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By Maria Grosz-Ngaté, John H. Hanson, Patrick O'Meara

ISBN-10: 0253012929

ISBN-13: 9780253012920

ISBN-10: 025301302X

ISBN-13: 9780253013026

Since the e-book of the 1st version in 1977, Africa has confirmed itself as a number one source for instructing, company, and scholarship. This fourth variation has been thoroughly revised and makes a speciality of the dynamism and variety of latest Africa. the quantity emphasizes modern culture–civil and social concerns, artwork, faith, and the political scene–and presents an summary of vital issues that undergo on Africa's position on the earth. traditionally grounded, Africa offers a accomplished view of the ways in which African men and women have developed their lives and engaged in collective actions on the neighborhood, nationwide, and worldwide levels.

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First about seven thousand years ago in the savannas of the northern part of the continent, then during the last two or three millennia in the rain forest and the savannas of the south, most African societies gradually coalesced around farming. Agriculture spread gradually across the continent, but it did so decisively, for it gave those who adopted it a great advantage: numbers. With a dependable food supply— far more dependable than their foraging ancestors could manage—farming peoples were able to establish permanent, sometimes very large villages on lands that under foraging or herding could support only diffuse roaming bands.

The northern city-states had the initial advantages because of their closer proximity to Asian trading partners, but Kilwa, on Tanzania’s central coast, emerged as the most powerful city-state of the fourteenth century as a result of its involvement in the gold trade associated with Great Zimbabwe. The Portuguese used their ship-based cannon to seize control of coastal trade, especially the lucrative export of gold in the sixteenth century. With the decline of Portuguese influence, the Swahili city-states fell under the domination of another regional power, Oman, which used divide-and-conquer strategies to win over some city-states, defeat others, and construct a commercial empire based on the island of Zanzibar, which for centuries was a center of clove production.

Many divide the history of the African continent at the Sahara, but the history of population movements and the crossfertilization of ideas belie such facile divisions. The Sahara emerged as the world’s largest desert only several thousand years ago, and thereafter it has been regularly traversed by Africans and others carrying new technologies, ideas, faiths, and trade goods. Just six thousand years ago, the Sahara had a large inland sea, and settlements along its shores included those who fished the waters, hunted the nearby fauna, and experimented with the domestication of animals and plants.

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