Social and Economic History, Utrecht University)

  • Fourie, Johan

    (Department of Economics, Stellenbosch University)

  • Inikori, Joseph

    (Department of History, University of Rochester)

  • Moradi, Alexander

    (Department of Economics, University of Sussex)

  • Hillbom, Ellen

    (Department of Economic History, Lund University)

Abstract

The field of African economic history is in resurgence. This paper reviews recent and on-going research contributions and notes strengths in their wide methodological, conceptual and topical variety. In these strengths there is also a challenge: different methodological approaches may also result in divisions, particularly on the quantitative versus qualitative axis. The African Economic History Network has recently been formed to bridge the gap between methods and sources and to facilitate intellectual exchanges among the widest possible range of scholars working on Sub-Saharan economic history. This paper outlines current research projects and calls for future research as well as suggesting promising lines of enquiry in the discipline.

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  • Jerven, Morten & Austin, Gareth & Green, Erik & Uche, Chibuike & Frankema, Ewout & Fourie, Johan & Inikori, Joseph & Moradi, Alexander & Hillbom, Ellen, 2012. "Moving Forward in African Economic History. Bridging the Gap Between Methods and Sources," Lund Papers in Economic History 124, Lund University, Department of Economic History.
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    Keywords

    Africa; economic history; methods; sources; quantitative; qualitative;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • N01 - Economic History - - General - - - Development of the Discipline: Historiographical; Sources and Methods
    • N17 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Africa; Oceania
    • N27 - Economic History - - Financial Markets and Institutions - - - Africa; Oceania
    • N37 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Africa; Oceania
    • N57 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Africa; Oceania
    • N67 - Economic History - - Manufacturing and Construction - - - Africa; Oceania
    • N77 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services - - - Africa; Oceania
    • N87 - Economic History - - Micro-Business History - - - Africa; Oceania
    • N97 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - Africa; Oceania

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