Themes in West Africa's History / Edition 1

Themes in West Africa's History / Edition 1

by Emmanuel Kwaku Akyeampong
     
 

ISBN-10: 0821416413

ISBN-13: 9780821416419

Pub. Date: 01/01/2006

Publisher: Ohio University Press

There has long been a need for a new textbook on West Africa's history. This comprehensive collection brings together leading scholars on key themes from prehistory to the present. It discusses various disciplinary approaches, provides overviews of the literature on major topics, and breaks new ground through the incorporation of original research.

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There has long been a need for a new textbook on West Africa's history. This comprehensive collection brings together leading scholars on key themes from prehistory to the present. It discusses various disciplinary approaches, provides overviews of the literature on major topics, and breaks new ground through the incorporation of original research.

Designed as a textbook for undergraduate and graduate levels, it is organised in three parts. Part one provides perspectives on West Africa's history from archaeology, ecology and culture, linguistics, and oral traditions. Part two provides longue duree perspectives on environment, society, agency and historical change. Part three examines how economic and political developments have shaped religious expression and identity in significant ways. At the end of each chapter is a short list of recommended reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821416419
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Series:
Western African Studies Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
719,712
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1The Holocene prehistory of West Africa 10,000-1000 BP11
2Ecology & culture in West Africa33
3Linguistics & history in West Africa52
4Oral tradition & perceptions of history from the Manding peoples of West Africa73
5Slavery & slave trade in West Africa 1450-193099
6Class, caste & social inequality in West African history118
7Religious interactions in pre-twentieth century West Africa141
8Poverty in pre-colonial & colonial West Africa : perception, causes & alleviation163
9Disease in West African history186
10Urbanization in colonial & post-colonial West Africa208
11Commodities, Mercedes-Benz & structural adjustment : an episode in West African economic history227
12Ethnicity, conflict & the state in contemporary West Africa265
13Pentecostalism, Islam & culture : new religious movements in West Africa286

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