Africans: The History of a Continent (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 13, 2007 - History
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In a vast and all-embracing 2007 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. Africans: The History of a Continent is thus a single story binding living Africans to their earliest human ancestors.
  

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Contents

1 The frontiersmen of mankind
1
2 The emergence of foodproducing communities
6
3 The impact of metals
17
4 Christianity and Islam
37
5 Colonising society in western Africa
63
6 Colonising society in eastern and southern Africa
100
7 The Atlantic slave trade
131
8 Regional diversity in the nineteenth century
164
9 Colonial invasion
193
10 Colonial change 19181950
219
11 Independent Africa 19501980
251
12 Industrialisation and race in South Africa 18861994
273
13 In the time of AIDS
288
Notes
317
Further reading
329
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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 and The African Poor: A History, which was awarded the Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association of the United States. Both books are published by Cambridge University Press.

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