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Zintgraff's Explorations in Bamenda, Adamawa and the Benue Lands 1889-1892 (Electronic book text)
Zintgraff's Explorations in Bamenda, Adamawa and the Benue Lands 1889-1892 (Electronic book text): E.M. Chilver

Zintgraff's Explorations in Bamenda, Adamawa and the Benue Lands 1889-1892 (Electronic book text)

E.M. Chilver

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The following pages, initially prepared for limited circulation in 1961, contain brief extracts and summaries of those parts of Eugen Zintgraffs book NORD-KAMERUN (1895), of most interest concerning the colonial Bamenda and Wum Division. Zintgraffs book, the first by a European about the Grassfields, has not been translated and is hard to get second-hand. In using these notes the following points should be borne in mind: Zintgraffs knowledge of Bali (Mungaka) and Hausa was very slight, and his discussions of character, motives and political institutions are consequently superficial and open to criticisms. He had no means of checking what he was told, or thought he was told. He had no previous knowledge of any similar culture and no training in ethnographical method. He was, however, a good observer, and his descriptions of tools, dress, weapons and the like, can be regarded as fairly reliable. Finally, it must be remembered that Zintgraff wrote the book to justify his own actions and to support that small but influential section of public opinion in Germany which favoured rapid imperial expansion. A full account of the actions and motives of Zintgraffs opponents in the Kamerun Government and in the Colonial Bureau of the German Foreign Office has not been written: we only have one side of the story. But there are some suggestive points made in Rudins GERMANS IN THE CAMEROONS and others referred to in these notes. What is perhaps most striking about Zintgraffs account is the fact that the people of the Western Grassfields were not so isolated from one another or their neighbours as might be thought. A network of trade-friendships covered the country and big men exchanged gifts over long distances. These links must be set beside the insecurity due to raids and slave-catching, and are well worth investigation.

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Imprint: Langaa Rpcig
Country of origin: United States
Release date: June 2010
Authors: E.M. Chilver
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 92
ISBN-13: 978-6612869167
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LSN: 661286916X
Barcode: 9786612869167

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