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In a vast and all-embracing study of Africa, from the origins of mankind to the AIDS epidemic, John Iliffe refocuses its history on the peopling of an environmentally hostile continent. Africans have been pioneers struggling against disease and nature, and their social, economic and political institutions have been designed to ensure their survival. In the context of medical progress and other twentieth-century innovations, however, the same institutions have bred the most rapid population growth the world has ever seen. Africans: The History of a Continent is thus a single story binding living Africans to their earliest human ancestors.
John Iliffe was Professor of African History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St. John's College
Table of Contents
|List of maps||p. xi|
|Preface to the second edition||p. xiii|
|The frontiersmen of mankind||p. 1|
|The emergence of food-producing communities||p. 6|
|The impact of metals||p. 17|
|Christianity and Islam||p. 37|
|Colonising society in western Africa||p. 63|
|Colonising society in eastern and southern Africa||p. 100|
|The Atlantic slave trade||p. 131|
|Regional diversity in the nineteenth century||p. 164|
|Colonial invasion||p. 193|
|Colonial change, 1918-1950||p. 219|
|Independent Africa, 1950-1980||p. 251|
|Industrialisation and race in South Africa, 1886-1994||p. 273|
|In the time of AIDS||p. 288|
|Further reading||p. 329|
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