TITLE

Fractures and Fragments: Finding Postcolonial Histories of Guinea in Local Archives

AUTHOR(S)
Straussberger, John
PUB. DATE
June 2015
SOURCE
History in Africa: A Journal of Method;Jun2015, Vol. 42, p299
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Using my experience working in the Regional Archives of Labé (Guinea), this essay examines the importance of using local archives to write political histories of postcolonial Africa. In doing so, I argue that the fractured and fragmentary nature of the postcolonial holdings of archives – often cited as a hurdle to writing histories of Africa after independence – is in fact the product of the states that (sometimes inadequately) maintain these repositories. As such, these “imperfect” archives should be approached as an opportunity to examine the local practice of statehood in postcolonial Africa.
ACCESSION #
102960526

 

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