By: Jean-Pierre Chrétien and Scott Straus
504 pages, 7 Maps
Major synthesis of the history of the region. Chretien retraces the human settlement and the formation of kingdoms around the sources of the Nile, which were "discovered" by European explorers around 1860. He describes these kingdoms' complex social and political organization and analyzes how German, British, and Belgian colonizers not only transformed and exploited the existing power structures, but also projected their own racial categories onto them.
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