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A History of Sub-Saharan Africa

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Beschreibung

Beschreibung

In a trawl through the entire sweep of sub-Saharan history, the authors have written an accessible introduction for students and general readers. The opening chapter on geography and climate frames the discussion, demonstrating how the environment has shaped the societies and cultures of those living in the region. Thereafter they describe the rise of states and empires in the classical period, the slave trade within Africa and beyond to the Americas, and the European conquest. The concluding section focuses on Africa in the twentieth century as it gains independence and searches for a new identity beyond colonialism. While the authors mull over the debates which have shaped the study of African history, at the centre of this story are the tragedies, triumphs and the resilience of the African people. The book is illustrated with photographs, maps, and sidebars which feature the salient points on either side of the debates.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Introduction;
1. The historical geography of Africa;
2. Kingdoms on the Nile;
3. The peoples of sub-Saharan Africa: society, culture and language;
4. Crops, cows and iron;
5. North-East Africa in the age of Aksum;
6. Empires of the plains;
7. East Africa and the Indian Ocean world;
8. The lake plateau of East Africa;
9. Societies and states of the West African forest;
10. Kingdoms and trade in Central Africa;
11.The peoples and states of Southern Africa;
12. The arrival of the Europeans in sub-Saharan Africa;
13. Diseases and crops: old and new;
14. Slavery in Africa;
15. The Atlantic slave trade;
16. The Asian slave trade;
17. Prelude to the European conquest of Africa;
18. The European conquest of Africa;
19. Africans, Dutch and the British in South Africa, 1480–1910;
20. European colonial rule in Africa;
21. The colonial legacy;
22. Nationalism and the independence of colonial Africa;
23. The union of South Africa and the apartheid state;
24. A decade of hope;
25. Cold War Africa;
26. Africa at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Portrait

Robert O. Collins is Emeritus Professor of History in the University of California, Santa Barbara. His most recent books are The Nile (2002), and with Millard Burr, Revolutionary Sudan: Hasan al-Turabi and the Islamist State, 1989-2000 (2003), and Alms for Jihad: Charity and Terrorism in the Islamic World (2006). James M. Burns is Associate Professor of History at Clemson University. He has written Flickering Shadows: Cinema and Identity in Colonial Zimbabwe (2002) and co-edited, with Robert O. Collins, Problems in African History (1996-2006).

Pressestimmen

‘The clear writing and strong narrative drive in this text will be attractive to instructors looking for a one volume history of Africa that students will read. Supplemented with other texts, it will work well in the classroom as it gives a solid academic presentation of key issues and themes in African history, such as the slave trade and slavery over the long term. This history will also appeal to a more general audience, as it offers them a lively discussion of African geography and environment, a history that includes named individuals and politics, and a clear narrative. Substantive issues are treated in a clear way that will engage students and a wider audience.’ James Searing, University of Illinois, Chicago
EAN: 9780521867467
ISBN: 0521867460
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2007
Seitenanzahl: 406 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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