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A History of Africa

Combined Edition

Author Toyin Falola and Timothy Stapleton

Publication Date - December 2021

ISBN: 9780190690991

704 pages
Paperback
7 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $59.95

The most comprehensive narrative of African history

Description

Written by two senior scholars, A History of Africa introduces students to the history of the world's second largest continent. While it is not possible to discuss every event that ever happened in African history, the book comprises an historical narrative emphasizing key trends and processes illustrated by detailed examples. It represents a chronological and empirical history based on scholarly research and reconstructions of Africa's past. As a continental history, it seeks to cover all regions of Africa including North Africa, a region often seen as culturally and historically distinct. Furthermore, the narrative summarizes changing views and academic debates concerning aspects of African history. Richly illustrated with numerous maps and photographs, A History of Africa is the most comprehensive story of the place all humans call home.

A History of Africa is available in a combined print or eBook volume, or in split eBook volumes (Volume One: to 1880 and Volume Two: since 1870).

Features

  • 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 www.redshelf.com or www.vitalsource.com 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 https://learninglink.oup.com/

About the Author(s)

Toyin Falola is Professor of History, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities, the University of Texas at Austin.

Timothy Stapleton is Professor in the Department of History and fellow of the Center for Military, Strategic and Security Studies at the University of Calgary.

Table of Contents

    List of Maps
    Acknowledgements
    About the Author


    Introduction
    Images and Stereotypes
    Geography
    Periodization and Evidence
    Historiography
    South African Historiography
    Terminology

    PART ONE: Africa to 1880

    Chapter 1. Earliest Times
    Human Origins in Africa
    The Advent of Herding and Farming
    The Beginnings of Metallurgy
    The Expansion of Bantu Languages
    Conclusion

    Chapter 2. Ancient North Africa
    Northeast Africa: Egypt
    Northeast Africa: Nubia
    Northwest Africa: Berbers, Carthaginians, and Romans
    Roman North Africa
    Conclusion

    Chapter 3. Medieval North Africa, c.800-1500 CE
    Early Arab Muslim Caliphates (c.661-905)
    The Fatimid Empire (905-1171)
    The Ayyubid Empire (1171-1260)
    Mamluk Egypt (1260-1517)
    Medieval Nubia (c.650-1500)
    The Almoravid Empire (1040-1147)
    The Almohad Empire (1121-1269)
    The Marinid, Hafsid, and Zayyanid Kingdoms (c.1200-1500) of the Maghreb
    Conclusion

    Chapter 4. West Africa and the Trans-Sahara Trade, c.400-1700 CE
    Empires of the Sahel: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai
    The Trans-Sahara Trade Moves East
    The Coastal Forest
    Interior West Africa in the Eighteenth Century
    Conclusion

    Chapter 5. Ottoman North Africa, c.1500-1800
    Ottoman Egypt
    Sudan
    The Ottoman Maghreb
    Independent Morocco
    Conclusion

    Chapter 6. West Africa and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, c.1500-1800
    Portuguese Origins
    Slavery and Conflict in West-Central Africa
    Expansion of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
    Conclusion

    Chapter 7. East Africa to c.1800
    Axum
    Ethiopia and Its Neighbors
    The Swahili Coast
    The East African Interior
    Conclusion

    Chapter 8. Central Africa to c.1870
    The Luba Kingdom
    The Lunda Empire
    The Maravi Empire
    The Decline of the Luba and Lunda
    Societies in the Kasai Region
    North of the Zambezi River: The Lozi Kingdom
    The Forest and Its Northern Fringe
    Conclusion

    Chapter 9. Southern Africa to c.1800
    Iron Age Developments
    The Zimbabwe Plateau
    Successor States of Great Zimbabwe
    South of the Limpopo River
    European Colonization in the Cape
    Conclusion

    Chapter 10. North Africa, c.1800-1880
    Egypt
    Algeria
    Tunisia
    Libya
    Morocco
    Conclusion

    Chapter 11. West Africa, c.1800-1880
    Abolition of the Slave Trade
    West Africa's New Economy
    The Spread of Christianity
    European Exploration of the West African Interior
    Warfare and European Intervention
    Freed Slave Settlements on the Coast
    Jihads in the Hinterland
    Conclusion

    Chapter 12. East Africa, c.1800-1880
    Madagascar
    Ethiopia
    Great Lakes Kingdoms
    Hinterland Warlords
    Pastoralist Expansion
    European Explorers
    Conclusion

    Chapter 13. Southern Africa, c.1800-1870
    State Expansion and Conflict in the Southeast
    British Expansion
    Boer Expansion
    The Zimbabwe Plateau
    Conclusion

