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Author Brett, Michael, 1934-

Title Approaching African history / Michael Brett.

Publication Info. Woodbridge, Suffolk : James Currey, 2013.


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 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  960 B756a 2013    ---  Available
Description xi, 356 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 332-343) and index.
Summary Africa is a huge continent, as large as the more habitable areas of Europe and Asia put together. This book takes as its subject the last 10,000 years of African history, and traces the way in which human society on the continent has evolved from communities of hunters and gatherers to the complex populations of today.
Contents The problem of African history. The problem of definition -- Solving the problem: the search for information -- Solving the problem: the writing of African history -- The making of African society. From hunting & gathering to herding & farming -- From herding & farming to cities & states -- The peopling of the south -- Men & women -- From kinship to kingship -- The mind of Africa -- The empires of the south -- Africa in the world. Ancient, medieaeval & modern -- Ancient Egypt & Nubia -- The world of Greece & Rome -- Rome beyond the imperial frontiers -- Christianity in the world of late antiquity -- The Arabs & Islam -- Islam, the Sahara & the land of the Blacks -- Islam & Christianity in the east -- Ibn Battuta & Ibn Khaldun -- The unification of Africa. The age of empire -- An Islamic Africa -- Between the Americas & the Indies -- A history of change -- After Napoleon -- The reconfiguration of Africa -- The reorganisation of Africa -- The reaction of Africa -- The arrival of African history. The resurgence of Africa -- Africa in contemporary history -- Approaching African history.
Subject Africa -- Historiography.
Africa -- History.
Africa -- Civilization.
Africa -- Geography.
ISBN 9781847010636

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