546 Book Reviews / African and Asian Studies 6 (2007) 537-552 John Edward Phillips. Writing African History. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2006; no price stated. In Writing African History , Editor John Edward Phillips and his contributors oﬀer compel- ling arguments for interrogating and engaging knowledge production in African history. Th e book’s primary objective dispels misleading paradigms and generates rigorous dis- courses inclusive of methodological and theoretical frameworks. Th e volume generally contributes to the growing body of scholastic inquiries and debates in the last four decades. Also, its contributions, as an anthology, counter theoretical/peda- gogical paradigms by generating new questions and formulating new theories to existing tensions whereby the study of Africa is concerned. For example, how should we study Africa in the twenty-ﬁrst century without replicating the mistakes of the past – this is the core question that the contributors grapple with. Phillips underscores it more eloquently when he, inter alia , writes: “History is a conversa- tion the present holds with the past . . . [In order words, African] History therefore will always be a work in-progress because the “present” is continually becoming occupied by new generations” (page 4). Th e book
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