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A History of African Societies to 1870 - Elizabeth Isichei

A History of African Societies to 1870

Paperback Published: 30th June 1997
ISBN: 9780521455992
Number Of Pages: 592

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This comprehensive and detailed exploration of the African past, from prehistory to approximately 1870, is intended to provide a fully up-to-date complement to the Cambridge History of Africa. Reflecting several emphases in recent scholarship, it focusses on the changing modes of production, on gender relations and on ecology, laying particular stress on viewing 'history from below'. A distinctive theme is to be found in its analyses of cognitive history. The work falls into three sections. The first comprises a historiographic analysis, and covers the period from the dawn of prehistory to the end of the Early Iron Age. The second and third sections are, for the most part, organised on regional lines; the second section ends in the sixteenth century; the third carries the story on to 1870. A second volume, now in preparation, will cover the period from 1870 to 1995. This book attempts a more rounded view of African history than most of the other textbooks on the subject addressed to a (largely) undergraduate level student. Earlier histories have tended to ignore some of the current foci in the scholarly literature on Africa, generally not reflected in the textbooks: these include discussions of topical issues like ecology and gender. Isichei's book is also more radical.

'A Reading of A History of African Societies to 1870 impresses one with the fact that it is written by a 'teacher' of African history, not, merely an academic. Certainly, there are many good scholarly histories of Africa, but few that have been written with the average undergraduate student in mind. In Isichei's pages one can almost hear the questions asked by students over the years, and her careful working out of the answers: current, nuanced, and comprehensible, but not at all simplistic.' Charles W. McLellan, Radford University

Continental Perspectives: Perimeters
Prelude: Africa and the historians
Out of Africa: the precursors
Environment, language and art c. 10,000-c. 500 BCE
Producing more food c. 10,000-c. 500 BCE
Copper and iron c. 600 BCE-c. 1000 CE
Models: Production, Power and Gender
Regional Histories to the Sixteenth Century
Central Africa
East Africa
Africa south of the Limpopo
Northern Africa in antiquity
Northern Africa from the seventh century CE
The North-East
The Western Sudan
West Africa: from the savanna to the sea
Regional Historis to c. 1870
Northern Africa
The Western Sudan
The Central Sudan
The Atlantic slave trade
West Africa to 1870
Central Africa
Southern Africa
East and East Central Africa Maps
Human evolution: archaeological sites
African language families
Bantu Languages
Cradles of domestication
Central Africa
Eastern Africa
South Africa
Northern Africa in antiquity
Northern Africa (seventh to twelfth centuries)
Egypt and the Near East: Fatimids and Mamluks
The North-East
The Western Sudan (to c. 1600)
Lower Guinea
The Western and Central Sudan: the nineteenth century
Southern Africa: the nineteenth century
East and Central Africa: the nineteenth century. Diagrams
Human evolution
Long-term climate change
African language families: Afroasiatic
African language families: Nilo-Saharan
African language families: Kordofanian and Niger-Congo
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ISBN: 9780521455992
ISBN-10: 0521455995
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 592
Published: 30th June 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.99  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.82