Africa Encountered European Contacts and Evidence, 1450-1700 Synopsis
Professor Hair's aim here has been to explore the European written record for the history of Africa south of the Sahara. This effectively began with the arrival of the Portuguese on the Guinea coast and many of these articles focus on Sierra Leone; others extend the enquiry to southern Africa. One particular theme is the use of early vocabularies of African languages as a source for the history of local populations. At the same time, these studies help illuminate the European reaction to the peoples and the places they encountered.
Africa Encountered European Contacts and Evidence, 1450-1700 Press Reviews
'Taken as a whole, the articles...give readers a taste of Hair's thoughtful (and at times pugnacious) approach to African history.' African Studies Review '...this collection illustrates why Hair is so much appreciated as a scholar by historians of West Africa. His meticulous eye for detail and his unstinting efforts to find the very last bit of evidence about the issue he studies are hallmarks of every single paper in the collection.' International Journal of African Historical Studies, Vol. 23, Nos. 2-3 '... a particularly useful volume for historians, especially as several of the articles initially appeared in local journals in Africa and were not widely available... The scholarship that constitutes the body of this book is of the hightest quality and argues eloquently for Professor Hair's methodology. The author demonstrates the effectiveness of digging out all extant primary sources and examining them in detail . The lasting value of his meticulously researched articles derives from that painstaking method and from the effective ciritical interpretation of those sources.' African History