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Africans: The History of a Continent



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Cambridge University Press
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This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 8/13/2007.
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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.

Author Biography

John Iliffe was Professor of African History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St. John's College

Table of Contents

List of mapsp. xi
Preface to the second editionp. xiii
The frontiersmen of mankindp. 1
The emergence of food-producing communitiesp. 6
The impact of metalsp. 17
Christianity and Islamp. 37
Colonising society in western Africap. 63
Colonising society in eastern and southern Africap. 100
The Atlantic slave tradep. 131
Regional diversity in the nineteenth centuryp. 164
Colonial invasionp. 193
Colonial change, 1918-1950p. 219
Independent Africa, 1950-1980p. 251
Industrialisation and race in South Africa, 1886-1994p. 273
In the time of AIDSp. 288
Notesp. 317
Further readingp. 329
Indexp. 345
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