Africa: A Short History / Edition 1

Africa: A Short History / Edition 1

by Robert O. Collins
     
 

This is a concise but sweeping account of the African past, its peoples, and their institutions. The book attempts to provide an overview of African history without getting bogged down in details and data. This approach is very useful for general readers who seek to gain an understanding of the major trends and developments, and for teachers who plan to supplement… See more details below

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This is a concise but sweeping account of the African past, its peoples, and their institutions. The book attempts to provide an overview of African history without getting bogged down in details and data. This approach is very useful for general readers who seek to gain an understanding of the major trends and developments, and for teachers who plan to supplement this text with primary sources depending on the emphasis of the course.

Beginning with the dynasties of the Nile valley, Collins explains the importance of language in identifying the enormous human diversity of the Africans, the evolution of African societies into kingdoms and empires through new social structures, the introduction of Christianity and Islam, and the migrations of various groups. The book then describes the appearance of the Europeans in the fifteenth century and the rise of the Atlantic slave trade. It continues with the brief but traumatic period of colonial rule and the nationalist movements for independence that ensued. Finally, it accounts for the struggles of Africans in recent years, including civil conflict, military dictatorships, and ethnic insurgencies, as the newly independent states of the continent mature.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558763739
Publisher:
Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/15/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
493,250
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

LIST OF MAPS

INTRODUCTION

Pre-History in Africa

Ancient and Medieval Africa

Islam. Trade, and States

Europeans, Slavery, and the Slave Trade

European Conquest and Colonization of Africa

Independent Africa

CHAPTER ONE: PRE-HISTORIC AFRICA

Geography Defines Man and Woman

Evolution of Man and Woman in Africa

Peoples of Sub-Saharan Africa

Crops, Cows, and Iron

CHAPTER TWO: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL AFRICA

Dynastic Egypt, 3100-332 BCE

Kingdom of Kush: Corridor to Africa

806 BCE-350 CE

Bantu Migrations, 1000 BCE-17?? CE

Aksum, 200-700 CE

Christian States of Nubia

CHAPTER THREE: ISLAM, TRADE, AND STATES

Arabs and Islam

Trans-Saharan Trade

Empires of the Plains

East African Coast and the Indian

Ocean World

City-States of the African Coast

Swahili

Niger Delta and Igbo

Kingdoms of the Forest and the Savanna

State-Building in the Interior of East Africa

States of the West African Forest

Yoruba

Oyo

Benin

Asante

States of East Central Africa

Luba

Lunda

Lozi

States of West Central Africa

Kongo

Ndongo

States of Southern Africa

Mapungubwe

Zimbabwe

Mutapa

CHAPTER FOUR: EUROPEANS, SLAVERY, AND THE

SLAVE TRADE

Portuguese Explorations of the West and East

African Coasts

Slavery in Africa

Atlantic Slave Trade

Asian Slave Trade

Trans-Saharan Slave Trade

Red Sea Slave Trade

East Africa and the Indian Ocean Slave

Trade

Conclusion

CHAPTER FIVE; EUROPEAN CONQUEST AND

COLONIZATION OF SUB-SAHARAN

AFRICA

Prelude to the Conquest

European Conquest of African States from the Sahel to the Southern Savanna

European Conquest of Southern Africa

European Colonial Rule in Africa

Colonial Legacy

CHAPTER SIX: INDEPENDENT AFRICA

Nationalism and Independence

Apartheid State in South Africa

Ethnicity and Insurgency in Cold War Africa

Africa at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century

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