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Updated in its 4thedition, The African Experienceis the only interdisciplinary survey to examine this region of the world from geographic, linguistic, social, historical, and political perspectives. Drawing on research from all of the social sciences, this text captures Africa in its complex totality. The African Experiencehelps readers develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of Africa, one that allows them to grasp the region's internal dynamics and its evolving place in the world.
Vincent B. Khapoya is Professor of Political Science at Oakland University.
Table of Contents
|Africa: The Continent and Its People||p. 1|
|Language and Culture||p. 11|
|African Traditional Institutions||p. 19|
|Forms of Marriage||p. 26|
|Nonkinship Groups||p. 32|
|The Individual in African Societies||p. 36|
|Family Life and Socialization||p. 41|
|Family Life||p. 41|
|Traditional Religious Beliefs||p. 45|
|Belief in God||p. 46|
|Belief in Spirits||p. 49|
|Belief in Ancestors||p. 49|
|Religion as a Way of Life||p. 50|
|Politics and Government in Traditional Africa||p. 52|
|Segmental Systems||p. 53|
|Hierarchical Systems||p. 54|
|Pyramidal Systems||p. 55|
|Political Development in Historic Africa||p. 59|
|Prehistoric Africa||p. 63|
|Ancient Africa||p. 66|
|The Kingdoms of Egypt||p. 66|
|Other Ancient African Civilizations||p. 70|
|Medieval Africa||p. 71|
|Early Modern Africa||p. 81|
|Nineteenth-Century Africa||p. 83|
|North Africa (c. 1800-1900)||p. 84|
|The African Sudan (c. 1800-1900)||p. 85|
|West Africa (c. 1800-1900)||p. 87|
|East Africa (c. 1800-1900)||p. 92|
|Colonialism and the African Experience||p. 99|
|Reasons for Europe's Interest in Africa||p. 100|
|Imperialism in Africa: The Rationale||p. 103|
|Race and European Colonizers: "The Civilizing Missions"||p. 106|
|The British Mission||p. 107|
|The French Mission||p. 108|
|The French and the British Contrasted: Senghor and Khama||p. 109|
|Fanon's Theory of French Racism||p. 111|
|The Portuguese Mission||p. 112|
|The Belgian Mission||p. 114|
|Colonial Administrative Styles||p. 116|
|Indirect Rule||p. 117|
|Direct Rule||p. 119|
|Company Rule||p. 122|
|Indirect Company Rule||p. 123|
|The Economics of Colonialism||p. 125|
|Expropriation of Land||p. 125|
|Exploitation of Labor||p. 127|
|Hut and Poll Tax||p. 128|
|Labor Conscription||p. 129|
|Cash Crops and One-Crop Economies||p. 130|
|Prohibition of Inter-African Trade and Communications||p. 131|
|Immigrant Labor||p. 132|
|Lack of Industrialization||p. 134|
|Colonial Rule: Did the Africans Benefit?||p. 134|
|African Nationalism and the Struggle for Freedom||p. 139|
|Modern African Nationalism||p. 141|
|Colonial Oppression||p. 142|
|Missionary Churches||p. 143|
|World Wars I and II||p. 149|
|The League of Nations and the United Nations||p. 157|
|Independence Movements||p. 160|
|African Independence: The First Thirty Years||p. 169|
|Decolonization and the Transfer of Power||p. 170|
|Centralization of Power||p. 170|
|Regionalism and Separatism: Nigeria||p. 172|
|Regionalism and Separatism: East Africa||p. 173|
|Decolonization in French Colonies||p. 174|
|Problems at Independence||p. 176|
|Popular Expectations||p. 176|
|Lack of Economic Development||p. 177|
|Arbitrary Borders||p. 179|
|Political Instability||p. 181|
|Policy Choices after Independence||p. 183|
|One-Party Systems||p. 183|
|African Socialism||p. 187|
|African Capitalism||p. 197|
|What Went Wrong in Independent Africa?||p. 200|
|One-Party Systems||p. 200|
|Personality Cults||p. 201|
|Coups d'etat and Civil Wars||p. 201|
|Centralized Economies||p. 203|
|International Debt||p. 204|
|The Gains of Independence||p. 206|
|The African Struggle for Democracy and Free Markets||p. 209|
|The Struggle for Democracy||p. 210|
|Kenya: Flirting with Democracy||p. 211|
|Mugabe: "Zimbabwe Belongs to Me"||p. 213|
|Democratic Republic of Congo||p. 214|
|Cameroon: Paul Biya's Democracy||p. 215|
|Economic Reforms||p. 219|
|Africa in World Affairs||p. 233|
|The Cold War||p. 236|
|The Non-Aligned Movement||p. 238|
|The Organization of African Unity||p. 241|
|The African Union||p. 248|
|Objectives of the African Union||p. 249|
|Organs of the African Union||p. 250|
|Financial Institutions of the AU||p. 251|
|The United States and Africa||p. 252|
|The Soviet Union and Africa||p. 255|
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