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Africa's Urban Past / Edition 1
     

Africa's Urban Past / Edition 1

by David Anderson, Richard Rathbone
 

ISBN-10: 0325002207

ISBN-13: 9780325002200

Pub. Date: 01/06/2000

Publisher: Heinemann

Africa is witnessing dramatic urban growth on a massive scale which, in the space of this century, has reversed the rural - urban settlement patterns of the continent. Yet urbanization has been an important feature of Africa's history for over two thousand years. Towns and cities have been important arenas around which societies have organized themselves: as

Overview

Africa is witnessing dramatic urban growth on a massive scale which, in the space of this century, has reversed the rural - urban settlement patterns of the continent. Yet urbanization has been an important feature of Africa's history for over two thousand years. Towns and cities have been important arenas around which societies have organized themselves: as centres of trade, economic activity and wealth accumulation; as foci of political action and authority; as military garrisons and symbols of physical domination; as sites of ritual power and contact with the sacred; and as places of refuge, shelter and collective security in troubled times.

This survey reveals a remarkable depth of urbanization in African history. Each chapter places the city at the centre of discussion. Themes developed are unexpectedly diverse, suggesting not only a distinctive history of urbanism but offering great potential for further research. This volume is thus presented as a starting point for the writing of deeper comparative histories of Africa's urban past.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325002200
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
01/06/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Urban Africa: Histories in the Making, David M. Anderson and Richard Rathbone

Urban Archaeologies

Clustered Cities of the Middle Niger: Alternative Routes to Authority in Prehistory, Roderick J. Mcintosh

African City Walls A Neglected Source?, Graham Connah

Aksumite Urbanism, David W. Phillipson

Pre-colonial Towns in Transition

Mbanza Kongo/Sao Salvador Kongo's Holy Cry, John K. Thronton

Ouidah: a Pre-colonial Urban Centre in Coastal West Africa 1727-1892, Robin Law

Merchants, Missions & the Remaking of the Urban Environment in Buganda, 1840-1890, Richard Reid and Henri Medard

Urban Economics

"A Town of Strangers" or "A Model Modern East African Town", Arusha & the Arusha, Thomas Spear

The Cost of Living in Lagos, 1914-1945, Ayodeji Olukoju

The City of Durban Towards a Structural Analysis of the Economic Growth & Character of a South African City, Bill Freund

Becoming Urban Towns as Cultural Brokers

"But I know what I shall do" Agency, Belief & the Social Imaginary in Eighteenth-Century Gold Coast Towns, Ray Kea

Gender in the City Women, Migration & Contested Spaces in Tunis, 1830-1881, Julia Clancy-Smith

The Cultural Politics of Death & Burial in Early Colonial Accra, John Parker

"Wo pe tam won pe ba" ("You like cloth but you don't want children") Urbanization, Individualism & Gender Relations in Colonial Ghana 1900-1939, Emmanuel Akyeampong

The Politics of Urban Order

Land Alienation & the Union Growth of Bahir Dar, 1935-1974, Seltene Seyoum

Conservation & the Colonial Past Urban Planning, Space & Power in Zanzibar, William Cunningham Bissell

The Urbanism of District Six, Cape Town, Rafael Marks and Marco Bezzoli

The Political Shaping of Sacred Locality in Brazzaville, 1959-1997, Florence Bernault

Index

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