Language, Culture, and History

  • Philip D. Curtin


The literary tradition in African studies altered slowly as the mid-century approached, with nothing in the offing comparable to the Darwinian revolution which hung over biological sciences. If any revolutionary change had taken place, it was the eighteenth-century shift from an emphasis on static analysis of society to the nineteenth-century emphasis on historical or evolutionary analysis.1 This new attitude, however, was firmly in office by the 1830’s, when the great works of Von Ranke, Michelet, and Macaulay began to appear. It gained some further impetus from the romantic movement of the early nineteenth century, but that was all.


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