A History of Sub-Saharan Africa

A History of Sub-Saharan Africa

by Robert O. Collins, James M. Burns
     
 

ISBN-10: 052168708X

ISBN-13: 9780521687089

Pub. Date: 02/01/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In a trawl through the entire sweep of sub-Saharan history, the authors, both teachers of African history and experienced travelers to the region, have written an accessible and comprehensive introduction for students and general readers. The opening chapter on geography and climate frames the discussion, demonstrating how the environment has shaped the societies and…  See more details below

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In a trawl through the entire sweep of sub-Saharan history, the authors, both teachers of African history and experienced travelers to the region, have written an accessible and comprehensive introduction for students and general readers. The opening chapter on geography and climate frames the discussion, demonstrating how the environment has shaped the societies and cultures of those living in the region. Thereafter they describe the rise of states and empires in the classical period, the slave trade within Africa and beyond to the Americas, and the European conquest. The concluding section focuses on Africa in the twentieth century as it gains independence and searches for a new identity beyond colonialism. While the authors mull over the debates which have shaped the study of African history over the last decade, at the center of this story are the tragedies, triumphs, and resilience of the African people. The book is illustrated with photographs, maps and sidebars which feature the salient points on either side of a debate, and lists of further reading for those who want to delve deeper.

About the Author:
Robert O. Collins is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara

About the Author:
James M. Burns is Associate Professor of History at Clemson University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521687089
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2007
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
417
Sales rank:
1,022,664
Product dimensions:
6.89(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

1 The historical geography of Africa 7

2 Kingdoms on the Nile 23

3 The peoples of sub-Saharan Africa : society, culture, language 40

4 Crops, cows, and iron 52

5 Northeast Africa in the age of Aksum 64

6 Empires of the plains 78

7 East Africa and the Indian Ocean world 96

8 The lake plateau of East Africa 114

9 Societies and states of the West African forest 128

10 Kingdoms and trade in Central Africa 142

11 The peoples and states of southern Africa 159

12 The arrival of Europeans in sub-Saharan Africa 175

13 Diseases and crops : old and new 191

14 Slavery in Africa 202

15 The Atlantic slave trade 213

16 The Asian slave trade 228

17 Prelude to the European conquest of Africa 251

18 The European conquest of Africa 265

19 Africans, Dutch, and the British in South Africa, 1486-1910 280

20 European colonial rule in Africa 296

21 The colonial legacy 309

22 Nationalism and the independence of colonial Africa 331

23 The Union of South Africa and the apartheid state 344

24 A decade of hope 357

25 Cold war Africa 366

26 Africa at the beginning of the twenty-first century 377

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