UNESCO General History of Africa, Vol. VI: Africa in the Nineteenth Century Until the 1880s

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J. F. Ade Ajayi, Unesco. International Scientific Committee for the Drafting of a General History of Africa
University of California Press, Dec 7, 1989 - History - 861 pages
The result of years of work by scholars from all over the world, The UNESCO General History of Africa reflects how the different peoples of Africa view their civilizations and shows the historical relationships between the various parts of the continent. Historical connections with other continents demonstrate Africa's contribution to the development of human civilization. Each volume is lavishly illustrated and contains a comprehensive bibliography.

This sixth volume of the acclaimed series covers the period from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the onset of the European "scramble" for colonial territory in the 1880s.

In spite of a growing European commercial, religious, and political presence during the first three quarters of the century, outside influences were felt indirectly by most African societies, and they made a number of culturally distinctive attempts to modernize, expand, and develop. These are detailed in four thematic chapters, twenty-three chapters detailing developments in specific areas, and two concluding chapters tracing the African diaspora and assessing the state of the Continent's political, economic, and cultural development on the eve of the European conquest.

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Africa and the worldeconomy
New trends and processes in Africa
The abolition of the slave trade
The Mfecane and the rise of new African states
The impact of the Mfecane on the Cape Colony
The British Boers and Africans in South Africa 185080
The countries of the Zambezi basin
The East African coast and hinterland 180045 2 II
I8 Morocco from the beginning of the nineteenth century
I9 New patterns of European intervention in the Maghrib
The Sokoto caliphate and Borno
Massina and the Torodbe Tukuloor empire until 1878
States and peoples of Senegambia and Upper Guinea 636
States and peoples of the Niger Bend and the Volta
Dahomey Yorubaland Borgu and Benin in the nineteenth
The Niger delta and the Cameroon region

Peoples and states of the Great Lakes region
I3 The renaissance of Egypt 180581 325
I4 The Sudan in the nineteenth century 356
I6 Madagascar 180080 4
Algeria Tunisia and Libya
The African diaspora
Africa on the eve of the European conquest
Members of the International Scientific Committee for the drafting of

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About the author (1989)

Jacob Festus Ade Ajayi was born in Ikole Ekiti, Nigeria on May 26, 1929. He was educated at Igbobi College, Lagos; University College, Ibadan; and University College, Leicester. He received a B.A. and a Ph.D. in African history from the University of London. He was professor of history at the University of Ibadan from 1963 until 1989. He was a pioneer in the study of indigenous African history. He wrote and co-wrote several books including Milestones in Nigerian History, A Thousand Years of West African History written with Ian Espie, Yoruba Warfare in the Nineteenth Century written with R. S. Smith, Christian Missions in Nigeria 1841-91: The Making of a New Elite, and A Patriot to the Core. He was also a founder of the Ibadan History Series, a series of scholarly works providing new perspectives on African history. He died on August 9, 2014 at the age of 85.

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