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Africans
The History of a Continent

2nd Edition

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Part of African Studies

  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521682978

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  • In a vast and all-embracing study of Africa, from the origins of mankind to the AIDS epidemic, John Iliffe refocuses its history on the peopling of an environmentally hostile continent. Africans have been pioneers struggling against disease and nature, and their social, economic and political institutions have been designed to ensure their survival. In the context of medical progress and other twentieth-century innovations, however, the same institutions have bred the most rapid population growth the world has ever seen. The history of the continent is thus a single story binding living Africans to their earliest human ancestors. John Iliffe was Professor of African History at the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of St. John's College. He is the author of several books on Africa, including A modern history of Tanganyika and The African poor: A history, which was awarded the Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association of the United States. Both books were published by Cambridge University Press.

    • Coverage of the entire history of the continent over six million years, including events up to 2006
    • Incorporates the most recent archaeological, scientific, and historical research
    • Relates recent political events and the AIDS epidemic to Africa's overall history
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    "Reading this seminal work afresh has made me appreciate just what an extraordinary achievement it really is." -John Parker, Journal of African History

    '... an expert guide for the general reader to enjoy and to comprehend as background to what is so often in the news. Iliffe writes lucidly and is not afraid to express complicated judgements in simple language, as we are told that, at present day, Africa is experiencing both crisis and renewal and the greatest of disasters embodies hope.' The Historical Association

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521682978
    • length: 388 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.539kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The frontiersmen of mankind
    2. The emergence of food-producing communities
    3. The impact of metals
    4. Christianity and Islam
    5. Colonising society in western Africa
    6. Colonising society in eastern and southern Africa
    7. The Atlantic slave trade
    8. Regional diversity in the nineteenth century
    9. Colonial invasion
    10. Colonial change, 1918–50
    11. Independent Africa
    12. Industrialisation and race in South Africa
    13. In the time of AIDS.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Africa Since 1400
    • Africa and the Modern World
    • Africa: Social and Economic History
    • African Area Studies
    • African History
    • Introduction of African History
    • Reconstructing Africa's Past to 1850
    • Sub-Saharan Africa
    • War and Society in Africa
    • When Cultural Worlds Collide
  • Author

    John Iliffe, St John's College, Cambridge
    John Iliffe is Professor of African History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St. John's College. He is the author of several books on Africa, including A Modern History of Tanganyika (Cambridge, 1979) and The African Poor: A History (Cambridge, 1988), which was awarded the Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association of the United States.

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