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Africa by Jocelyn Murray

Africa, Revised Edition brings to life the rich and varied history and culture of the African continent. Through text, illustrations and photos, maps and charts, the reader gains an understanding of the ancient kingdoms of Africa as well as the place the continent holds in the modern world. Although most of Africa has been known to the rest of the world for little more than 200 years, it has a rich and varied history extending back many centuries before the arrival of Europeans. Africa was a cradle of civilization, the birthplace of the first human beings, and the home of the world's first agriculturists. The atlas is divided into two sections: Part One examines the story of the continent prior to written records through the ancient Greek and Roman periods to the emergence of present-day African cultures and societies. This rich history is brought to life with vivid illustrations, and supporting maps identify specific themes or topics in the main text. Part Two looks at the countries and peoples of modern Africa. Maps provide details of towns, cities, rivers, country borders, and much more. Specialized sections include information on the African slave trade; the spread of Islam in Africa; religions, peoples, and languages of Africa; education and literacy; African art; and music and dance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816068265
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/28/2007
Series: Cultural Atlas for Young People Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction4
Table of Dates6
Part 1The History of Africa
Geography of Africa10
Climate and Vegetation12
The Earliest Humans14
The Kingdoms of Africa16
Greeks and Romans in Africa18
Europeans in Africa20
The Portuguese22
The African Slave Trade24
The Great Trek26
Exploration of the Interior28
Christian Missionaries in Africa30
Islam in Africa32
Africa's Religions34
Distribution of People in Africa36
African Peoples and Languages38
Education and Literacy40
African Art42
Music and Dance44
Houses46
Husuni Kubwa48
Part 2A Regional Guide to Africa
North Africa52
Nomadic Life54
Cairo56
West Africa58
A Dogon Village60
Yoruba Religion62
Asante Ceremonial Regalia64
Nigerian Art: Bronze-casting66
W. Central Africa68
A Pygmy Encampment70
Northeast Africa72
Christians in Ethiopia74
East Africa76
The Game Parks of East Africa78
S.E. Central Africa80
Zimbabwe82
Mineral Resources84
Southern Africa86
Hunter-gatherers88
Africa in the World90
Glossary92
Further Reading92
Gazetteer93
Index95

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