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The Challenge of Studying Inflation in Precolonial Africa by Klas Rönnbäck: A Response

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Original languageEnglish
JournalHistory in Africa: an annual journal of method
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 11 Oct 2017


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Following the article by Klas Rönnbäck, this article responds by stressing some key elements missing from the original article. These include the connection of African economic history to world economic history, the question of periodization and economic change, and the issue of currency devaluation in the period in question. The response concludes by posing several questions of the theoretical assumptions made by economists regarding data, and problematizes the applicability of such models to a distant pre-colonial African past.

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