North Africa: A History from Antiquity to the Present (Google eBook)

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University of Texas Press, Dec 3, 2009 - History
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North Africa has been a vital crossroads throughout history, serving as a connection between Africa, Asia, and Europe. Paradoxically, however, the region's historical significance has been chronically underestimated. In a book that may lead scholars to reimagine the concept of Western civilization, incorporating the role North African peoples played in shaping "the West," Phillip Naylor describes a locale whose transcultural heritage serves as a crucial hinge, politically, economically, and socially.

Ideal for novices and specialists alike, North Africa begins with an acknowledgment that defining this area has presented challenges throughout history. Naylor's survey encompasses the Paleolithic period and early Egyptian cultures, leading readers through the pharonic dynasties, the conflicts with Rome and Carthage, the rise of Islam, the growth of the Ottoman Empire, European incursions, and the postcolonial prospects for Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Western Sahara.

Emphasizing the importance of encounters and interactions among civilizations, North Africa maps a prominent future for scholarship about this pivotal region.

  

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Contents

ONE Ancient North Africa and Its Expansive Civilizations
15
TWO Rome and North Africa
35
From the Arrival of Islam to the Berber Empires
57
FOUR The Almoravid and the Almohad Empires and Their Successor States
89
FIVE Turkish Ascendance and Moroccan Independence
109
SIX European Colonialism in North Africa
141
SEVEN The Decolonization of North Africa
168
Egypt Libya and Tunisia
193
Algeria Morocco and Western Sahara
215
The Peril and Promise of North Africa
247
Notes
253
Glossary
305
Bibliography
311
Index
339
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PHILLIP C. NAYLOR is Associate Professor of History at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he directed the Western Civilization program. His previous books include The Historical Dictionary of Algeria and France and Algeria: A History of Decolonization and Transformation.

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