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Monetary Transitions

Currencies, Colonialism and African Societies

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Uses money as a lens to analyze the social and economic impact of colonialism on African societies and institutions

  • Contributes to the debate on the historical roots of African poverty that has revived the study of their economic past

  • Addresses the monetary history of the entire colonial period in a comprehensive way

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Economic History (PEHS)

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Global and Transnational Dimensions of African Monetary Transitions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 209-209
  3. Back Matter

    Pages 293-309

About this book

This book uses money as a lens through which to analyze the social and economic impact of colonialism on African societies and institutions.  It is the first book to address the monetary history of the colonial period in a comprehensive way, covering several areas of the continent and different periods, with the ultimate aim of understanding the long-term impact of colonial monetary policies on African societies. While grounding an understanding of money in terms of its circulation, acceptance and impact, this book shows first and foremost how the monetary systems that resulted from the imposition of colonial rule on African societies were not a replacement of the old currency systems with entirely new ones, but were rather the result of the convergence of different orders of value and monetary practices. By putting histories of people using money at the heart of the story, and connecting them to larger imperial policies, the volume provides a new and fresh perspective on the history of the establishment of colonial rule in Africa.  

This book is the result of a collaborative and interdisciplinary research project that has received funding by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. The contributors are both junior and senior scholars, based at universities in Europe, Africa, Asia and the US, who are all specialists on the history of money in Africa.  It will appeal to an international audience of scholars and educators interested in African Studies and History, Economic History, Imperial and Colonial History, Development Studies, Monetary Studies.

Karin Pallaver is Associate Professor of African History in the Department of History and Cultures at the University of Bologna, Italy, where she teaches Modern African History and Indian Ocean History. Her research interests lie in the social and economic history of 19th-century and early colonial East Africa, and especially in the history of money and currency. On this topic, she has published several articles and book chapters and is collaborating with various international research groups and networks.

Keywords

  • African economic history
  • Monetary history
  • Colonial and imperial history
  • Structural poverty
  • Currency

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of History and Cultures, University of Bologna, BOLOGNA, Italy

    Karin Pallaver

About the editor


Karin Pallaver is Associate Professor of African History in the Department of History and Cultures at the University of Bologna, Italy, where she teaches Modern African History and Indian Ocean History. Her research interests lie in the social and economic history of 19th-century and early colonial East Africa, and especially in the history of money and currency. On this topic, she has published several articles and book chapters and is collaborating with various international research groups and networks.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Monetary Transitions

  • Book Subtitle: Currencies, Colonialism and African Societies

  • Editors: Karin Pallaver

  • Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Economic History

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-83461-6

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Economics and Finance, Economics and Finance (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-83460-9

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-83461-6

  • Series ISSN: 2662-6497

  • Series E-ISSN: 2662-6500

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 309

  • Number of Illustrations: 6 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Economic History, Financial History, African History

Buying options

eBook
USD 129.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-83461-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)