ETHNOGENESIS AND FRACTAL HISTORY ON AN AFRICAN FRONTIER: MAMBILA–NJEREP–MANDULU

DAVID ZEITLYN, BRUCE CONNELL
  • The Journal of African History, March 2003, Cambridge University Press
  • DOI: 10.1017/s002185370200823x

Multiple histories of the Mambila of Cameroon and Nigeria

What is it about?

We consider different histories using different types of evidence and at different scales (time scales, spatial and population scales). The model of fractals suggests that these do not have to connect up neatly; we may have to accept incompatibility between different types of explanation.

Why is it important?

This adds up to an argument for humility, accepting the incompleteness of historical explanation

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