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Overview

In a single volume, History Of Africa offers an illustrated and critical narrative introduction to the history of the continent from earliest times to the present day.
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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 Jourbanal of African Historical Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333454077
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 447

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

Preface
Ch. 1 Early prehistory of Africa 1
Ch. 2 Later prehistory: the development and spread of farming and pastoralism 14
Ch. 3 The impact of iron in northeast and west Africa 36
Ch. 4 The Early Iron Age and Bantu migrations 49
Ch. 5 North and northeastern Africa to 1000 AD 62
Ch. 6 Trans-Saharan trade and the kingdom of Ancient Ghana 78
Ch. 7 Islam and the Sudanic states of west Africa 90
Ch. 8 Eastern Africa to the sixteenth century 107
Ch. 9 Trading states of the east African coast to the sixteenth century 122
Ch. 10 Later Iron Age states and societies of central and southern Africa to 1600 AD 138
Ch. 11 North and northeast Africa to the eighteenth century 157
Ch. 12 The Atlantic slave trade, sixteen to eighteenth century 170
Ch. 13 West African states and societies to the eighteenth century 181
Ch. 14 Central and eastern Africa to the eighteenth century 197
Ch. 15 Southern Africa to the eighteenth century 212
Ch. 16 West Africa in the nineteenth century and the ending of the slave trade 226
Ch. 17 Central and east Africa in the nineteenth century 242
Ch. 18 Pre-industrial southern Africa in the nineteenth century 258
Ch. 19 North and northeast Africa in the nineteenth century 275
Ch. 20 Prelude to empire in Tropical Africa 289
Ch. 21 The European 'Scramble', colonial conquest and African resistance in east, north-central and west Africa 302
Ch. 22 Industrialisation, colonial conquest and African resistance in south-central and southern Africa 318
Ch. 23 Consolidation of empire: the early period of colonial rule 333
Ch. 24 Africa between the wars: the high tide of colonial rule 348
Ch. 25 The Second World War and Africa 364
Ch. 26 The winning of independence (1) 374
Ch. 27 The winning of independence (2) 391
Ch. 28 Africa since independence (1) 408
Ch. 29 Africa since independence (2) 422
Suggestions for further reading 434
Index 441
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