Key Events In African History

Key Events In African History

by Toyin Falola
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313361223

ISBN-13: 9780313361227

Pub. Date: 09/05/2000

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

This reference guide to African history provides substantive entries on 36 watershed events that shaped the history of the continent from the prehistoric past to the dawn of the 21st century. Noted African scholar Toyin Falola clearly and articulately chronicles the growth and change of the continent from the agricultural revolution through colonial rule to African

Overview

This reference guide to African history provides substantive entries on 36 watershed events that shaped the history of the continent from the prehistoric past to the dawn of the 21st century. Noted African scholar Toyin Falola clearly and articulately chronicles the growth and change of the continent from the agricultural revolution through colonial rule to African independence and the end of apartheid, examining the powerful moments at which Africa became drawn into the global world. Each entry appears in chronological order and consists of a comprehensive essay on the event, its historical, social, and geographic context, and its long-term significance. Many illustrations and maps provide valuable visual tools for the reader. Each entry concludes with suggestions for further reading. A narrative introduction to the history of the continent and a timeline of events place the events in historical and global context.

Based on the latest scholarship, this reference work analyzes the major events in African history and their ramifications, and draws connections between the past and the present. Key themes recur throughout: the development of diverse African cultures, Arab and European incursions and influence, and the efforts of African peoples to gain independence in the 20th century. Among the events recounted are the Iron Age, the rise of the Kush, the spread of Islam, the 19th-century outbreak of Islamic Jihad, the Atlantic slave trade, European conquest and the African response, Pan-Africanism, the women's decade of 1965-1975, and environmental and political challenges of the last years of the 20th century. Well written and objective, this work is an essential reference tool for students and an excellent complement to the study of African history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313361227
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/05/2000
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Timeline of Historical Events

The Ancient and Precolonial Period

Africa: An Overview

The Prehistoric Past: The Evolution of Homo Sapiens Sapiens, 40,000 B.C.

The Agricultural Revolution, 5000 B.C.+

The Civilization of Ancient Egypt, 3100 B.C.+

The Iron Age and the Spread of Bantu Speakers, 730 B.C.+

The Rise of Kush and Aksum, 730 B.C.+

The Greeks and Romans in North Africa, 332 B.C.+

Ethiopia: The Emergence of a Christian Kingdom, 1250 A.D.+

The Spread of Islam, 622 A.D. Onward

Kingdoms of West Africa: Ghana, Mali, and Songhay, A.D. 1000-1600

The Rise of the Swahili City-States of East Africa, Tenth-Fourteenth Century A.D.

The Atlantic Slave Trade, 1440-1870

The Organization of Societies, Fifteenth Century A.D. Onward

The Nineteenth-Century Period

The Outbreak of Islamic Jihad, 1804

Wars and Revolution Among the Yoruba, 1817-93

The Spread of Christianity, 1804 Onward

The Rise of Muhammad Ali of Egypt, 1811-47

The Mfecane: Shaka and the Zulu Kingdom, 1816-40

European Conquest and African Response, 1885-1900

The Twentieth-Century Period

The Colonial Experience, 1900-39

The Entrenchment of Apartheid in South Africa, 1948

Africa Drawn into the Second World War, 1940-45

The End of European Rule, 1951-90

Violence to Gain National Liberation, 1952-62

Confrontation with the Gains and Pains if Independence, 1958-70

The Formation of the Organization of African Unity, 1963

Coups, Counter Coups, and Military Regimes, 1963 Onward

Ufamaa and Policy Choices, 1967 Onward

The Creation of the Economic Community of West African States, 1975

Portuguese Colonies Attain Freedom, 1975

Cultural Revival and Cultural Inventory: The Second World Festival of African Arts and Culture, 1977

The Women's Decade, 1975-85

A Continent in Deep Crisis, 1980+

Environmental Challenges, 1980 Onward

African Refugees, 1980 Onward

Africa in World Politics in Transition, 1980s Onward

The Fall of Apartheid and the Advent of Nelson Mandela's Government, 1994-99

Index

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