Silences in African History: Between the Syndromes of Discovery and Abolition

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African Books Collective, 2005 - History - 256 pages
Among those who have suffered enslavement, colonisation, steady and relentless economic exploitation, cultural asphyxiation, religious persecution, gender, race and class discrimination, as well as political repression, silences should be seen as facts, because silences are indeed facts which have not been accorded the status of facts. So states Jacques Depelchin in this powerful and elegant discussion, which encompasses an examination and analysis of dominant theories - political, social, economic, cultural and ideological - on Africa. He analyses in depth the influence of capitalism on the continent, in relation to various historical events through the centuries. He also castigates those whose only vision of Africa is through the eyes of colonialism, and systematically erodes misconceptions about Africa and the nature of the Black man which have taken on the status of history. As Ibrahim Abdullah comments in his scholarly preface, "This is a book about academic violence; collective intellectual denial; culpable erasure; and deliberate omission. But is it also about emancipation and liberation; for it explores the complex linkages between historical knowledge and our collective freedom."

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