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The African City
A History

Part of New Approaches to African History

  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521527927

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  • This book is comprehensive both in terms of time coverage, from before the Pharaohs to the present moment and in that it tries to consider cities from the entire continent, not just Sub-Saharan Africa. Apart from factual information and rich description material culled from many sources, it looks at many issues from why urban life emerged in the first place to how present-day African cities cope in difficult times. Instead of seeing towns and cities as somehow extraneous to the real Africa, it views them as an inherent part of developing Africa, indigenous, colonial, and post-colonial and emphasizes the extent to which the future of African society and African culture will likely be played out mostly in cities. The book is written to appeal to students of history but equally to geographers, planners, sociologists and development specialists interested in urban problems.

    • Covers African cities from before the Pharaohs up to the present
    • Discusses cities from all over the entire continent of Africa
    • Explores cities as an inherent part of Africa's development
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    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521527927
    • length: 226 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 155 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Urban life emerges in Africa
    2. African cities and the emergence of a world trading economy
    3. Colonialism and urbanisation
    4. Cities in revolt: the long term crisis of South African urbanism
    5. The post-colonial African city
    6. Globalisation and the African city: Touba, Abidjan, Durban.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • The Modern Context
  • Author

    Bill Freund, University of Natal, South Africa
    Bill Freund is Professor of Economic History and Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is the author of many books, including The African Worker (Cambridge University Press, 1995).

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