A History of Africa / Edition 3

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History of Africa offers a richly illustrated introduction to the history of the entire continent, from earliest times right up to the present day. The third edition has been revised and updated in the light of recent research and provides more coverage of modern Africa. This successful text is now supported by a companion website.

History of Africa, third edition:

• offers a wealth of specially-drawn maps and carefully chosen photographs, a number of which are new for this edition
• takes a deliberately African viewpoint of the European involvement in Africa
• provides a carefully constructed examination of the colonial period and the problems of post-colonial Africa
• presents expanded coverage of modern Africa with more on issues such as economic concerns, globalization, international organizations, climate change, HIV/AIDS, and the role of China
• opens with a new Introduction which includes a helpful historiographical overview
• features a companion website containing additional critical material on key subjects and a range of resources to enhance the learning experience.

Eminently clear and approachable, History of Africa remains the essential text for anyone with an interest in this remarkable continent and its fascinating past.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Praise for the third edition:
"History of Africa provides extraordinary coverage of the basic history of the entire continent of Africa in a way that is accessible for new students." —Timothy Cleaveland, University of Georgia

"The readability of the book, the valuable maps and illustrations, and the coverage of the precolonial period as well as more modern eras, make this textbook the best on the market." —David Chappell, University of Hawaii

"This new edition maintains Shillington's position as an expert who is adept at providing readers with an engaging and intricate portrait of Africa's past. . . A master of the material, Shillington presents a volume that flows and informs. History of Africa is a compelling narrative of change over time on the continent. . . There is an effective incorporation of new evidence in this edition that enhances our understanding of African history." —Elizabeth MacGonagle, University of Kansas

"Shillington's work is an excellent introduction for students who are new to African history." —Miles Larmer, University of Sheffield, UK

Praise for previous editions:

"Shillington's coverage is comprehensive, his presentation clear, and his content well up to date with the latest research."- J.B.Peires, University of Transkei (now Walter Sisulu University), South Africa

"...a work with many virtues...stylistic lucidity, profusion of clear maps and excellent illustrations." —International Journal of African Historical Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230308473
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Edition description: Third Edition, Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 94,571
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

KEVIN SHILLINGTON is an independent scholar. He trained history teachers at the University of Botswana in the 1980s and his years of teaching experience in Africa have included African History at secondary school and university level. He holds an MA and PhD in African History from the University of London and is the author of many books on African history. He is also editor of the Encyclopaedia of African History (2004).

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Table of Contents


List of Map

List of Illustrations



Early Prehistory of Africa

Later Prehistory: Farming and Pastoralism in Tropical Africa and Ancient Egypt

The Impact of Iron in North and West Africa

The Early Iron Age in Central, Eastern and Southern Africa

North and North-Eastern Africa to 1000 CE

Trans-Saharan Trade and the Kingdom of Ancient Ghana

Islam and the Sudanic States of West Africa

Eastern Africa to the Sixteenth Century

Trading Towns of the East African Coast to the Sixteenth Century

Later Iron Age States and Societies of Central and Southern Africa to 1600

North and North-East Africa to the Eighteenth Century

The Atlantic Slave Trade, Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries

West African States and Societies, to the Eighteenth Century

Central and Eastern Africa to the Eighteenth Century

Southern Africa to the Eighteenth Century

West Africa in the Nineteenth Century and the Ending of the Slave Trade

Central and East Africa in the Nineteenth Century

Pre-Industrial Southern Africa in the Nineteenth Century

North and North-East Africa in the Nineteenth Century

Prelude to Empire in Tropical Africa

The European 'Scramble', Colonial Conquest and African Resistance in East, North-Central and West Africa

Industrialisation, Colonial Conquest and African Resistance in South-Central and Southern Africa

Consolidation of Empire: the Early Period of Colonial Rule

Africa Between the Wars: the High Tide of Colonial Rule

The Second World War and Africa

The Winning of Independence (1)

The Winning of Independence (2)

The Winning of Independence (3)

Africa since Independence (1)

Africa since Independence (2)

Contemporary Africa (1)

Contemporary Africa (2)

Suggestions for Further Reading


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