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Farmers, Kings, and Traders: The People of Southern Africa, 200-1860

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In this overview of the origins and development of black societies in southern Africa, Martin Hall reconstructs the region's past by throughly examining both the archaeological and the historical records. Beginning with the gradual southward movement of the earliest farmers nearly two thousand years ago, Hall tracks the emergence of precolonial states such as Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe. Farmers, Kings, and Traders concludes with the devastating effects of colonialism.

Through a close reading of the accounts of early travelers, colonialists, archaeologists, and historians, Hall places in context the often contradictory histories that have been written of this region. The result is an illuminating look at how ideas about the past have themselves changed over time.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 149-155) and index.

About the Author

Martin Hall is associate professor of archaeology and director of the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

1. Farmers, kings and traders in southern Africa

2. Changing views: from barbarous tribes to Iron Age traditions

3. Origins: unwrapping the Iron Age package

4. Pioneers

5. Taking stock

6. The nature of society

7. Toutswe, Mapungubwe and the East coast trade

8. From desert to ocean: the Zimbabwe achievement

9. Great Zimbabwe

10. Kings and conquistadores, merchants and markets

11. Warriors, adventurers and slaves

12. Transformations in southern Africa

References

Index

Acknowledgements

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226313269
Foreword:
West, Martin R.
Author:
West, Martin
Foreword by:
West, Martin R.
Foreword:
West, Martin R.
Author:
Hall, Martin
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
History
Subject:
South Africa
Subject:
Africa, Southern
Subject:
Africa, Southern History To 1899.
Subject:
Africa - South Africa
Subject:
Africa - South - South Africa
Subject:
Africa - South - Republic of South Africa
Subject:
World History-Africa
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
no. 25
Publication Date:
19901031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9.52x7.10x.48 in. .70 lbs.

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