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Medieval Africa, 1250–1800

Medieval Africa, 1250–1800

  • Date Published: October 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521793728


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  • This is a radically revised version of The African Middle Ages 1400–1800, and the companion volume to the authors' well-known Africa since 1800. It follows the overall plan of the original, but now begins 150 years earlier, and considers recent literature in African historical studies. The earlier starting date enables a more distinctly African viewpoint. By about 1250 AD African societies were greatly expanding their political and economic scope. Islam was spreading south across the Sahara from Mediterranean Africa, and down the Indian Ocean coast. Medieval Africa continues into the period of European contacts from the 15th century onwards, with some emphasis on the growth of the trans-Saharan, Atlantic and Indian Ocean slave trade. The book stresses both the strengths and weaknesses of African societies as the eighteenth century drew to a close. This volume will be an essential introduction to African history for students, as well as for the general reader. It is illustrated with a wealth of maps.

    • Establishes a truly African background for introductory courses in African history
    • Deals with Africa to the north of the Sahara as well as to the south
    • Medieval Africa is not compressed into a minor introductory role, as it is in most general histories of the continent
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Another authoritative survey …' History Today

    '… this is an excellent work of synthesis.' History

    '… this book gives an excellent survey of a period in African history which is still relatively neglected in comparison with the colonial period. In particular, scholars and students of Africa who wish to explore how Africa's internal dynamics have been shaped by and responded to natural environment and its position in a wider world of socioeconomic and cultural contacts, may find this book extremely useful.' South African Historical Journal

    'The volume betrays a high level of scholarship associated with the names of both authors, and it will surely find its readership among students and the general public as an introduction to African history.' Asian and African Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521793728
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • contains: 24 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Egypt
    3. Ifriqiya and the Regencies
    4. The Islamic Far West
    5. The Western Sudan and Upper Guinea
    6. The Central Sudan and Lower Guinea
    7. Nubia, Darfur and Wadai
    8. The North-Eastern triangle
    9. The Upper Nile Basin and the East African Plateau
    10. The heart of Africa
    11. The land of the Blacksmith Kings
    12. From the Lualaba to the Zambezi
    13. The approaches to Zimbabwe
    14. The peoples of the South.

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

    • Africa to 1800
    • African History I
    • World Civilizations: Africa
  • Authors

    Roland Oliver

    Anthony Atmore

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