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Boundaries and History in Africa

Issues in Conventional Boundaries and Ideological Frontiers

edited by Daniel Abwa, Albert-Pascal Temgoua, E.S.D. Fomin, Willibroad Dze-Ngwa

This book compromises 26 well-researched essays in honour of Professor Verkijika G. Fanso, who retired in 2011 after over 36 years of distinguished service at universities in Cameroon. Contributors include colleagues, former students and close collaborators in Cameroon and beyond. Contributions cover a wide range of issues related to the contested histories, politics and practices of boundaries and frontiers in Africa. These are themes on which Fanso has researched, published and taught extensively, and earned international recognition as a leading scholar. The book explores, inter alia, indigenous and endogenous practices of boundary making in Africa; as well as colonial and contemporary traditions, practices and conflicts on and around frontiers. In particular focus, are disputed colonial boundaries between Cameroon and its neighbours. Issues of intra- and inter-disciplinary frontiers, politics and cultures are also addressed. The volume is crowned by a farewell valedictory lecture by Fanso. Like Fanso and his rich repertoire of publications, this bumper harvest of essays is without doubt, truly immortalising.

ISBN 9789956791019 | 656 pages | 229 x 152 mm | 2013 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | Paperback



“This is a brilliant and inspiring blueprint of carefully researched work, incisively expressed in thematic synthesis. The contributions are lively, thought-provoking and capture in breadth and depth, the scientific interest of Professor V.G. Fanso… The book undoubtedly is a bedrock of original and dynamic reflections significant enough to give a plural idea of the concept of frontiers in African Historiography”

Mathew B. Gwanfogbe, Associate Professor of History, University of Bamenda, Cameroon

“This book … is a substantial contribution to boundary issues, a key notion in both Political History and Comparative Education,”

Professor Giovanni Pampanini, Honorary President, AFRICE, Studio Interdisplinare di Scienze Sociali e Umane, Catania, Italy



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