Frontiers in African Economic History

New Frontiers in African Economic History – AEHN’s blog – diffuses research-based content and promotes discussion concerning the study of long-term African development. The blog provides authors a platform to disseminate easily accessible summaries (750 words) of their recently published research (articles, book chapters, book reviews, theses), publishes interviews with key scholars in the field, and discusses relevant developments (for example, concerning the state of African archives). We welcome blog contributions and suggestions. Please contact the editors (Felix Meier zu SelhausenMichiel de Haas and Kate Frederick) to discuss possible posts at: [email protected].

Indian Textiles and Gum Arabic in the Lower Senegal River: Global Significance of Local Trade and Consumers in the Early Nineteenth Century

Kazuo Kobayashi is a JSPS postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tokyo. He is now finalising his monograph on West African consumer demand for Indian textiles that shaped the pattern of globalisation during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This paper uses a new set...
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Social Mobility among Christian Africans: Evidence from Anglican Marriage Registers in Uganda, 1895-2011

Felix Meier zu Selhausen is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Sussex. His research project "Conversion out of Poverty?" explores the origins and long-term consequences of historical Christian missionary activities in Africa, using a wide range of historical individual-level data. Marco H.D....
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Colonial State Formation Without Integration: Tax Capacity and Labour Regimes in Portuguese Mozambique (1890s–1970s)

Kleoniki Alexopoulou is a PhD Researcher within the VIDI-Project ‘Is Poverty Destiny? Exploring Long Term Changes in African Living Standards in Global Perspective’ at the Rural and Environmental History Group at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on the role of fiscal...
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European Trade, Colonialism, and Human Capital Accumulation in Senegal, Gambia and Western Mali, 1770-1900

Gabriele Cappelli focuses on research concerning the long-term evolution of education and human capital, as well as their socio-economic and institutional determinants, across European and African regions. He is interested in the interaction of supply-side policies and pre-existent local social and economic endowments, as...
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Slave ship provisioning in the long 18th century. A boost to West African commercial agriculture?

Angus Dalrymple-Smith is a PhD Candidate (2013-present) at the Rural and Environmental History Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. His research focuses on the causes and impact of the nineteenth century commercial transition from slaves to 'legitimate commerce' in West Africa and the health and...
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Long-term trends in economic inequality: Lessons from colonial Botswana 1921–1974

Jutta Bolt is an Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen. Her research focuses on understanding long-term comparative economic development patterns, with a special focus on Africa. Current research projects include understanding long-term agricultural productivity in Africa, studying the historical origins of present-day income...
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