History of Sub-Saharan Africa

ISBN-10: 052168708X

ISBN-13: 9780521687089

Edition: 2006

Authors: Robert O. Collins, James M. Burns

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In a trawl through the entire sweep of sub-Saharan history, the authors have written an accessible introduction for students and general readers. The opening chapter on geography and climate frames the discussion, demonstrating how the environment has shaped the societies and cultures of those living in the region. Thereafter they describe the rise of states and empires in the classical period, the slave trade within Africa and beyond to the Americas, and the European conquest. The concluding section focuses on Africa in the twentieth century as it gains independence and searches for a new identity beyond colonialism. While the authors mull over the debates which have shaped the study of African history, at the centre of this story are the tragedies, triumphs and the resilience of the African people. The book is illustrated with photographs, maps, and sidebars which feature the salient points on either side of the debates.
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List price: $33.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/8/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 417
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Robert O. Collins, emeritus professor of history at University of California, Santa Barbara, has written numerous books on the history of Africa, the Sudan, and the Nile. He has also worked as a professional river guide and has traversed most of the Nile.

List of illustrations
List of maps
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List of tables
Conversion table
The historical geography of Africa
Kingdoms on the Nile
The peoples of sub-Saharan Africa: society, culture, language
Crops, cows, and iron
Northeast Africa in the age of Aksum
Empires of the plains
East Africa and the Indian Ocean world
The Lake Plateau of East Africa
Societies and states of the West African forest
Kingdoms and trade in Central Africa
The peoples and states of southern Africa
Africa in world history
The arrival of Europeans in sub-Saharan Africa
Diseases and crops: old and new
Slavery in Africa
The Atlantic slave trade
The Asian slave trade
Imperial Africa
Prelude to the European conquest of Africa
The European conquest of Africa
Africans, Dutch, and the British in South Africa, 1486-1910
European colonial rule in Africa
The colonial legacy
Independent Africa
Nationalism and the independence of colonial Africa
The Union of South Africa and the apartheid state
A decade of hope
Cold war Africa
Africa at the beginning of the twenty-first century
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