African City A History

ISBN-10: 0521527929
ISBN-13: 9780521527927
Edition: 2007
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Description: This unique book is comprehensive both in terms of time coverage, from before the Pharaohs to the present moment and in that it tries to consider cities from the entire continent, not just Sub-Saharan Africa. Apart from factual information and rich  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 226
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

This unique book is comprehensive both in terms of time coverage, from before the Pharaohs to the present moment and in that it tries to consider cities from the entire continent, not just Sub-Saharan Africa. Apart from factual information and rich description material culled from many sources, it looks at many issues from why urban life emerged in the first place to how present-day African cities cope in difficult times. Instead of seeing towns and cities as somehow extraneous to the real Africa, it views them as an inherent part of developing Africa, indigenous, colonial, and post-colonial and emphasizes the extent to which the future of African society and African culture will likely be played out mostly in cities. The book is written to appeal to students of history but equally to geographers, planners, sociologists and development specialists interested in urban problems.

Bill Freund is a professor in the Department of Economic History at the University of Natal in Durban. His books, including The African Worker and The Making of Contemporary Africa, and numerous shorter contributions, cover a wide range of topics in African and South African history. He was recently made a Fellow of the University of Natal.

Introduction
Urban life emerges in Africa
African cities and the emergence of a world trading economy
Colonialism and urbanisation
Cities in revolt: the long term crisis of South African urbanism
The post-colonial African city
Globalisation and the African city: Touba, Abidjan, Durban

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