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Abstract Jan Vansina was born in Antwerp, Belgium on September 14, 1929 and received his PhD in history from the University Leuven in 1957.He is a major figure in the study of Africa and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He published twenty monographs, over two hundred articles, and was the co-author, editor, compiler, annotator etc. for many other works. His extensive fieldwork and study of oral tradition established the context and methodologies for...