AGRICULTURE AND AFRICAN HISTORY
In I986 when Sara Berry and I organized a graduate seminar on 'Agriculture in African History', our search of the literature for the reading list yielded primarily works of social and economic history for which agriculture was, to greater or lesser degree, a touchstone rather than a primary focus. For the most part, African agricultural history has been subsumed in the past two decades under broader rubrics of economic, social, or political history and treated under a more general interest in peasant studies. Thus most historians have focused more on agriculture as a sub-field of political economy than as an agenda for the study of field systems, technology, and cropping patterns. Moreover, the most influential work has been done by scholars formally trained in other fields, including economics, geography, archaeology, and anthropology.