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Roland Oliver (born 1923) is Emeritus Professor of African history at the University of London. 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The University of London is a university based primarily in London. ...


Career

Following his undergraduate and doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge between 1941 and 1948, Roland Oliver joined the staff of the School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS at the University of London, where he was successively Lecturer, Reader and Professor until his retirement in 1986. His appointment as a Lecturer in African history marked the beginnings of the contemporary academic field of African history. The African History Seminar that he founded and chaired at SOAS became the most important venue for the advancement of the academic discipline of African history anywhere in the world, and has profoundly influenced all subsequent scholarship on the subject. The University of Cambridge, located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... This article is about the year. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The School of Oriental and African Studies (commonly abbreviated to SOAS) is a College of the University of London. ... School of Oriental and African Studies The School of Oriental and African Studies (often abbreviated to SOAS) was founded in 1916 primarily as an institution to train British administrators for colonial postings, and has grown into one of the worlds foremost institutions for the study of Asia and Africa. ... The University of London is a university based primarily in London. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... School of Oriental and African Studies The School of Oriental and African Studies (often abbreviated to SOAS) was founded in 1916 primarily as an institution to train British administrators for colonial postings, and has grown into one of the worlds foremost institutions for the study of Asia and Africa. ...


He travelled extensively in Africa in 1949-50 and 1957-58 and has visited the continent almost every year since then. In 1953, 1957 and 1961 he organised international conferences on African history and archaeology, which did much to establish the subject as an academic discipline. 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ...


In 1963, he carried out a survey of 250 working Africanist academics in the United Kingdom and founded the African Studies Association itself. 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ...


Professor Oliver has been Visiting Professor at the University of Brussels (1961), Northwestern University (1962), and Harvard University (1967). From 1979 to 1993 he was president of the British Institute in Eastern Africa. The University of Brussels can refer to three universities in Brussels, Belgium: Université Libre de Bruxelles or ULB Vrije Universiteit Brussel or VUB Katholieke Universiteit Brussel or KU Brussel This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Northwestern University is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian research university, located in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, U.S.. Northwesterns main campus is a 240-acre (97 ha) parcel in Evanston, along the shore of Lake Michigan. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...


In 1989 Professor Oliver was awarded the Distinguished Africanist Award of the American African Studies Association and in 1993 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... The British Academy is the United Kingdoms national academy for the humanities and the social sciences. ...


He was a founding editor, with John Fage, in 1960 of the Journal of African History and, again with John Fage, in 1960 of the Cambridge History of Africa which appeared in eight volumes between 1975 and 1986. Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Cambridge History of Africa, and his influential Oxford History of East Africa, were produced in a decade between the late 70s and late 80s. These histories recognised and celebrated the long, rich history of Africa, which for the first half of the 20th Century was previously thought by historians to have only a history "created" by white travellers, administrators and settlers.


Throughout his long career Professor Oliver was an eminent researcher, writer, teacher, administrator and organiser, who had a profound effect on the development of African Studies in the United Kingdom and who has made an outstanding contribution to the study of African history.


Books

Professor Oliver has written several books, including:

  • The Missionary Factor in East Africa, 1952;
  • Sir Harry Johnston and the Scramble for Africa, 1957;
  • A Short History of Africa (with John Fage), 1962, 6th edition 1988;
  • Africa since 1800 (with Anthony Atmore) 1967;
  • Africa in the Iron Age (with Brian Fagan) 1975;
  • The African Middle Ages (with Anthony Atmore) 1981;
  • The African Experience, 1991, Revised 1999;
  • In the Realms of Gold: Pioneering in African History, 1997.

1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Brian Fagan is an author of popular archaeology books as well as being emeritus professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. Bibliography The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History 1300-1850 Floods, Famines, and Emperors The Great Journey... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • http://www.asauk.net/awards_previous.html
  • http://www.perseusbooksgroup.com/Westview/author_detail.jsp?id=287392
  • http://www.africana.co.uk/collections/col_oliv.shtml

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