Key Events in African History: A Reference Guide / Edition 1

Key Events in African History: A Reference Guide / Edition 1

by Toyin Falola
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0313313237

ISBN-13: 9780313313233

Pub. Date: 08/30/2002

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, 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

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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:
9780313313233
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
1200L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 Years

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Timeline of Historical Eventsxiii
Part I.The Ancient and Precolonial Period
Africa: An Overview3
1.The Prehistoric Past: The Evolution of Homo sapiens sapiens, 40,000 B.C.18
2.The Agricultural Revolution, 5000 B.C.+26
3.The Civilization of Ancient Egypt, 3100 B.C.+34
4.The Iron Age and the Spread of Bantu Speakers, 730 B.C.+43
5.The Rise of Kush and Aksum, 730 B.C.+54
6.The Greeks and Romans in North Africa, 332 B.C.+62
7.Ethiopia: The Emergence of a Christian Kingdom, A.D. 1250+69
8.The Spread of Islam, A.D. 622 Onward79
9.Kingdoms of West Africa: Ghana, Mali, and Songhay, A.D. 1000-160090
10.The Rise of the Swahili City-States of East Africa, Tenth-Fourteenth Century A.D.102
11.The Atlantic Slave Trade, 1440-1870110
12.The Organization of Societies, Fifteenth Century A.D. Onward119
Part II.The Nineteenth-Century Period
13.The Outbreak of Islamic Jihad, 1804131
14.Wars and Revolution among the Yoruba, 1817-93140
15.The Spread of Christianity, 1804 Onward149
16.The Rise of Muhammad Ali of Egypt, 1811-47159
17.The Mfecane: Shaka and the Zulu Kingdom, 1816-40167
18.European Conquest and African Response, 1885-1900175
Part III.The Twentieth-Century Period
19.The Colonial Experience, 1900-1939187
20.The Entrenchment of Apartheid in South Africa, 1948197
21.Africa Drawn into the Second World War, 1940-45205
22.The End of European Rule, 1951-90212
23.Violence to Gain National Liberation, 1952-62221
24.Confrontation with the Gains and Pains of Independence, 1958-70231
25.The Formation of the Organization of African Unity, 1963239
26.Coups, Counter Coups, and Military Regimes, 1963 Onward246
27.Ujamaa and Policy Choices, 1967 Onward254
28.The Creation of the Economic Community of West African States, 1975262
29.Portuguese Colonies Attain Freedom, 1975270
30.Cultural Revival and Cultural Inventory: The Second World Black Festival of Arts and Culture, 1977281
31.The Women's Decade, 1975-85289
32.A Continent in Deep Crisis, 1980 Onward297
33.Environmental Challenges, 1980s Onward305
34.African Refugees, 1980 Onward312
35.Africa in World Politics in Transition, 1980s Onward320
36.The Fall of Apartheid and the Advent of Nelson Mandela's Government, 1994-99328
Index337

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