    Thematic Conclusion to Part One
    Communalism
    Trade and Commerce
    Political Organization
    Family
    Religion and African Spirituality

    PART TWO: Africa since 1870

    Chapter 14. Introduction: Africa in 1870

    Chapter 15. The Scramble for Africa, c.1880-1910
    North Africa
    Northeast Africa
    West Africa
    East Africa
    Central Africa
    Conclusion

    Chapter 16. Southern Africa's Mineral Revolution, c.1870-1910
    Diamond Discovery
    Gold Discovery
    The Scramble in Southern Africa
    The South African War (1899-1902)
    Conclusion

    Chapter 17. Colonial Rule in Africa: The State and the Economy, c.1900-1939
    The Early Years of Colonial Rule
    Colonial States
    Colonial Economies
    People and the Environment
    Conclusion

    Chapter 18. Colonial Rule in Africa: Social and Cultural Change, c.1900-1950
    Religion
    Class, Gender, and Ethnicity
    Popular Culture
    Music
    Sports
    Conclusion

    Chapter 19. New Forms of Protest between the World Wars, 1919-1939
    Armed Resistance
    New Ideas: Pan-Africanism and Communism
    Elite Associations
    Organized Labor
    Rural Protest
    Conclusion

    Chapter 20. Africa and the World Wars, 1914-1945
    The First World War in Africa
    The Second World War in Africa
    Impacts of the Second World War
    Conclusion

    Chapter 21. Decolonization and African Nationalism, Part One: 1945-1970
    Changing Imperial Policies
    British West Africa
    Ghana (The Gold Coast)
    Nigeria
    Sierra Leone
    The Gambia
    British East Africa
    Kenya
    Tanganyika
    Uganda
    Conclusion

    Chapter 22. Decolonization and African Nationalism, Part Two: 1945-1974
    French Africa
    Algeria
    Madagascar and Cameroon
    The French Community
    The Belgian Territories: Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi
    Congo
    Rwanda and Burundi
    Portuguese Africa
    Conclusion

    Chapter 23. White Supremacy and Apartheid in Southern Africa, 1948-1994
    South Africa
    The Apartheid System
    Passive Resistance to Apartheid
    The Sharpeville Massacre
    The End of Apartheid
    South West Africa (Namibia)
    Independence in South-Central Africa
    Conclusion

    Chapter 24. Independent Africa in the Cold War Era: State, Economy, and Culture, c. 1960-1990
    Military Coups and Regimes
    Capitalism and Socialism in Africa
    Personalist Dictatorships
    Culture
    Music
    Literature
    Conclusion

    Chapter 25. Independent Africa in the Cold War Era: Cooperation and Conflict, 1960-1990
    International Organizations
    Regional Organizations
    Civil Wars
    Congo
    Nigeria
    Sudan
    Inter-State Wars
    Egypt and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
    Angola
    The Horn of Africa
    Chad
    Conclusion

    Chapter 26. Independent Africa after the Cold War: State, Economy, and Conflict
    Democratization
    Civil Wars in West Africa
    Liberia and Sierra Leone
    Cote D'Ivoire and Nigeria
    Democracy and Authoritarianism in Southern Africa
    South Africa, Botswana and Namibia
    Mozambique
    Angola
    Zimbabwe
    Secession and Failed States in East Africa
    Ethiopia
    Somalia
    Sudan
    Uganda
    War and Genocide in Central Africa
    Rwanda
    Burundi
    Zaire/Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Central African Republic
    Islamist Movements and the "Arab Spring" in North Africa and the Sahara
    Civil War in Algeria
    Mali and Niger
    North Africa
    Conclusion

    Chapter 27. Independent Africa after the Cold War: Health, Environment, and Culture
    Health Crises
    Influenza
    HIV/AIDS
    Ebola
    COVID-19
    The Environment
    Climate Change
    Contested Culture
    Homophobia and Homosexuality
    Female Genital Mutilation
    Popular Culture
    Film
    Music
    Conclusion

    Thematic Conclusion to Part Two
    The Partition of Africa
    Resistance to Colonial Conquest
    Colonialism and "Modernization"
    Colonial Economy and the State
    Nationalism and the Decolonization of Africa
    Africa and the Age of Political Independence
    The Inherited Identity; Democracy and Democratic Practices in Africa
    Post Independent African States and the Colonial Structure
    Integration of African States and the Development of Regional Intergovernmental Bodies

    Epilogue Future Africa
    Further Reading
    Credits
    Index

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