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The Civilizations of Africa: A History to 1800

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Since its initial publication, The Civilizationsof Africa has established itself as the most authoritative text available on early African history. Addressing the glaring lack of works concentrating on earlier African eras, Christopher Ehret’s trailblazing book has been paired with histories of Africa since 1800 to build a full and well-rounded understanding of the roles of Africa’s peoples in human history. Examining inventions and civilizations from 22,000 BCE to 1800 CE, Ehret explores the wide range of social and cultural as well as technological and economic change in Africa, relating all these facets of African history to developments in the rest of the world.

This updated edition incorporates new research, as well as an extensive new selection of color images.

ISBN-13: 9780813928807

Media Type: Paperback(second edition)

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

Publication Date: 08-05-2016

Pages: 488

Product Dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Age Range: 18 Years

Christopher Ehret is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of An African Classical Age: Eastern and Southern Africa in World History, 1000 B.C. to A.D. 400 (Virginia).

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Patrick ManningNortheastern University

An authoritative and strikingly original overview of African history up to 1800, written at a level that will be accessible to entering college students.

Table of Contents

Introducing Africa and Its History Africa in a Global Frame Getting the Terms of Our Discourse Straight Themes in History: What to Look For in Our Reading Africa and Human Origins

Africa before the Agricultural Age, 16,000–9000 BCE Africa and the World: From Gathering to Farming Geography and Climate in African History Afrasan Civilization Nilo-Saharan Peoples and the Middle Nile Archeological Tradition Niger-Congo Civilization Khoisan Civilization Summing Up the Period 16,000–9000 bce in Africa

Culture and Technology in Africa, 9000–3500 BCE The Environments of Agricultural Invention Inventing Agriculture: The Eastern Sahara, 9000–5500 BCE The Aquatic Tradition of the Sudan, 9000–5500 BCE Sudanic Civilization: The Intertwining of the Sudanic Agripastoral and the Aquatic Traditions Inventing Agriculture: The Horn of Africa and the Northern Sahara, 9000–5500 BCE Agricultural Invention: West African Planting Agriculture, 9000–5500 BCE Livelihood and Culture History in Africa, 5500–3500 BCE Themes in the History of Culture, 9000–3500 BCE Persistent Gatherer-Hunters: The Southern Third of Africa Africa 9000–3500 bce in the Context of World History

Diverging Paths of History: Africa, 3500–1000 BCE Africa in Comparative Historical Perspective The Spread of Agriculture into Central Africa Cultivation and Herding Come to Eastern Africa The Middle Frontier: Early Agriculture in the Upper Nile Region Sahara, Sudan, and the Horn of Africa, 3500–1000 BCE New Ways of Life in Northeastern Africa Crops and Metals in West Africa Lands of States and Towns: Nubia and Egypt Africa, 3500–1000 BCE: What Have We Learned?

An Age of Commerce, an Age of Iron: Africa, 1000 BCE to 300 CE Africa in World History, 1000 bce to 300 CE Eastern Africa in Its Classical Age Western Equatorial Africa: Social and Economic Repercussions of Agricultural Expansion Commerce, Merchants, and States: Northeastern Africa North Africa in the Carthaginian and Roman Eras An African Development of Commerce: West Africa, 1000 BCE to 300 BCE

Southern, Central, and Eastern Africa: The Middle Centuries, 300–1450 Africa and the World: Issues and Themes of the Age Subsistence and Society in Southern Africa, 300–1450 Growth of Political Scale: The Southern Woodland Savannas and Equatorial Rainforest, 600–1450 Eastern Africa, 300–1450 Southern, Central, and Eastern Africa: Taking the Long View

Northeastern, West, and North Africa: The Middle Centuries, 300–1450 Themes of Change Northeastern Africa, 300–1450 West Africa, 300–1450 North Africa and the Sahara, 300–1450: Competing Legitimacies, Competing Hegemonies Agriculture, Technology, and Culture: A Continental Overview, 300–1450

The Early Atlantic Age, 1450–1640 Africa and the World Enter a New Historical Era Western Africa, 1450–1640 Atlantic Commerce and the Coastal Hinterlands of Africa Commerce, Religion, and Political Struggle in Northeastern Africa Northern Africa and the Sahara History in the Eastern and Central Sudan, 1450–1640 History in the African Interior, 1450–1640

Africa in the Era of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1640–1800 The Middle Era of the Atlantic Age: Themes and Issues West Africa in the Era of the Slave Trade Central Africa: The Expanding Impact of Atlantic Commerce Southern Africa: New Pastoral and Trading Frontiers Eastern Africa: States and Stateless Societies Northeastern Africa: An Age of Political and Cultural Realignment North Africa: The Decline of Ottoman Rule The Close of the Eighteenth Century: A New Era Begins