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In Praise of a Scholarly Editor: Christopher Paul Youé, 1948-2018

In Praise of a Scholarly Editor: Christopher Paul Youé, 1948-2018

By Roger Riendeau & Belinda Dodson

“A very good editor is almost a collaborator,” according to the internationally renowned Welsh novelist Ken Follet. In a similar vein, the award-winning American children’s writer Patricia MacLachlan adds: “Somehow, great editors ask the right questions … that get you to write better.” Although the roles of a literary editor and a scholarly journal editor are very different,  the perspectives of Follet or MacLachlan about the value of an editor most certainly apply to the late Chris Youe. When he was not the affable and insightful professor of history at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Christopher Paul Youe for the final two decades of his life was a distinguished author and editor of the Canadian Journal of African Studies / La Revue Canadienne des etudes africaines (CJAS/RCEA), published by the Canadian Association of African Studies / L’Association canadienne des etudes africaines (CAAS/ACEA). Professor Youe’s leadership role within the African Studies community of Canada was also reflected in his three decades of service on the CAAS/RCEA Executive, including two terms as President.

Professor Youé’s passion for African Studies was expressed not only in his substantial research and writing – some of which are featured in this collection and most of which are listed in the bibliography at the end of this tribute – but even more so in his inspiring teaching and thoughtful scholarly editing. He enthusiastically devoted four decades of his life to opening up the eyes and minds of his students to the magnificent and harsh realities of the continent that so fascinated him. He was especially proud of the coterie of graduates whom he shepherded into academia to become successful Africanist scholars in their own right. Indeed, so much of his intellectual energy was devoted to helping others to advance their scholarship as beneficiaries of his editorial acumen and as well as his intellectual guidance and mentorship. Professor Youé (he much preferred to be called Chris) was particularly supportive of scholars from Africa, many of whom struggled to get their research published because of a lack of scholarly resources, a plight that motivated him to champion the Books to Africa Program sponsored by CAAS.

Read the full tribute to Professor Youé.

The articles below are free-access via this page only up until the end of 2019.

Articles Journal Volume Issue Year
Peasants, Planters and Cotton Capitalists: The `Dual Economy’ in Colonial Uganda Canadian Journal of African Studies 12 2 1978
Imperial Land Policy in Swaziland and the African Response The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 7 1 1978
The Politics of Collaboration in Bulozi, 1890-1914 The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 13 2 1985
Black Squatters on White Farms: Segregation and Agrarian Change in Kenya, South Africa, and Rhodesia, 1902-1963. The International History Review 24 3 2002
Review Articles Journal Volume Issue Year
Portraits of the Imperialists: Colonial Governors and Administrators in British Africa Canadian Journal of African Studies 14 2 1980
Official Publications Relating to East Africa Canadian Journal of African Studies 15 2 1981
Agrarian Change and Conflict in Kenya Canadian Journal of African Studies 25 1 1991
Mamdani’s History Canadian Journal of African Studies 34 2 2000
Class Acts II: Texts and Contexts for African History Canadian Journal of African Studies 35 2 2001
Inventories and Interventions: (Re)figuring the Archive Canadian Journal of African Studies 40 1 2006
Sara Baartman: Inspection / Dissection / Resurrection Canadian Journal of African Studies 41 3 2007
Mining Capital and Colonialism in Africa Canadian Journal of African Studies 44 1 2010
Settler Colonialism or Colonies with Settlers? Canadian Journal of African Studies 52 1 2018
Book/Film Reviews Journal Volume Issue Year
Edward I. Steinhart, Conflict and Collaboration: The Kingdoms of Western Uganda, 1890-1907, within Livres/Books Canadian Journal of African Studies 13 3 1980
L.H. Gann and Peter Duignan, The Rulers of German Africa, 1884-1914 Canadian Journal of African Studies 13 3 1980
Martin Staniland, American Intellectuals and African Nationalists, 1955-1970 History: Reviews of New Books 20 4 1992
Justin Willis, Mombasa, the Swahili, and the Making of the Mijikenda History: Reviews of New Books 23 2 1995
Philip Murphy, Party Politics and Decolonization: The Conservative Party and British Colonial Policy in Tropical Africa, 1951-1964 History: Reviews of New Books 24 2 1996
Janina M. Konczaki, ed. Victorian Explorer: The African Diaries of Captain William G. Stairs, 1887-1892 International History Review 18 1 1996
Paul B. Rich, State Power and Black Politics in South Africa, 1912–51 History: Reviews of New Books 25 2 1997
H. Leslie Steeves, Gender Violence and the Press: The St. Kizito Story Canadian Journal of African Studies 31 3 1997
Brian M. du Toit, The Boers in East Africa: Ethnicity and Identity Canadian Journal of African Studies 31 1 1999
ickson A. Mungazi, The Last British Liberals in Africa: Michael Blundell and Garfield Todd. Westport Praeger, 1999 The International History Review 22 4 2000
Suke Wolton, Lord Hailey, the Colonial Office, and the Politics of Race and Empire in the Second World War: The Loss of White Prestige The International History Review 23 4 2001
Joanna Lewis, Empire State Building: War and Welfare in Kenya, 1925-52 The International History Review 24 2 2002
Seymour Drescher, The Mighty Experiment: Free Labor versus Slavery in British Emancipation History: Reviews of New Books 31 2 2003
Frederick Cooper, Africa since 1940: The Past of the Present Canadian Journal of African Studies 39 1 2005
Thomas V. McClendon, Genders and Generations Apart: Labor Tenants and Customary Law in Segregation-Era South Africa, 1920s to 1940s Canadian Journal of African Studies 40 1 2006
Timothy H. Parsons. Race, Resistance, and the Boy Scout Movement in British Colonial Africa The International History Review 28 4 2006
Clare Pettitt, Dr Livingstone, I Presume? Missionaries, Journalists, Explorers, and Empire The International History Review 30 3 2008
Edward Berenson, Heroes of Empire: Five Charismatic Men and the Conquest of Africa The International History Review 34 4 2012
Joel Calmettes, Berlin 1885: The Division of Africa Canadian Journal of African Studies 49 2 2015
Harvey Feinberg, Our Land, Our Life, Our Future: Black South African Challenges to Territorial Segregation, 1913-1948 Canadian Journal of African Studies 49 3 2015

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