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Jan Vansina’s 1961 booklet, Oral Tradition, was once hailed across the world as a pioneering paintings within the box of ethno-history. initially released in French, it was once translated into English, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, and Hungarian. Reviewers have been unanimous of their compliment of Vansina’s good fortune in subjecting oral traditions to extreme useful analysis.
     Now, Vansina—with the advantage of 20 years of extra notion and research—has revised his unique paintings considerably, thoroughly rewriting a few sections and including a lot new fabric. the result's an basically new paintings, critical to all scholars and students of historical past, anthropology, folklore, and ethno-history who're involved with the transmission and capability makes use of of oral material.

“Those embarking at the difficult event of historic fieldwork with an oral neighborhood will locate the ebook a worthwhile spouse, crammed with reliable useful suggestion. those that have already got accumulated our bodies of oral fabric, or who attempt to interpret and examine that gathered by means of others, can be pressured to topic their very own methodological methods to a severe reexamination within the gentle of Vansina’s considerate and provocative insights. . . . For the second one time in 1 / 4 of a century, we're profoundly within the debt of Jan Vansina.”—Research in African Literatures

“Oral Traditions as historical past is an important addition to the elemental literature of African history.”—American ancient Review

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