North Africa: A History from Antiquity to the Present
North Africa has been a vital crossroads throughout history, serving as a connection between Africa, Asia, and Europe. Paradoxically, however, the region's historical significance has been chronically underestimated. In a book that may lead scholars to reimagine the concept of Western civilization, incorporating the role North African peoples played in shaping "the West," Phillip Naylor describes a locale whose transcultural heritage serves as a crucial hinge, politically, economically, and socially.
Ideal for novices and specialists alike, North Africa begins with an acknowledgment that defining this area has presented challenges throughout history. Naylor's survey encompasses the Paleolithic period and early Egyptian cultures, leading readers through the pharonic dynasties, the conflicts with Rome and Carthage, the rise of Islam, the growth of the Ottoman Empire, European incursions, and the postcolonial prospects for Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Western Sahara.
Emphasizing the importance of encounters and interactions among civilizations, North Africa maps a prominent future for scholarship about this pivotal region.
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ONE Ancient North Africa and Its Expansive Civilizations
TWO Rome and North Africa
From the Arrival of Islam to the Berber Empires
FOUR The Almoravid and the Almohad Empires and Their Successor States
FIVE Turkish Ascendance and Moroccan Independence
SIX European Colonialism in North Africa
SEVEN The Decolonization of North Africa
Egypt Libya and Tunisia