Empires of Medieval West Africa: Ghana, Mali, and Songhay

Empires of Medieval West Africa: Ghana, Mali, and Songhay

by David C. Conrad
     
 

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Beginning in the eighth century, the three successive empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay dominated West African history for almost a millennium. In control of both regional and trans-Saharan trade networks, the empires flourished and grew under a series of powerful leaders, including Mansa Musa, whose accomplishments were celebrated in European capitals.

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Beginning in the eighth century, the three successive empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay dominated West African history for almost a millennium. In control of both regional and trans-Saharan trade networks, the empires flourished and grew under a series of powerful leaders, including Mansa Musa, whose accomplishments were celebrated in European capitals.

Drawing on a rich oral tradition, numerous trips to the region, and the latest scholarship available on this important but little-studied era, scholar and author David C. Conrad explores the people, places, and ideas that made up this trio of empires. Empires of Medieval West Africa, Revised Edition discusses the vital role salt and other natural resources played in the development of the empires, the rich and diverse cultures, and the influence of the growth of Islam during the later periods of the empires.

Great Empires of the Past narrates the stories of the most influential empires in world history. Each volume in the series provides an overview of one empire or civilization, exploring its rise and fall, the extent of its influence, society and daily life, and impact in the modern world. Numerous sidebars highlight connections to today, key primary documents, and interesting facts. Full-color photographs and maps, a time line, glossary, bibliography, list of further resources, and an index provide readers with additional access to the information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604131642
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Great Empires of the Past Series
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
913,593
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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