West Africa An Introduction to Its History, Civilization and Contemporary Situation

ISBN-10: 0890896496
ISBN-13: 9780890896495
Edition: 2002
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List price: $50.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
Publication date: 11/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 660
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.992
Language: English

This introductory book covers West Africa's history, social organization, and contemporary setting. It analyzes the many present-day problems facing West Africans such as the lack of development, dependency on economic relations with wealthy countries, poor governance, interference by the military in civilian affairs, corruption, and the lack of functioning democratic governments. This book also shows how West African indigenous civilization developed its humanitarian, democratic, and communalistic nature. Traditional political processes and ancestral customs are put forth as ways of solving West Africa's modern problems. Divided into three main parts: ''The Setting and Social Organization,'' ''The History of West Africa,'' and "The Modern Era," the main objective of this textbook is to teach students about the depth of African civilization and how its principles can be used to address modern-day problems in West Africa. Mendonsa expresses the opinion that in order to solve current problems plaguing the region, a knowledge of history, African culture, and ancient African beliefs is crucial. The Teacher's Manual includes chapter outlines and summaries, key points, sample questions, and suggested films and websites.

List of Boxes
List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Photos
List of Tables
Preface
Political Economy
How this Book is Organized
Special Features in the Text
Special Thanks
Introduction
Geography, Environment & Language
Tradition, Civic Culture & Kinship
Religion in West Africa
Economic Institutions
Political Institutions
Art in West Africa
Music & Society in West Africa
The Early History of West Africa
West Africa's Great States & Islam
First Contact: The Europeans Arrive
Slavery in West Africa
War & Resistance Against Europe
Toward Colonialism
Colonialism in Action
The Move to Freedom & the Triumph of Prebendalism
The Postcolonial Era
The ECOWAS Community
Development in West Africa
Conclusion
Glossary - Terms
Glossary - People, Cities, States & Empires
Acronyms
Index

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