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The Peopling of the World from the Perspective of Language, Genes and Material Culture
This volume provides the most up-to-date and holistic but compact account of the peopling of the world from the perspective of language, genes and material culture, presenting a view from the Himalayas. The phylogeny of language families, the chronology of branching of linguistic family trees and the historical and modern geographical distribution of language communities inform us about the spread of languages and linguistic phyla. The global distribution and the chronology of spread of Y chromosomal haplogroups appears closely correlated with the spread of language families. New findings on ancient DNA have greatly enhanced our understanding of the prehistory and provenance of our biological ancestors. The archaeological study of past material cultures provides yet a third independent window onto the complex prehistory of our species.
This book offers an in-depth examination of the conflict of 1838 to 1840 between the Zulus and the Boers. Leśniewski reflects on the established historiography and reappraises some key conceptions of the war. The conflict has often been seen as a colonial war, with the Zulus cast into the role of either villains or victims. Drawing on written primary sources and Zulu oral tradition, the author instead argues that the war was a struggle between an established regional power aiming to defend and consolidate its position and an incoming power seeking land, settlement, and local supremacy.
Die deutsche Kolonialzeit hat auch in Westfalen und Lippe Spuren hinterlassen: Denkmäler und Straßen ehren koloniale Akteure, ethnographische Objekte in Museen erzählen von „exotischen“ Welten. Doch zwischen kolonialer und regionaler Geschichte gibt es noch viele weitere, bislang wenig beachtete Bezüge.
Nicht nur in den kolonialen Macht- und Handelszentren, auch in der Provinz prägte die Wahrnehmung des Kolonialen den Alltag. Die Autorinnen und Autoren dieses mit zahlreichen Illustrationen versehenen Bandes stellen Aus- und Rückwirkungen des Kolonialismus auf das Leben in der westfälischen und lippischen Provinz vor: Die Verflechtungen westfälischer Städte mit dem kolonialen Handel, eine kritische Aufarbeitung von Biographien und Netzwerken kolonialer Akteure, die exotisierende und rassifizierende Zurschaustellung von Menschen sowie den Umgang mit Erinnerungsorten und Sammlungen.
Author: Litian Swen
Jesuit Mission and Submission explains how the Jesuits entered the Manchu world after the Manchus conquered Beijing in 1644. Supported by Qing court archives, the book discovers the Jesuits’ Manchu-style master-slave relationship with the Kangxi emperor. Against the backdrop of this relationship, the book reconstructs the back and forth negotiations between Kangxi and the Holy See regarding Chinese Rites Controversy (1705-1721), and shows that the Jesuits, although a group of foreign priests, had close access to Kangxi and were a trusted part of the Imperial circle. This book also redefines the rise and fall of the Christian mission in the early Qing court through key events, such as the Calendar Case and Yongzheng’s prohibition of Christianity.
England’s Early Africa Companies and their Traders, 1618-1672
This book directs its main focus to the Guinea Company and its members, aiming to understand the genealogy of several major changes taking place in the English Atlantic and in the Anglo-Africa trade in the 17th century and beyond. Little focus has been directed at the companies that preceded the Royal African Company, launched in 1672, and through presenting the Guinea Company - the earliest of England’s chartered Africa companies, and its relationship with the influential men who became its members, the book questions the inevitability of the Atlantic reality of the later seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Through its members, the Guinea Company emerged as a purpose-built structure with the ability to weather a volatile trade undergoing fundamental change.
Volume Editors: Andrea Komlosy and Goran Musić
Due to the increasing linkage of global production sites, the concept of commodity chains has become indispensable for the investigation of production at a global scale. Although work is the basis of production in every involved location, it is often being neglected as a research subject without taking interest in the workers, the work processes and the working conditions. This edited volume provides a collection of historical and contemporary commodity chain studies by placing labor at the centre of analysis. A global historical perspective demonstrates that splitting production processes to different, hierarchically connected locations are by no means new phenomena. The book is thus an important and valuable contribution to commodity chain research, but also to the fields of social-economic and global labour history.

Contributors are: András Pinkasz, Andrea Komlosy, Christin Bernhold, Ernst Langthaler, Franziska Ollendorf, Goran Musić, Jan Grumiller, Johanna Sittel, Jörg Nowak, Karin Fischer, Klemens Kaps, Miroslav Lacko, Santosh Hasnu, Stefan Schmalz, Tamás Gerőcs, Tibor T. Meszmann, and Uwe Spiekermann.
Unter Mitarbeit von Torsten Konopka
Der Band beschreibt die wichtigsten Aspekte der historischen, wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Entwicklung Malis sowie der vier Staaten Mauretanien, Burkina Faso, Niger und Tschad, mit denen Mali seit 2014 die „G5 Sahel“ bildet.
Anfang 2012 rebellierten Tuareg-Gruppen in Malis Norden. Die Rebellen riefen den unabhängigen Staat „Azawad“ aus. Die Kontrolle übernahmen jedoch bald Dschihadisten. 2013 intervenierten Frankreich und mehrere afrikanische Staaten. Mit ihrer Hilfe konnten die urbanen Zentren Malis zurückerobert werden. Doch langfristige Stabilität stellte sich nicht ein. Auch Malis Nachbarstaaten Burkina Faso und Niger wurden in den vergangenen Jahren immer labiler. Zahlreiche Karten und Abbildungen sowie ein umfangreicher Serviceteil ergänzen die Informationen über die ausgewählten Staaten.
In: Global Commodity Chains and Labor Relations