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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.

ArticlesJournalVolumeIssueYear
Peasants, Planters and Cotton Capitalists: The `Dual Economy’ in Colonial UgandaCanadian Journal of African Studies1221978
Imperial Land Policy in Swaziland and the African ResponseThe Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History711978
The Politics of Collaboration in Bulozi, 1890-1914 The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History1321985
Black Squatters on White Farms: Segregation and Agrarian Change in Kenya, South Africa, and Rhodesia, 1902-1963. The International History Review2432002
Review ArticlesJournalVolumeIssueYear
Portraits of the Imperialists: Colonial Governors and Administrators in British AfricaCanadian Journal of African Studies1421980
Official Publications Relating to East AfricaCanadian Journal of African Studies1521981
Agrarian Change and Conflict in KenyaCanadian Journal of African Studies2511991
Mamdani’s HistoryCanadian Journal of African Studies3422000
Class Acts II: Texts and Contexts for African HistoryCanadian Journal of African Studies3522001
Inventories and Interventions: (Re)figuring the ArchiveCanadian Journal of African Studies4012006
Sara Baartman: Inspection / Dissection / ResurrectionCanadian Journal of African Studies4132007
Mining Capital and Colonialism in AfricaCanadian Journal of African Studies4412010
Settler Colonialism or Colonies with Settlers?Canadian Journal of African Studies5212018
Book/Film ReviewsJournalVolumeIssueYear
Edward I. Steinhart, Conflict and Collaboration: The Kingdoms of Western Uganda, 1890-1907, within Livres/BooksCanadian Journal of African Studies1331980
L.H. Gann and Peter Duignan, The Rulers of German Africa, 1884-1914Canadian Journal of African Studies1331980
Martin Staniland, American Intellectuals and African Nationalists, 1955-1970History: Reviews of New Books2041992
Justin Willis, Mombasa, the Swahili, and the Making of the MijikendaHistory: Reviews of New Books2321995
Philip Murphy, Party Politics and Decolonization: The Conservative Party and British Colonial Policy in Tropical Africa, 1951-1964History: Reviews of New Books2421996
Janina M. Konczaki, ed. Victorian Explorer: The African Diaries of Captain William G. Stairs, 1887-1892International History Review1811996
Paul B. Rich, State Power and Black Politics in South Africa, 1912–51History: Reviews of New Books2521997
H. Leslie Steeves, Gender Violence and the Press: The St. Kizito StoryCanadian Journal of African Studies3131997
Brian M. du Toit, The Boers in East Africa: Ethnicity and IdentityCanadian Journal of African Studies3111999
ickson A. Mungazi, The Last British Liberals in Africa: Michael Blundell and Garfield Todd. Westport Praeger, 1999The International History Review2242000
Suke Wolton, Lord Hailey, the Colonial Office, and the Politics of Race and Empire in the Second World War: The Loss of White PrestigeThe International History Review2342001
Joanna Lewis, Empire State Building: War and Welfare in Kenya, 1925-52The International History Review2422002
Seymour Drescher, The Mighty Experiment: Free Labor versus Slavery in British EmancipationHistory: Reviews of New Books3122003
Frederick Cooper, Africa since 1940: The Past of the PresentCanadian Journal of African Studies3912005
Thomas V. McClendon, Genders and Generations Apart: Labor Tenants and Customary Law in Segregation-Era South Africa, 1920s to 1940sCanadian Journal of African Studies4012006
Timothy H. Parsons. Race, Resistance, and the Boy Scout Movement in British Colonial AfricaThe International History Review2842006
Clare Pettitt, Dr Livingstone, I Presume? Missionaries, Journalists, Explorers, and EmpireThe International History Review3032008
Edward Berenson, Heroes of Empire: Five Charismatic Men and the Conquest of AfricaThe International History Review3442012
Joel Calmettes, Berlin 1885: The Division of AfricaCanadian Journal of African Studies4922015
Harvey Feinberg, Our Land, Our Life, Our Future: Black South African Challenges to Territorial Segregation, 1913-1948Canadian Journal of African Studies4932015

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