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Palgrave Macmillan

History of Africa

Edition 3rd edition
ISBN 9780230308473
Publication Date May 2012
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

In a single volume, History of Africa offers readers a richly illustrated narrative introduction to the history of the entire continent, from earliest times through to the present day. Building on the book's established reputation and success, this third edition has been revised and updated throughout in the light of new research and recent events. A companion website now also supports the text.

Kevin Shillington traces the history of the continent through the ancient world to medieval, modern and contemporary Africa. He explores the early emergence of farming; the kingdoms of Ancient Egypt, Aksum and Meroe; medieval empires; the spread and impact of Islam; the role of trade and religion; and the development of Africa's wide range of pastoral, agricultural and hunting societies.

History of Africa, third edition:
• contains nearly 100 specially-drawn maps and almost 200 illustrations, a number of which are new for this edition
• takes a deliberately African viewpoint of the European involvement in Africa
• provides a carefully constructed examination of the colonial period and the problems of post-colonial Africa
• presents expanded coverage of modern Africa with more on issues such as economic concerns, globalization, international organisations, climate change, HIV/AIDS, and the role of China
• opens with a new Introduction which includes a helpful historiographical overview
• features a companion website offering additional historical debate and critical discussion to complement specific parts of the text; key points to remember for each chapter; a variety of essay questions and exercises; and other resources to enhance the learning experience.

Eminently clear and approachable, History of Africa remains the essential text for anyone with an interest in this remarkable continent and its fascinating past.

KEVIN SHILLINGTON is an independent scholar. He trained history teachers at the University of Botswana in the 1980s and his years of teaching experience in Africa have included African History at secondary school and university level. He holds an MA and PhD in African History from the University of London and is the author of many books on African history. He is also editor of the Encyclopaedia of African History (2004).

List of Maps
List of Illustrations
Early Prehistory of Africa
Later Prehistory: Farming and Pastoralism in Tropical Africa and Ancient Egypt
The Impact of Iron in North and West Africa
The Early Iron Age in Central, Eastern and Southern Africa
North and North-Eastern Africa to 1000 CE
Trans-Saharan Trade and the Kingdom of Ancient Ghana
Islam and the Sudanic States of West Africa
Eastern Africa to the Sixteenth Century
Trading Towns of the East African Coast to the Sixteenth Century
Later Iron Age States and Societies of Central and Southern Africa to 1600
North and North-East Africa to the Eighteenth Century
The Atlantic Slave Trade, Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries
West African States and Societies, to the Eighteenth Century
Central and Eastern Africa to the Eighteenth Century
Southern Africa to the Eighteenth Century
West Africa in the Nineteenth Century and the Ending of the Slave Trade
Central and East Africa in the Nineteenth Century
Pre-Industrial Southern Africa in the Nineteenth Century
North and North-East Africa in the Nineteenth Century
Prelude to Empire in Tropical Africa
The European 'Scramble', Colonial Conquest and African Resistance in East, North-Central and West Africa
Industrialisation, Colonial Conquest and African Resistance in South-Central and Southern Africa
Consolidation of Empire: the Early Period of Colonial Rule
Africa Between the Wars: the High Tide of Colonial Rule
The Second World War and Africa
The Winning of Independence (1)
The Winning of Independence (2)
The Winning of Independence (3)
Africa since Independence (1)
Africa since Independence (2)
Contemporary Africa (1)
Contemporary Africa (2)
Suggestions for Further Reading


Praise for the third edition: 'History of Africa provides extraordinary coverage of the basic history of the entire continent of Africa in a way that is accessible for new students.' - Timothy Cleaveland, University of Georgia, USA
'The readability of the book, the valuable maps and illustrations, and the coverage of the precolonial period as well as more modern eras, make this textbook the best on the market.' - David Chappell, University of Hawaii, USA
'This new edition maintains Shillington's position as an expert who is adept at providing readers with an engaging and intricate portrait of Africa's past. . . A master of the material, Shillington presents a volume that flows and informs. History of Africa is a compelling narrative of change over time on the continent. . . There is an effective incorporation of new evidence in this edition that enhances our understanding of African history.' - Elizabeth MacGonagle, University of Kansas, USA
'Shillington's work is an excellent introduction for students who are new to African history.' - Miles Larmer, University of Sheffield, UK
Praise for previous editions:'Shillington's coverage is comprehensive, his presentation clear, and his content well up to date with the latest research. . .'- J.B.Peires, University of Transkei (now Walter Sisulu University), South Africa
'. . . a work with many virtues. . . stylistic lucidity, profusion of clear maps and excellent illustrations.' – International Journal of African Historical Studies
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