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African Studies

Southern Nilotic History: Linguistic Approaches to the Study of the Past

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In Southern Nilotic History, Christopher Ehret reconstructs the history of the Southern Nilotic speaking peoples of East Africa, from their earliest origins to the beginning of the colonial period. As a history, the book is a remarkable tour de force. Using mainly linguistic evidence, the author locates populations, moves them around, determines their relative influence vis–vis their neighbors, and reconstructs aspects of their culture, from basic economy to the practice of extracting incisors. – American Anthropologist

About the Author

CHRISTOPHER EHRET (born 1941) holds the position of Distinguished Research Professor at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is the author of several books including History and the Testimony of Language, The Civilizations of Africa: A History to 1800, and A Historical-Comparative Reconstruction of Nilo-Saharan.


By Christopher Ehret

Publication Date: 1971

  • History
  • East Africa
  • DOI: 10.21985/N2VM74

    E-ISBN: 978-0-8101-3833-9

    P-ISBN: 978-0-8101-3832-2

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