Episode 62 of Africa Past and Present released

In this new episode of the podcast hosted by MSU historians Peter Alegi and Peter Limb, David Newbury (Smith College) discusses the historical dynamics of kingship, legitimacy, and violence in Central and East Africa. He focuses on Alison Des Forges’s Defeat is the Only Bad News: Rwanda under Musinga, 1896-1931 and The Land beyond the Mists: Essays on Identity & Authority in Precolonial Congo & Rwanda. Newbury deconstructs static views of royal dynasties/chronologies, comments on the legacy of Des Forges, and discusses changes in the writing of African history.

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