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The main aim of the book is to explain how the societies on the African continent came to be as they are today; but the authors also use African history to explore more general questions of how human societies change through time. Their approach and concerns are strongly influenced by the work of anthropologists as well as historians. The book starts with a study of the roots of African culture in the late Stone Age and its aftermath. Thirteen chronologically-arranged regional chapters follow. These divide Africa...
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Overview

The main aim of the book is to explain how the societies on the African continent came to be as they are today; but the authors also use African history to explore more general questions of how human societies change through time. Their approach and concerns are strongly influenced by the work of anthropologists as well as historians. The book starts with a study of the roots of African culture in the late Stone Age and its aftermath. Thirteen chronologically-arranged regional chapters follow. These divide Africa into four major areas and provide parallel accounts of each across broad historical spans breaking, roughly, at 1500, 1780 and 1880. They take the reader from the first African civilization which grew up along the Nile Valley in ancient Egypt through to the colonial period of modern times. The final section of the book (c.1880 to c.1960) is written on a continent-wide rather than a regional basis. Its six chapters explore the impact of Europe on Africa, and include discussions of the colonial economy; social change in the colonial period; and the clash of cultures and what it has meant for African religion, education and thought. It closes with a review of African resistance to colonial rule, and the end of the European empires.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780582646636
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1989
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 612

Table of Contents

List of maps
Preface
Ch. 1 The Roots of African Cultures 1
Ch. 2 Northern Africa in a Wider World 29
Ch. 3 Africa North of the Forest in the Early Islamic Age 64
Ch. 4 Economy, Society and Language in Early East Africa 101
Ch. 5 Political Culture and Political Economy in Early East Africa 129
Ch. 6 Africa North of the Forest (1500-1880) 152
Ch. 7 The West African Coast in the Era of the Slave Trade 182
Ch. 8 Equatorial Africa before the nineteenth century 213
Ch. 9 Southern Africa to 1795 241
Ch. 10 Southern Africa, 1795-1870 268
Ch. 11 North Africa in the Shadow of Europe (c.1780-1880) 297
Ch. 12 The Commercial and Religious Revolutions in West Africa 325
Ch. 13 A Century of Ironies in East Africa (c.1780-1890) 352
Ch. 14 Upstarts and Newcomers in Equatorial Africa (c.1815-1875) 377
Ch. 15 The European Conquest 398
Ch. 16 The Impact of Europe 423
Ch. 17 The Colonial Economy 446
Ch. 18 A Clash of Cultures: African Minds in the Colonial Era 469
Ch. 19 Social Change in Colonial Africa 490
Ch. 20 African Resistance and the Liquidation of European Empire 513
Index 531
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