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Madagascar : a short history

Author: Solofo Randrianja; Stephen Ellis
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: Two thousand years ago, the island of Madagascar was likely uninhabited. Its unique flora and fauna had gone totally undisturbed by human contact until the first navigators landed on its shores. No one knows where those first inhabitants hailed from, but over the centuries Madagascar developed its own distinctive language and cultural systems. The only recent history of its kind in English,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Solofo Randrianja; Stephen Ellis
ISBN: 9780226704203 0226704203 9780226704180 0226704181
OCLC Number: 243845225
Description: viii, 316 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color), maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements --
Introduction --
1: Settlement (400-1099) --
2: Transforming the island (1100-1599) --
3: Royalty and the rise of kingdoms (1600-1699) --
4: Slave-trader kings (1700-1816) --
5: Kingdom of Madagascar (1817-1895) --
6: French period (1896-1972) --
7: Island in the world (1973-2002) --
Conclusion --
Notes --
Appendix 1: Acronyms --
Appendix 2: Glossary --
Appendix 3: Biographies --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Solofo Randrianja and Stephen Ellis.
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From the Publisher: Two thousand years ago, the island of Madagascar was likely uninhabited. Its unique flora and fauna had gone totally undisturbed by human contact until the first navigators landed on its shores. No one knows where those first inhabitants hailed from, but over the centuries Madagascar developed its own distinctive language and cultural systems. The only recent history of its kind in English, Madagascar, traces two millennia of human activity in one of the world's most fascinating, yet least-known, societies. In graceful prose, Solofo Randrianja and Stephen Ellis, both leading historians of Madagascar, elucidate the three main phases of its history: the earliest settlements, the age of kingdoms, and the island's entry into intercontinental systems of commerce and exchange, including over sixty years under French rule. Through the course of this colorful and turbulent history, Randrianja and Ellis explore the tensions between the development of a unique culture and the absorption of immigrants, the development of strong social hierarchies, and the long-lasting effects of slavery and the slave trade.

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"This is an excellent general history of Madagascar. It is an enjoyable, erudite, and excellent study of the world's most fascinating and enigmatic island."--Luke Freeman, London School of Economics Read more...

 
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