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Published: 15 December 2021

480 Pages | 390

ISBN: 9780197543009

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A History of Africa

Combined Edition

Author Toyin Falola and Timothy Stapleton

  • Explores African history from earliest times to the present.
  • Important topics in Part One include the spread of agriculture and ironworking, the rise of centralized states, and African involvement in intercontinental trade networks.
  • Important topics in Part Two include include African reactions to colonial conquest, social and economic change during colonial rule, Africa's experience of the world wars, African nationalism and decolonization, the rise of popular culture, globalization, and the impact of the Cold War and its end.
  • An Introduction provides the reader with an overview of key issues in the study of African history, including race, stereotypes, geography, periodization, and historiography.
  • Thematic Conclusions at the end of each Part examine important and enduring patterns in African history, such as communalism, trade and commerce, political organization, family, and religion (Part One); and the legacies of colonialism, the impacts of modernization, and the effects of democracy, globalization, and intergovernmental structures on African societies today (Part Two).
  • The authors introduce students to important debates in the field, including Bantu expansion, the society and economy of Great Zimbabwe, the questions surrounding the early history of the Cape Colony, the origins of apartheid, and the rise of African nationalism.
  • Includes over 80 maps and over 200 photos.
  • Each chapter includes a timeline, key terms, and study questions.
  • The ebook includes enhancements designed to increase student engagement, including end-of-chapter quizzes, notetaking guides, and timeline activities. Please visit or to learn more about eBook purchasing options.
  • Adopters of A History of Africa have access to Power Point slides of all the images in the text, a test-item file, and an Oxford Learning Link Direct course cartridge at