Synopses & Reviews
The result of years of work by scholars from all over the world, The UNESCO General History of Africa
reflects how the different peoples of Africa view their civilizations and shows the historical relationships between the various parts of the continent. Historical connections with other continents demonstrate Africa's contribution to the development of human civilization. Each volume is lavishly illustrated and contains a comprehensive bibliography.
This sixth volume of the acclaimed series covers the period from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the onset of the European "scramble" for colonial territory in the 1880s.
In spite of a growing European commercial, religious, and political presence during the first three quarters of the century, outside influences were felt indirectly by most African societies, and they made a number of culturally distinctive attempts to modernize, expand, and develop. These are detailed in four thematic chapters, twenty-three chapters detailing developments in specific areas, and two concluding chapters tracing the African diaspora and assessing the state of the Continent's political, economic, and cultural development on the eve of the European conquest.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 797-831) and index.
Table of Contents
Africa at the beginning of the nineteenth century : issues and prospects / J.F.A. Ajayi -- Africa and the world-economy / I. Wallerstein -- New trends and processes in Africa in the nineteenth century / A.A. Boahen -- The abolition of the slave trade / S. Daget -- The Mfecane and the rise of new African states / L.D. Ngcongco -- The impact of the Mfecane on the Cape Colony / E.K. Mashingaidze -- The British, Boers and Africans in south Africa, 1850-80 / N. Bhebe -- The countries of the Zambezi basin / A.F. Isaacman -- The East African coast and hinterland, 1800-45 / A.I. Salim -- The East African coast and hinterland, 1845-80 / I.N. Kimambo -- Peoples and states of the Great Lakes region / D.W. Cohen -- The Congo Basin and Angola / J.L. Vellut -- The renaissance of Egypt, 1805-81 / A. Abdel-Malek -- The Sudan in the nineteenth century / H.A. Ibrahim -- Ethiopia and Somalia / R. Pankhurst -- Madagascar 1800-80 / P.M. Mutibwa -- New trends in the Maghrib : Algeria, Tunisia and Libya / M.H. Cherif -- Morocco from the beginning of the nineteenth century to 1880 / A. Laroui --