African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 185

Article in Press

The New History in Cameroon: the statusquo

Jean GORMO

  •  Received: 07 June 2018
  •  Accepted: 07 June 2018
For two decades now Cameroon History has undergone a profound thematic renewal anchoring new fields of studies. This has been marked by the emergence of new fields as well as a renewed interest in repositioning the problem that underlie the entire course of history not only in Cameroon but everywhere in the world. All of this has brought about the wider employment of an interdisciplinary approach which has broken and extended the bounds and barriers that existed between the social and the natural sciences in the past.. In all its aspects, the New History asserts itself as that global discipline that has completely broken the barriers of a single discipline contention to use an interdisciplinary approach to study man in his totality with his joys and plight. Recent findings of historians posit that there is an emergence of new themes which are seeking to answer some of the great questions of the world that seems to have been locked up in a morass of instability. Indeed, whether we are dealing with themes that deal with the history of trees or history of water as well as the history between man and animal, New History in its inquiry of studying man in his totality seeks to bring forth interesting insights and choices though which many issues are revealed with no attempt of imposition. This history became during the last two decades an important consideration in the Cameroon historical guild. This new historic production is the result of new approaches that emerged after the Cameroon University reform of 1993 which necessitated the creation of other universities in Cameroon especially the University of Ngaoundere that placed emphasis on the New History.

Keywords: The New History, history - problem, environmental history, total history, Cameroon.