The Cambridge History of Africa, Volume 2

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John Donnelly Fage, J. D. Fage, John Desmond Clark, Roland Anthony Oliver, Richard Gray, John E. Flint, A. D. Roberts
Cambridge University Press, 1975 - History - 886 pages
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After the prehistory of Volume I, Volume II of The Cambridge History of Africa deals with the beginnings of history. It is about 500 BC that historical sources begin to embrace all Africa north of the Sahara and, by the end of the period, documentation is also beginning to appear for parts of sub-Saharan Africa. North of the Sahara, this situation arises since Africans were sharing in the major civilizations of the Mediterranean world. It is shown that these northern Africans were not simply passive recipients of Phoenician, Greek, Roman and Arab influences, or of the great religions and cultures of Judaism, Christianity and Islam coming from the Semitic world. They adapted these things to their own particular needs and purposes, and sometimes too contributed to their general development. But the North African civilization failed to make headway south of the Sahara.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
an essay on
11
North Africa in the period of Phoenician
87
North Africa in the Hellenistic and Roman
148
25o BC to AD 40
176
The Nilotic Sudan and Ethiopia c 660 BC to c AD 600
210
TransSaharan contacts and the Iron
272
The emergence of Bantu Africa
342
The Christian period in Mediterranean
410
The Arab conquest and the rise of Islam
490
Christian Nubia
556
The Fatimid revolution 861973 and
589
bibliographical essays 8 5
685
Bibliography
719
Index
771
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