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A History of Sub-Saharan Africa

A History of Sub-Saharan Africa

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  • Date Published: February 2007
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521867467

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  • In a trawl through the entire sweep of sub-Saharan history, the authors have written an accessible introduction for students and general readers. The opening chapter on geography and climate frames the discussion, demonstrating how the environment has shaped the societies and cultures of those living in the region. Thereafter they describe the rise of states and empires in the classical period, the slave trade within Africa and beyond to the Americas, and the European conquest. The concluding section focuses on Africa in the twentieth century as it gains independence and searches for a new identity beyond colonialism. While the authors mull over the debates which have shaped the study of African history, at the center of this story are the tragedies, triumphs and the resilience of the African people. The book is illustrated with photographs, maps, and sidebars which feature the salient points on either side of the debates.

    • A clear and accessible introduction to the central themes of African history
    • Student-friendly features such as maps, charts, illustrations, and boxes that explore key issues in African studies
    • Provides novices a gateway into an understanding of the continent's rich history
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The clear writing and strong narrative drive in this text will be attractive to instructors looking for a one volume history of Africa that students will read. Supplemented with other texts, it will work well in the classroom as it gives a solid academic presentation of key issues and themes in African history, such as the slave trade and slavery over the long term. This history will also appeal to a more general audience, as it offers them a lively discussion of African geography and environment, a history that includes named individuals and politics, and a clear narrative. Substantive issues are treated in a clear way that will engage students and a wider audience." - James Searing, University of Illinois, Chicago

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521867467
    • length: 418 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.981kg
    • contains: 27 b/w illus. 35 maps 9 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The historical geography of Africa
    2. Kingdoms on the Nile
    3. The peoples of sub-Saharan Africa: society, culture and language
    4. Crops, cows and iron
    5. North-East Africa in the age of Aksum
    6. Empires of the plains
    7. East Africa and the Indian Ocean world
    8. The lake plateau of East Africa
    9. Societies and states of the West African forest
    10. Kingdoms and trade in Central Africa
    11.The peoples and states of Southern Africa
    12. The arrival of the Europeans in sub-Saharan Africa
    13. Diseases and crops: old and new
    14. Slavery in Africa
    15. The Atlantic slave trade
    16. The Asian slave trade
    17. Prelude to the European conquest of Africa
    18. The European conquest of Africa
    19. Africans, Dutch and the British in South Africa, 1480–1910
    20. European colonial rule in Africa
    21. The colonial legacy
    22. Nationalism and the independence of colonial Africa
    23. The union of South Africa and the apartheid state
    24. A decade of hope
    25. Cold War Africa
    26. Africa at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

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

    • A History of Modern Africa
    • Africa in the Modern World
    • African history since 1870
    • Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Europe and the Modern World
    • History of Modern Africa
    • Introduction to African history
    • Introduction to the History of Africa
    • North and West Africa, and East and Southern Africa
    • Pre Colonial Africa
    • State and Society in Africa before the European Conquest
    • West African Economy and Society
  • Authors

    Robert O. Collins, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Robert O. Collins is Emeritus Professor of History in the University of California, Santa Barbara. His most recent books are The Nile (2002), and with Millard Burr, Revolutionary Sudan: Hasan al-Turabi and the Islamist State, 1989-2000 (2003), and Alms for Jihad: Charity and Terrorism in the Islamic World (2006).

    James M. Burns, Clemson University, South Carolina
    James M. Burns is Associate Professor of History at Clemson University. He has written Flickering Shadows: Cinema and Identity in Colonial Zimbabwe (2002) and co-edited, with Robert O. Collins, Problems in African History (1996-2006).

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