The objects of life in Central Africa : the history of by Ross, Robert; Hinfelaar, Marja; Peša, Iva

By Ross, Robert; Hinfelaar, Marja; Peša, Iva

Within the gadgets of lifestyles in relevant Africa the heritage of intake and social swap from 1840 until eventually 1980 is explored. by way of taking a look at the socio-economic, political and cultural which means and impression of products the contributions think again critical African history.

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The provenance of imported cloth during the early nineteenth century was from Indian weavers, transported by Banyan traders to either the East African Swahili traders or the Portuguese colonial authorities. The most common form of Indian cloth was kaniki, a blue cloth produced in Gujarat specifically for the African market (although there were other varieties produced in various parts of South Asia and the Middle East). 25 Ordinary people did not wear such expensive imported cloth because of the robustness and quality of local production of woven materials.

Prestholdt, ‘On the global repercussions of East African consumerism’, American historical review, 30:109 (2004), 755–81. 12 To my knowledge, we lack a thorough accounting of imports. V. Miller, ‘Imports at Luanda, Angola, 1785–1823’, 165–246; and G. Liesegang, ‘A first look at the import and export trade of Mozambique, 1800–1914’, 451–524, G. Liesegang, H. ), Figuring African trade: Proceedings of the symposium on the quantification and structure of the import and export and long distance trade in Africa, 1800–1913 (Berlin, 1986).

For another account of the conflict, see Livingstone, Last Journals, 173–81. For the Luba massacre, see Hamed bin Muhammed, Maisha ya Hamed, 95. W. Beachey, ‘The East African ivory trade in the nineteenth century’, Journal of African history, 8:2 (1967), 229–90, especially 278. For the quadrupling of the local price in the Congo basin and its impacts there, see R. Harms, River of wealth, river of sorrow: The Central Zaire basin in the era of the slave and ivory trade, 1500–1891 (New Haven, 1981), 24–7, 99–108.

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