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

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-28
Number of pages10
JournalHistory in Africa: an annual journal of method
Early online date27 Nov 2017
Accepted/In press11 Oct 2017
E-pub ahead of print27 Nov 2017
Published1 Jun 2018


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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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