History of Africa

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Macmillan International Higher Education, May 14, 2012 - History - 528 pages
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In a single volume, History of Africa offers readers a richly illustrated narrative introduction to the history of the entire continent, from earliest times through to the present day. Building on the book's established reputation and success, this third edition has been revised and updated throughout in the light of new research and recent events. A companion website now also supports the text.

Kevin Shillington traces the history of the continent through the ancient world to medieval, modern and contemporary Africa. He explores the early emergence of farming; the kingdoms of Ancient Egypt, Aksum and Meroe; medieval empires; the spread and impact of Islam; the role of trade and religion; and the development of Africa's wide range of pastoral, agricultural and hunting societies.

History of Africa, third edition:
• contains nearly 100 specially-drawn maps and almost 200 illustrations, a number of which are new for this edition
• takes a deliberately African viewpoint of the European involvement in Africa
• provides a carefully constructed examination of the colonial period and the problems of post-colonial Africa
• presents expanded coverage of modern Africa with more on issues such as economic concerns, globalization, international organisations, climate change, HIV/AIDS, and the role of China
• opens with a new Introduction which includes a helpful historiographical overview
• features a companion website offering additional historical debate and critical discussion to complement specific parts of the text; key points to remember for each chapter; a variety of essay questions and exercises; and other resources to enhance the learning experience.

Eminently clear and approachable, History of Africa remains the essential text for anyone with an interest in this remarkable continent and its fascinating past.

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I have to be honest and admit that until reading this book I was very uninformed about the history of Africa outside of Egypt and Ethiopia and in any other periods than the ancient and Medieval. This ... Read full review

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This work is written from an African perspective e.g., "Alexander of Macedon (known in European history as Alexander the Great)'' and is geared to secondary students (it comes complete with questions ... Read full review


Chapter 1 Early prehistory of Africa
farming and pastoralism in tropical Africa and Ancient Egypt
Chapter 3 The impact of iron in north and west Africa
Chapter 4 The Early Iron Age in central eastern and southern Africa
Chapter 5 North and northeastern Africa to 1000 CE
Chapter 6 TransSaharan trade and the kingdom of ancient Ghana
Chapter 7 Islam and the Sudanic states of west Africa
Chapter 18 Preindustrial southern Africa in the nineteenth century
Chapter 19 North and northeast Africa in the nineteenth century
Chapter 20 Christianity and precolonial nationalism
Chapter 21 The European Scramble colonial conquest and African resistance in east northcentral and west Africa
Chapter 22 Industrialisation colonial conquest and African resistance in southcentral and southern Africa
the early period of colonial rule
the high tide of colonial rule
Chapter 25 The Second World War and Africa

Chapter 8 Eastern Africa to the sixteenth century
Chapter 9 Trading towns of the east African coast to the sixteenth century
Chapter 10 Later Iron Age states and societies of central and southern Africa to 1600
Chapter 11 North and northeast Africa to the eighteenth century
Chapter 12 The Atlantic slave trade sixteenth to eighteenth century
Chapter 13 West African states and societies to the eighteenth century
Chapter 14 Central and eastern Africa to the eighteenth century
Chapter 15 Southern Africa to the eighteenth century
Chapter 16 West Africa in the nineteenth century and the ending of the slave trade
Chapter 17 Central and east Africa in the nineteenth century
Chapter 26 The winning of independence 1
Chapter 27 The winning of independence 2
Chapter 28 The winning of independence 3
Chapter 29 Africa since independence 1
Chapter 30 Africa since independence 2
Chapter 31 Contemporary Africa 1
Chapter 32 Contemporary Africa 2
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About the author (2012)

KEVIN SHILLINGTON is an independent scholar. He trained history teachers at the University of Botswana in the 1980s and his years of teaching experience in Africa have included African History at secondary school and university level. He holds an MA and PhD in African History from the University of London and is the author of many books on African history. He is also editor of the Encyclopaedia of African History (2004).

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