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North Africa : a history from antiquity to the present

Author: Phillip Chiviges Naylor
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : Revised editionView all editions and formats
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North Africa has been a vital crossroads throughout history, serving as a connection between Africa, Asia, and Europe. Paradoxically, however, the region's historical significance has been chronically underestimated. In a book that may lead scholars to reimagine the concept of Western civilization, incorporating the role North African peoples played in shaping "the West," Phillip Naylor describes a locale whose
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Phillip Chiviges Naylor
ISBN: 9780292761902 0292761902
OCLC Number: 876882991
Description: xvi, 391 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Contents: List of Maps --
A Note to the Reader --
Preface --
Introduction --
1. Ancient North Africa and Its Expansive Civilizations --
2. Rome and North Africa --
3. Medieval North Africa From the Arrival of Islam to the Berber Empires --
4. The Almoravid and the Almohad Empires and Their Successor States --
5. Turkish Ascendance and Moroccan Independence --
6. European Colonialism in North Africa --
7. The Decolonization of North Africa --
8. Post-Colonial and Contemporary North Africa Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia --
9. Post-Colonial and Contemporary North Africa Algeria, Morocco, and Western Sahara --
Conclusion The Peril and Promise of North Africa --
Notes --
Glossary --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Phillip C. Naylor.

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North Africa has been a vital crossroads throughout history, serving as a connection between Africa, Asia, and Europe. Paradoxically, however, the region's historical significance has been chronically underestimated. In a book that may lead scholars to reimagine the concept of Western civilization, incorporating the role North African peoples played in shaping "the West," Phillip Naylor describes a locale whose transcultural heritage serves as a crucial hinge, politically, economically, and socially.

Ideal for novices and specialists alike, North Africa begins with an acknowledgment that defining this area has presented challenges throughout history. Naylor's survey encompasses the Paleolithic period and early Egyptian cultures, leading readers through the pharaonic dynasties, the conflicts with Rome and Carthage, the rise of Islam, the growth of the Ottoman Empire, European incursions, and the post-colonial prospects for Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Western Sahara.

Emphasizing the importance of encounters and interactions among civilizations, North Africa maps a prominent future for scholarship about this pivotal region.

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