Adam Jones (historian)

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Adam Jones (* 1950 in London ) is a British Africanist and professor at the University of Leipzig .


Jones studied German and Modern History at Oxford University , then worked as a teacher in Sierra Leone . He received his PhD from the Center of West African Studies at the University of Birmingham . He completed his habilitation at the Institute for Historical Ethnology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and has been Professor of African History and Culture at the University of Leipzig since 1995. He retired in October 2016.

Among other things, he dealt with sources on (West) African history and the history of German African studies.

He is editor of History in Africa magazine .


  • German sources for West African history 1599–1669. Steiner, Wiesbaden 1983, ISBN 3-515-03728-4 .
  • From slaves to palm kernels: a history of the Galinhas country (West Africa), 1730–1890 , Studien zur Kulturkunde 68, Steiner 1983
  • Brandenburg sources for West African history 1680-1700 , Steiner, Stuttgart 1985, ISBN 3-515-04315-2 .
  • On the problem of sources in the history of West Africa: 1450–1900 , Wiesbaden: Steiner 1990
  • Editor with Albert van Dantzig: Pieter de Marees, Description and historical account of the gold kingdom of Guinea (1602) , Oxford 1987
  • with PEH Hair, Robin Law (Ed.): Barbot on Guinea: The Writings of Jean Barbot on West Africa 1678–1712 , 2 volumes, London 1992
  • Publisher: West-Africa in the mid seventeenth century. An anonymous dutch manuscript. Transcribed, translated and edited by Adam Jones , Atlanta 1995
  • Publisher: Olfert Dapper`s description of Benin (1668) , Madison 1998
  • Africa in World History , Storia della Storiografia, Volume 35, 1999, pp. 75-82
  • “I am all the same as god.” Royal bodies and human sacrifices in three West African states (18th – 19th centuries) , in: Franz-Reiner Erkens (ed.): Die Sakralität von Herrschaft , 2002, pp. 184–197
  • Editor: Religious Space and the Shaping of Gender Encounters in African Christianity (= Comparativ. Journal for Global History and Comparative Society Research). 17, issue 5/6, 2007, pp. 1-145
  • Travelers and exploration: Europeans (1500–1800) , and with Donald Simpson: Travelers and exploration: Europeans (since 1800) , in: John Middleton, Joseph C. Miller (Ed.): New Encyclopedia of Africa , Volume 5, 2008, Scribners, pp. 98-103.
  • Written Sources for the Material Culture of the Gold Coast before 1800: A Provisional Checklist , in: Journal des Africanistes, Volume 75, 2006, pp. 99-100, 282-316.
  • Africa until 1850 , Neue Fischer Weltgeschichte , 2016, ISBN 978-3-10-010839-5 .


  • Geert Castryck, Silke Stickrodt, Katja Werthmann (Eds.): Sources and Methods for African History and Culture - Essays in Honor of Adam Jones. Leipzig University Press 2016

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Individual evidence

  1. Short biography in his book in der Fischer Weltgeschichte