West Africa An Introduction to Its History, Civilization and Contemporary Situation
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Description: 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.
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Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
Publication date: 11/1/2002
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.75" tall
|List of Boxes|
|List of Figures|
|List of Maps|
|List of Photos|
|List of Tables|
|How this Book is Organized|
|Special Features in the Text|
|Geography, Environment & Language|
|Tradition, Civic Culture & Kinship|
|Religion in West Africa|
|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|
|Colonialism in Action|
|The Move to Freedom & the Triumph of Prebendalism|
|The Postcolonial Era|
|The ECOWAS Community|
|Development in West Africa|
|Glossary - Terms|
|Glossary - People, Cities, States & Empires|