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Africa in the Iron Age : c.500 BC-1400 AD - Roland Oliver

Africa in the Iron Age

c.500 BC-1400 AD

Paperback Published: 28th December 1975
ISBN: 9780521099004
Number Of Pages: 244

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Africa in the Iron Age is a comprehensive and authoritative introduction to African history between about 500 B.C. and A.D. 1400. The authors are not so much concerned with a particular technological revolution as the enormous changes - political, social and economic - that took place during the period 500 B.C.-A.D. 1400 all over the African continent. The book falls into three parts. Early chapters describe conditions about 500 B.C. when North Africa is already in the Bronze Age, Middle Africa is engaged in Stone Age farming and south of the Sahara most men live by hunting and gathering food. Between 500 B.C. and A.D. 1000 life in settled communities becomes normal throughout the continent. Finally, the Iron Age sees the rise of state systems, the development of long-distance trade and the spread of Islam and Monophysite Christianity. Any study of this period has to combine historical and archaeological methods in the search for evidence and in the subsequent interpretation of data. While literary evidence does exist for the period, Iron Age archaeology necessarily supplies most of the evidence examined. Roland Oliver is a leading African historian and the author of several standard books on the subject. Brian Fagan is an acknowledged expert on African Iron Age archaeology.

List of figuresp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Northern Africa at the end of the Bronze Agep. 1
Early food production in middle Africap. 12
Late Stone Age hunter-gatherers in Africa south of the Equatorp. 22
North-east Africa and the Greek-speaking worldp. 33
North Africa and its invaders from 500 B.C. till the Arab conquestsp. 47
Sub-Saharan West Africa in the Early Iron Age -- 500 B.C. to A.D. 1000p. 59
West-central Africa around the first millennium A.D.p. 70
East Africa to about the eleventh centuryp. 81
South-central Africa to the eleventh centuryp. 93
South of the Limpopo and the Kalaharip. 106
Muslim Egypt and Christian Nubiap. 119
Christianity and Islam in north-east Africap. 132
The eastern Maghrib and the central Sudan during the early Muslim periodp. 145
The western Maghrib and Sudan c. 700-1250p. 157
Mali and its neighbours c. 1250-1450p. 169
West Africa south of Hausaland c. 700-1400p. 180
Eastern Africa and the outside world c. 1000-1400p. 191
States and trading systems of central Africa c. 1000-1400p. 203
Suggestions for further readingp. 215
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780521099004
ISBN-10: 0521099005
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 28th December 1975
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.46 x 13.95  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.29