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Vansina, Jan

Overview
Works: 253 works in 903 publications in 7 languages and 17,829 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Sources  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Translator
Classifications: D16, 967
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Kingdoms of the savanna by Jan Vansina( Book )

55 editions published between 1943 and 1976 in English and French and held by 1,287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oral tradition : a study in historical methodology by Jan Vansina( Book )

69 editions published between 1961 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oral tradition as history by Jan Vansina( Book )

48 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 999 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive study of the importance of oral tradition of various ancient societies to the work and research of students and scholars of history, anthropology, folklore, and ethno-history
Art history in Africa : an introduction to method by Jan Vansina( Book )

33 editions published between 1983 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a pioneering introduction to a subject that is still at an early stage of academic development. It aims to provide the reader with a systematic method for the historical understanding of African art. Professor Vansina considers the medium, technique, style and meaning of art objects and examines the creative process through which they come into being. Numerous photographs and drawings illustrate his arguments, and help to explain the changes that have taken place."
Paths in the rainforests : toward a history of political tradition in equatorial Africa by Jan Vansina( Book )

28 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<DIV> Vansina's scope is breathtaking: he reconstructs the history of the forest lands that cover all or part of southern Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Congo, Zaire, the Central African Republic, and Cabinda in Angola, discussing the original settlement of the forest by the western Bantu; the periods of expansion and innovation in agriculture; the development of metallurgy; the rise and fall of political forms and of power; the coming of Atlantic trade and colonialism; and the conquest of the rainforests by colonial powers and the destruction of a way of life. "In 400 elegantly brilliant pages Vansina lays out five millennia of history for nearly 200 distinguishable regions of the forest of equatorial Africa around a new, subtly paradoxical interpretation of 'tradition.'"--Joseph Miller, University of Virginia "Vansina gives extended coverage ... to the broad features of culture and the major lines of historical development across the region between 3000 B.C. and A.D. 1000. It is truly an outstanding effort, readable, subtle, and integrative in its interpretations, and comprehensive in scope. ... It is a seminal study ... but it is also a substantive history that will long retain its usefulness."-Christopher Ehret, American Historical Review </DIV>
The children of Woot : a history of the Kuba peoples by Jan Vansina( Book )

15 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The historian in tropical Africa : studies presented and discussed by Raymond Mauny( Book )

39 editions published between 1964 and 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Tio kingdom of the Middle Congo, 1880-1892 by Jan Vansina( Book )

14 editions published between 1973 and 1994 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antecedents to modern Rwanda : the Nyiginya Kingdom by Jan Vansina( Book )

26 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction - 1. Central Rwanda on the eve of the emergence of the kingdom - 2. The Rwanda of Ndori - 3. Towards the centralisation of power - 4. Government in the eighteenth century - 5. Social transformation in the nineteenth century - 6. The triumph of the great families & its consequences - 7. Nightmares. The age of Rwabugiri (1867-96) - In conclusion - history & the present - Appendix 1 - chronology - Appendix 2 - predynastic fairy tales: Central Rwanda before Ndori - Works cited
How societies are born : governance in West Central Africa before 1600 by Jan Vansina( Book )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Like stars, societies are born, and this story deals with such births. It reconstructs the history of African societies before European contact, employing a provocative combination of archaeology and historical linguistics. The author uncovers what drove each society's developmental path, revealing the motivations behind how societies are born
Les tribus Ba-Kuba et les peuplades apparentées by Jan Vansina( Book )

30 editions published between 1954 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In pursuit of history : fieldwork in Africa( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and German and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The accounts presented here cover a surprising range of issues, from practical questions of daily life (where to live, what to cook) to methodological concerns about what is true, and true for whom? The individual stories are both entertaining, and instructive. One researcher had a newly laid roof stolen in the middle of the night, while another was shadowed by the security police. One woman was initiated into a secret society, while yet another faced a trial after having been accused of witchcraft. In her introduction, Carolyn Adenaike summarizes the particular challenges faced by recent history researchers in Africa. The epilogue by Jan Vansina - in many ways the pioneer of oral history methods - places the evolution of research practices in the broad context of European commercial expansion
Being colonized : the Kuba experience in rural Congo, 1880-1960 by Jan Vansina( Book )

13 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction à l'ethnographie du Congo by Jan Vansina( Book )

19 editions published between 1965 and 1990 in French and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'évolution du royaume Rwanda des origines à 1900 by Jan Vansina( Book )

28 editions published between 1962 and 2000 in French and English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De la tradition orale; essai de méthode historique by Jan Vansina( Book )

17 editions published between 1900 and 1961 in French and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brazza explorateur : les traités Makoko, 1880-1882 by Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza( Book )

9 editions published in 1972 in French and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le royaume Kuba by Jan Vansina( Book )

15 editions published in 1964 in 3 languages and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paths toward the past : African historical essays in honor of Jan Vansina( Book )

6 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Etudes africaines : offertes à Henri Brunschwig( Book )

4 editions published in 1982 in French and English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Oral tradition as history
Alternative Names
Fansīnā, Yān

Fansīnā, Yān 1929-

Jan Vansina antropoloog uit België

Jan Vansina Belgian anthropologist

Jan Vansina belgischer Ethnologe

Jan Vansina historiador e antropólogo belga

Jan Vansina historiador y antropólogo belga

Jan Vansina storico e antropologo belga

Vansina, J.

Vansina, J. 1929-

Vansina, J. (Jan)

Vansina, Jan M.

Vansina, Jan M. 1929-

يان فانسينا، 1929-

യാൻ വാൻസിന

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Oral tradition : a study in historical methodologyOral tradition as historyArt history in Africa : an introduction to methodPaths in the rainforests : toward a history of political tradition in equatorial AfricaThe children of Woot : a history of the Kuba peoplesAntecedents to modern Rwanda : the Nyiginya KingdomHow societies are born : governance in West Central Africa before 1600In pursuit of history : fieldwork in Africa