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The Natural History of Madagascar
Steven M. Goodman
0226303063
Jan 2004
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Book Description
Separated from the mainland of Africa for 160 million years, Madagascar has evolved an incredible wealth of biodiversity, with thousands of species that can be found nowhere else on earth. For instance, of its estimated 12,000 plant species, nearly 10,000 are unique to Madagascar. Malagasy animals are just as spectacular, from its almost forty currently recognized species of lemurs--a primate group found only here--to the numerous species of tiny dwarf chameleons. With astounding frequency scientists discover a previously unknown species in Madagascar--and at almost the same rate another natural area of habitat is degraded or destroyed, a combination that recently led conservation organizations to name Madagascar one of the most important and threatened conservation priorities on the planet.

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History and Memory in the Age of Enslavement
Pier Martin Larson
0325002169
Sept 2000
Paperback
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Review
“Larson's book raises a series of challenging questions about the historical production of ethnic identity, and the complex epistemological relationships between historical memory, identity, and history. It is smart, well written, and intellectually challenging. In the historiographical level, Larson succeeds in integrating Malagasy history into the mainstream history of the continent.”–Richard Roberts, Department of History, Stanford University

Book Description
In this story of the impact of slave trade on an insular African society, Larson explores how the people of highland Madagascar reshaped their social identity and their cultural practices.

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History and Memory in the Age of Enslavement
Pier Martin Larson
0325002177
Sept 2000
Hardcover
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Review
“This is not just a fine history of the Merina and 19th-century Madagascar; it may be one of the most crucial works of the past 50 years in the field. Upper-division undergraduates and above.”–Choice Reviews
“Larson's book raises a series of challenging questions about the historical production of ethnic identity, and the complex epistemological relationships between historical memory, identity, and history. It is smart, well written, and intellectually challenging. In the historiographical level, Larson succeeds in integrating Malagasy history into the mainstream history of the continent.”–Richard Roberts, Department of History, Stanford University

Book Description
In this story of the impact of slave trade on an insular African society, Larson...


From Blessing to Violence
Maurice Bloch
0521314046
Apr 1986
Paperback
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Book Description
The circumcision ritual of the Merina of Madagascar is seen by them primarily as a blessing, involving the transfer of the love and concern of the ancestors of their descendants. Yet the ritual ends in an act of ciolent wounding of the child. Similarily, while the ritual involves a symbolic assault on women, it is nonetheless welcomed by them as a mark of receiving the blessing of the ancestors. In this book, Maurice Bloch provides a detailed description and analysis of the Merina circumcision ritual today, offers an account of its history, and discusses the significance of his analysis for anthropological theories of ritual in general. Pursuing the theme of the combination of religious joy and illumination with violence, Professor Bloch explains how, at various times, the circumcision ceremony can be a familial ritual...


An Economic History of Imperial Madagascar, 1750-1895
Gwyn Campbell
0521839351
Nov 2004
Hardcover
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Review
"The great strength and originality of this study, however, lie in the surprising wealth of detailed economic information the author has unearthed about the fascinating attempt of the Merina monarchs to transform their society through education, industrialization, agricultural development, and the manufacture of their own weaponry. Highly recommended." Choice

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This comprehensive economic history of pre-colonial Madagascar examines the island's role in the burgeoning international economy and the rise of modern European imperialism. It reveals that the Merina of the Central Highlands attempted to found an island empire and, through the exploitation of its human and natural resources, develop the economic and military might to challenge British and French pretensions in...


The Weight of the Past
Michael Lambek
1403960674
Jan 2003
Hardcover
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Review
"Michael Lambek's inspired analysis draws on classic conceptions from authors such as Aristotle and Mauss to illuminate the making of a social world. This is not an antiquarian study: the cult of Sakalava royalty may contradict the conditions of modern life in theory, but co-exists with them in practice. This major work will reshape the debates between anthropology and history."
--Wendy James, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford University

"Lambek's tour de force needs to be read by every Africanist. Guiding us through a maze of royal wonders, great centers and their peripheries, controversial relics and their devotions, modes of homage, care and respect, Lambek offers the crowning accomplishment in his path-finding studies of mediums and spirit possession."
--Richard Werbner, Professor of...


The Weight of the Past
Michael Lambek
1403960682
Jan 2003
Paperback
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Review
"Michael Lambek's inspired analysis draws on classic conceptions from authors such as Aristotle and Mauss to illuminate the making of a social world. This is not an antiquarian study: the cult of Sakalava royalty may contradict the conditions of modern life in theory, but co-exists with them in practice. This major work will reshape the debates between anthropology and history."
--Wendy James, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford University

"Lambek's tour de force needs to be read by every Africanist. Guiding us through a maze of royal wonders, great centers and their peripheries, controversial relics and their devotions, modes of homage, care and respect, Lambek offers the crowning accomplishment in his path-finding studies of mediums and spirit possession."
--Richard Werbner, Professor of...


Studies of Religion in Africa, Ancestors, Power and History in Madagascar
Karen P. Middleton
9004112898
Jan 1999
Hardcover
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African Social Studies Series, Constructing History, Culture and Inequality
Sandra Evers
9004124608
Jan 2002
Paperback
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