Synopses & Reviews
Now newly revised, this invaluable reference work provides a succinct account of the development of African society from the first appearance of man to the complex polity of today. Kingdoms and Empires are only part of the story. The atlas covers the development of modern man, the differentiation and spread of African languages, the first crossings of the Sahara, the exploration of the Niger, and the search for 'the fountains of the Nile'. Gold and ivory lure traders from far away; Christendom and Islam compete for African attention. Names from the distant past become nation-states with aspirations appropriate to the modern world. Using the formula successfully established in his previous historical atlases, Colin McEvedy outlines this progress with the aid of sixty maps and a clear, concise text. Though his synthesis will be especially useful to those involved in the teaching of African history, its broad perspectives will undoubtedly appeal also to the general reader.
This reference work provides an account of the development of African society from the first appearance of humans to the complex polity of today. It covers the development of modern man, the differentiation and spread of African languages, and the first explorations of the continent.
About the Author
Colin McEvedy is the author of the companion volumes The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History and The Penguin Atlas of North American History.
Table of Contents
175 Million Years Ago
50 Million Years Ago
3 Million Years Ago
2 Million Years Ago
0.5 Million Years Ago
AD 200: Population
AD 200: The Classical Geographer's View of Africa
AD 1350: The Medieval Geographer's View of Africa
AD 1325-53: The Travels of Ibn Battuta
AD 1482-8: The Portuguese Voyages
AD 1497-8: Vasco da Gama's Voyage to India
AD 1600: Population and Trade Routes
AD 1800: Population
AD 1800: The European Geographer's View of Africa
AD 1856: The European View of Africa
AD 1860-73: European Exploration of the East African Lakes
Population in AD 1994