As an addendum to my last post, did you know that Basil Davidson once walked the hallowed corridors of Manchester University?
He was appointed a senior Simon Research Fellow for the academic year 1975/76, doing library research for another book on the Centre’s shelves – his Africa in Modern History: The Search for a New Society, published in 1978. How intriguing that he may have spent many hours on campus, in the Main Library and perhaps the Dover Street Building (where the Department of Sociology was then based).
Nice to know Manchester played its part in helping Basil restore to Africans their history and culture, don’t you think?
If anyone bumped into him and has any memories to share, do let us know…