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Africa : a biography of the continent

Author: John Reader; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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A history of Africa, following the development of the continent from its earliest manifestations to the late twentieth century; identifying the physical processes which have determined the course of progress; and, where relevant, defining the ecological context in which those processes occurred.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Reader; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
ISBN: 0679409793 9780679409793 067973869X 9780679738695
OCLC Number: 37527649
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain by Hamish Hamilton Ltd, London, in 1997"--Page.
Description: xii, 801 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Founding factors: Building a continent --
Transitions --
Missing links --
Origins and climate --
Humanity emerging: Real world --
Footsteps --
Cutting edge --
In the mind's eye --
Cool systems --
Out of Africa --
African options: On home ground --
Word of mouth --
Ancestral economies --
Human potential --
Climate and culture --
Beginnings of agriculture --
Renewable resources --
Pastoral scene --
Impact of iron --
African civilizations: Nile --
Periplus of the Erythraean Sea --
Aksum --
Cities without citadels --
Disease and affliction --
Successful harvests --
Implications of trade --
Outposts and inroads --
Merrie Africa --
Bananas and cattle --
Cattle and gold --
Foreign influences: "I speak of Africa and golden joys" --
Portuguese initiatives --
In search of Prester John --
Harnessed to Europe --
Nothing else to sell --
The Atlantic slave trade --
African slave traders --
Africa transformed --
Aftermath --
Climatic context --
Settlers: Settlers --
Black and white frontiers --
Zulu myths and reality --
Afrikaners --
Diamonds and gold --
Scramble: Imperial ambition --
African king --
Drawing the line --
Resistance --
Rebellion --
Invention of Africa --
First dance of freedom: Emergent elite --
Spoils of war --
First dance of freedom --
Dreams and nightmares.
Responsibility: John Reader.
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A history of Africa, following the development of the continent from its earliest manifestations to the late twentieth century; identifying the physical processes which have determined the course of progress; and, where relevant, defining the ecological context in which those processes occurred.

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