A History of Sub-Saharan Africa

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 8, 2007 - History - 406 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

1 The historical geography of Africa
7
2 Kingdoms on the Nile
23
4 Crops cows and iron
52
5 Northeast Africa in the age
64
6 Empires of the plains
78
7 East Africa and the Indian
96
8 The Lake Plateau of East Africa
114
9 Societies and states of the West
128
15 The Atlantic slave trade
213
16 The Asian slave trade
228
17 Prelude to the European conquest
251
18 The European conquest of Africa
265
19 Africans Dutch and the British in
280
20 European colonial rule in Africa
296
21 The colonial legacy
309
22 Nationalism and the independence
331

10 Kingdoms and trade in
142
11 The peoples and states of
159
12 The arrival of Europeans in
175
old and new
191
14 Slavery in Africa
202
23 The Union of South Africa and the
344
24 A decade of hope
357
25 Cold war Africa
366
26 Africa at the beginning of the
377

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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 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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