African Civilizations: An Archaeological Perspective / Edition 2

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This major new revised edition of African Civilizations reexamines the physical evidence for developing social complexity in tropical Africa over the past four thousand years and considers possible explanations of the developments that gave rise to it. Graham Connah focuses on urbanism and state formation in seven main areas of Africa: Nubia, Ethiopia, the West African savanna, the West African forest, the East African coast and islands, the Zimbabwe Plateau, and parts of Central Africa. Extensively illustrated and offering an extended bibliography, this book provides essential reading on the topic.
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"The text is intelligible to laymen, the illustrations excellent, and the case studies intriguing." Africa Today

"Graham Connah states in the introduction of this work that his purpose is to overcome the widespread stereotype that Africa represents a continent 'of scattered groups of people living in small villages of grass or mud "huts,"' but 'is about the material evidence of cities and states,' that is 'civilization.' The author succeeds admirably in this goal. The organization of the study is unique. The writing is integrated, lucid and eminently readable." The International Journal of African Historical Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521596909
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 353,094
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The context; 2. Birth on the Nile: the Nubian achievement; 3. The benefits of isolation: the Ethiopian Highlands; 4. An optimal zone: the West African savanna; 5. Brilliance beneath the trees: the West African forest and its fringes; 6. The edge or the centre: cities of the East African coast and islands; 7. A question of context: Great Zimbabwe and related sites; 8. In the heart of Africa: the Upemba Depression and the Interlacustrine Region; 9. What are the common denominators?
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