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The The Cambridge History of Africa : The Cambridge History of Africa From C.500 BC-AD 1050 v.2 - J. D. Fage

The The Cambridge History of Africa

The Cambridge History of Africa From C.500 BC-AD 1050 v.2

By: J. D. Fage (Editor)

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Published: 25th September 2014
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After the prehistory of Volume I, Volume II of The Cambridge History of Africa deals with the beginnings of history. It is about 500 B.C. that historical sources begin to embrace all Africa north of the Sahara and, by the end of the period, documentation is also beginning to appear for parts of sub-Saharan Africa. North of the Sahara, this situation arises since Africans were sharing in the major civilizations of the Mediterranean world. It is shown that these northern Africans were not simply passive recipients of Phoenician, Greek, Roman and Arab influences, or of the great religions and cultures of Judaism, Christianity and Islam coming from the Semitic world. They adapted these things to their own particular needs and purposes, and sometimes too contributed to their general development. But the North African civilization failed to make headway south of the Sahara. The agricultural crops that sustained it were unsuited to the tropics: the growth of populations large enough to secure effective mobilization of resources therefore depended on the development of new crops by Sudanic cultivators immediately south of the Sahara. When this had been done, the foundations were laid for a wholly African civilization and, by the end of the period, the Bantu expansion had brought almost all the southern half of the continent within its sphere.

' ... a work of elegant scholarship and an invaluable research tool.' The American Historical Review

Introduction
The legacy of prehistory
North Africa in the period of Phoenician and greek colonization
North Africa in the Hellenistic and Roman periods
The Nilotic Sudan and Ethiopia
Trans-Saharan contacts and the Iron Age in West Africa
The emergence of Bantu Africa
The Christian period in Mediterranean Africa
The Arab conquest and the rise of Islam to North Africa
Christian Nubia
The Fatimid revolution and its aftermath in North Africa
The Sahara and the Sudan from the Arab conquest of the Maghrib to the rise of the Almoravids
Bibliographical essays
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521215923
ISBN-10: 0521215927
Series: The Cambridge History of Africa 8 Volume Hardback Set : Book 2
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 886
Published: 25th September 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 5.8
Weight (kg): 1.27