Toby Green, winner of the British Academy’s Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding 2019, discusses his groundbreaking history, A Fistful of Shells, in conversation with Zeinab Badawi.
Drawing on fieldwork in eight African countries and archival research in nine countries, on art, praise-singers, oral history, archaeology, letters and the author's personal experience, the book creates a new perspective on one of the world's most important regions.
It also explores how what was once a trade of equals between Africa and Europe gradually revolved around the slave trade, damaging Africa's relative power as the terms of monetary exchange shifted drastically in Europe's favour; yet as it depicts this important and little-studied history, it also places the African past within a wider context of the achievements of art and politics, and the global connections that have always characterised the continent.
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Reserve tickets at this website2020-01-27 18:30 2020-01-27 18:30 Europe/London A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the rise of the slave trade to the age of revolution Toby Green discusses his groundbreaking history, A Fistful of Shells, in conversation with Zeinab Badawi. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2020/01/27/a-fistful-of-shells-west-africa-from-the-rise-of-the-slave-trade-to-the-age-of-revolution-222462 The British Academy,10-11 Carlton House Terrace,London,
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