Africa and the Africans in the Nineteenth Century A Turbulent History

ISBN-10: 0765616971
ISBN-13: 9780765616975
Edition: 2009
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Description: Most histories seek to understand modern Africa as a troubled outcome of nineteenth century European colonialism, but that is only a small part of the story. In this celebrated book, beautifully translated from the French edition, the history of  More...

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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Most histories seek to understand modern Africa as a troubled outcome of nineteenth century European colonialism, but that is only a small part of the story. In this celebrated book, beautifully translated from the French edition, the history of Africa in the nineteenth century unfolds from the perspective of Africans themselves rather than the European powers.It was above all a time of tremendous internal change on the African continent. Great jihads of Muslim conquest and conversion swept over west Africa. In the interior, warlords competed to control the internal slave trade. In the east, the sultanate of Zanzibar extended its reach via coastal and interior trade routes. In the north, Egypt began to modernize while Algeria was colonized. In the south, a series of forced migrations accelerated, spurred by the progression of white settlement.Through much of the century African societies assimilated and adapted to the changes generated by these diverse forces. In the end, the West's technological advantage prevailed and most of Africa fell under European control and lost its independence. Yet only by taking into account the rich complexity of this tumultuous past can we fully understand modern Africa from the colonial period to independence and the difficulties of today.

List of Tables, Figures, and Maps
Preface
Introduction
Note on the Transcription of Proper Nouns
People and Their Environment: Africa's Climate and Demography
The Perils of Rainfall Variations
Population Growth and Decline
The Ecology of Health
Greater Demographic Disparities
Greater Mobility
The Inflow of Foreigners
A Harsh Environment
Political and Warlike Islam: The Maghreb and West Africa Before the Colonial Conquest
The Maghreb Before Conquest
The Western Sudan at the Turn of the Nineteeth Century
A Major Focus: Trans-Saharan Trade
Jihad and the Religious Islam of Conquest
Adrift Under Western Pressure: Samori
Political and Merchant Islam: East Africa
Modernity as an Option: Egypt
At the Crossroads of Worlds: Ethopia
Old-Style Colonization: Zanzibar
In the Margins Between Worlds: Rabith
Animism's Resistance--Openness and Introversion: Central-Western Africa
The Reformism of the Coastal Empires
The Peoples of the Interior
The Meeting of Cultures: Southern Africa
Upheaval at the Beginning of the Nineteeth Century
Shaka and the Zulu Revolution: Revision of an Analysis
Lesotho: Colonized Bastion
The English, the Africans, and the Boers: The Genesis of Segregation
Colonial Intervention
The Beginnings of Colonia Imperialism in Sub-Saharan Africa
The Genesis of Colonial Government
The End of Colonial Conquests
Resitance
Algeria, from Revolt to Colonization
The Century's Innovations
Slavery: A Mode of Production That Had Become Dominant
Christianity: The Missionary Factor in Changing Mentalities
Economic and Social Changes: Systems of Production and Lifestyles
New Social Players: Gender Relations, Urbanization Culture and the Arts
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Chronology
Index
About the Author

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