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The African Experience : From Olduvai Gorge To The 21st Century - Roland Oliver

The African Experience

From Olduvai Gorge To The 21st Century

Paperback Published: 31st July 2000
ISBN: 9780813390420
Number Of Pages: 367

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This masterpiece of scholarship and compression, the second edition of "The African Experience," covers the entire span of human history across the African continent, from the earliest emergence of hominids in eastern and southern Africa up to the present day. Drawing on more than forty years of teaching and research, Professor Oliver arranges the book thematically, beginning with the human colonization of the different regions of Africa, the origins of food production, and the formation of African languages.The achievements of Ancient Egypt are placed in context with the developments in the rest of the continent, and the spread of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - "peoples of the book." The tradition of urban settlement is traced, especially in western Africa, as well as the emergence of large and complex societies formed by the interaction of pastoralists and cultivators in eastern and southern Africa.The extent and nature of slavery in Africa is fully discussed, together with the external slave trade and the caravan trade in precolonial times. This leads to an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of African political systems and why, from the early nineteenth century onwards, these systems were unable to withstand political pressure from abroad and the ensuing colonization. The colonial partition of Africa saw the rapid amalgamation of small units, through which considerable modernization was achieved at the expense of the indigenous structures and through the exploitation of the African peoples. Later chapters describe the birth of modern African nation-states, at a time of widespread belief in state planning - now being questioned as the political elites of black Africa begin to review their single-party systems. This new edition sees a number of revisions, including a new chapter on the 1990s, when the end of the Cold War left Africa free at last to try to solve its own problems.

* Eden * Eden Outgrown * The Fruits of the Earth * The Bricks of Babel * The Flesh-pots of Egypt * The Men of Iron * Peoples of the Book * Cities of the Plain * Pastures Green * Masters and Slaves * The Swelling Caravans * Pomp and Power * Strangers at the Gates * The Drawing of the Map * The New taskmasters * The Things of God * The Fullness of Time * The Birth of Nations * The Slippery Slope * Full Exposure * The Past and Present

ISBN: 9780813390420
ISBN-10: 0813390427
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 367
Published: 31st July 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.78 x 15.32  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 2

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