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].

Financing the African Colonial State: Fiscal Capacity Building and Forced Labor

Marlous van Waijenburg is Assistant Professor of Economics and Postdoctoral Scholar in the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on comparative and long-term analyses of African economic development, fiscal institutions, material living standards, and (coercive) labor markets. Her doctoral...
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African Agricultural Productivity and the Transatlantic Slave Trade: Evidence from Senegambia in the Nineteenth Century

Klas Rönnbäck is Associate Professor in Economic History at the Department of Economy and Society, University of Gothenburg. He has published research on African and Atlantic economic history in many different journals. He recently published "Labor and Living Standards in Pre-Colonial West Africa: The...
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An Economic Rationale for the West African Scramble? The Commercial Transition and the Commodity Price Boom of 1835–1885

Ewout Frankema is Professor and Chair of Rural and Environmental History at Wageningen University and elected member of the Young Academy of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research agenda focuses on a deeper understanding of the long-term comparative economic development...
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‘Changing Grounds’. The Development of Coffee Production in the Lake Kivu Region (1918-1960/62)

Sven Van Melkebeke is affiliated to the Department of History at Ghent University (Belgium) where he recently completed his PhD thesis. His main interests are the development of commodity frontiers, labor, rural and environmental history with a primary focus on Central Africa during the colonial period....
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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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Weather Shocks and Agricultural Commercialization in Colonial Tropical Africa: Did Export Crops Alleviate Social Distress?

Kostadis J. Papaioannou  is currently working as a Postdoc on the research project “Spatial Inequalities in African Political Economy” at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). He obtained his PhD at the Rural and Environmental History Group, Wageningen University. His research interests...
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From Coercion to Compensation: Institutional Responses to Labour Scarcity in the Central African Copperbelt

Dácil Juif is a junior assistant professor at Carlos III University of Madrid. Her current research focuses on the economic history of central and southern Africa, especially on the well-being of mining workers, labour migration and human capital. She obtained her PhD at Eberhard-Karls University...
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Measuring rural welfare in colonial Africa: did Uganda’s smallholders thrive?

Michiel de Haas is a PhD Candidate (2013-present) at the Rural and Environmental History Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. His research focuses on welfare development, agricultural commercialization and agrarian change in Central and Eastern Africa, with a primary focus on Uganda during the colonial era. ...
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Doing Economic History in Africa: experiences from the archives in Uganda

Michiel de Haas is a PhD Candidate (2013-present) at the Rural and Environmental History Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. His research focuses on agricultural commercialization, rural welfare and long-term agrarian development in Central and Eastern Africa, with a primary focus on Uganda during the colonial...
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