Africans: The History of a Continent
In a vast and all-embracing study of Africa, from the origins of mankind to the AIDS epidemic, John Iliffe refocuses its history on the peopling of an environmentally hostile continent. Africans have been pioneers struggling against disease and nature, and their social, economic and political institutions have been designed to ensure their survival. In the context of medical progress and other twentieth-century innovations, however, the same institutions have bred the most rapid population growth the world has ever seen. Africans: The History of a Continent is thus a single story binding living Africans to their earliest human ancestors.
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4 Christianity and Islam
5 Colonising society in western Africa
6 Colonising society in eastern and southern Africa
7 The Atlantic slave trade
8 Regional diversity in the nineteenth century
9 Colonial invasion
Afrikaner agricultural Angola areas Asante Atlantic slave trade became Berber British Cape cattle central chief chiefdoms chieﬂy Christian coastal conﬁned conﬂict Congo created cult cultivators culture decline demographic disease dominated East eastern economic Egypt Egyptian eighteenth century elite epidemic equatorial especially Ethiopia European expanded exports famine ﬁfteenth century ﬁgures ﬁrearms ﬁrst ﬁrst millennium ﬁve forest French Fulbe Ghana Gold Coast groups Hausa Hutu Ifriqiya Igbo independence indigenous inﬂuence Islamic Kenya king kingdom Kongo labour Lake land later London major military missionaries modern Muslim Niger Nigeria nineteenth century North northern numbers ofﬁcials organisation party pastoralists peasants percent perhaps political population growth Portuguese probably produce regime region resistance rulers rural Rwanda savanna Senegal settlement Shambaa slave trade social society South Africa southern Africa southwards stateless sub-Saharan Sudan survived took towns traditions Tutsi Uganda urban Valley villages West Africa West African western Africa women Yoruba Zimbabwe