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Medieval Africa, 1250-1800

by Roland Oliver, Anthony Atmore

Medieval Africa, 1250-1800 Synopsis

This is a radically revised version of The African Middle Ages 1400-1800, and the companion volume to the authors' well-known Africa since 1800. It follows the overall plan of the original, but now begins 150 years earlier, and considers recent literature in African historical studies. The earlier starting date enables a more distinctly African viewpoint. By about 1250 AD African societies were greatly expanding their political and economic scope. Islam was spreading south across the Sahara from Mediterranean Africa, and down the Indian Ocean coast. Medieval Africa continues into the period of European contacts from the 15th century onwards, with some emphasis on the growth of the trans-Saharan, Atlantic and Indian Ocean slave trade. The book stresses both the strengths and weaknesses of African societies as the eighteenth century drew to a close. This volume will be an essential introduction to African history for students, as well as for the general reader. It is illustrated with a wealth of maps.

Medieval Africa, 1250-1800 Press Reviews

'Another authoritative survey ...' History Today '... this is an excellent work of synthesis.' History '... this book gives an excellent survey of a period in African history which is still relatively neglected in comparison with the colonial period. In particular, scholars and students of Africa who wish to explore how Africa's internal dynamics have been shaped by and responded to natural environment and its position in a wider world of socioeconomic and cultural contacts, may find this book extremely useful.' South African Historical Journal 'The volume betrays a high level of scholarship associated with the names of both authors, and it will surely find its readership among students and the general public as an introduction to African history.' Asian and African Studies ...an impressive study-copiously illustrated with detailed maps...a valuable tool for teachers eager and willing to introduce their students to the premodern history of Africa. Africanist scholars will find much that is useful there. This is a book I will make my graduate students working in Africa own. Religious Studies Review Only a handful of other scholars can match the author's master of historiography and source materials available before the mid-1990s. Historian

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521793728
Publication date: 16th August 2001
Author: Roland Oliver, Anthony Atmore
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 260 pages
Categories: African history, Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900,

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