Medieval Africa, 1250-1800


Medieval Africa, 1250-1800

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 320 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521793728
  • DDC分類 960.2


This book takes African history from about 1250 AD, when African societies were expanding their political and economic scope, and when Islamic influences were already reaching across the Sahara and down the Indian Ocean coastline.

Full Description

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.

Table of Contents

        List of maps                               vi
Preface vii
Introduction: the medieval scene 1 (13)
Egypt: al-Misr 14 (18)
Ifriqiya and the Regencies 32 (17)
The Islamic Far West: Morocco 49 (13)
The western Sudan and upper Guinea 62 (17)
The central Sudan and lower Guinea 79 (18)
Nubia, Darfur and Wadai 97 (17)
The north-eastern triangle 114(21)
The upper Nile basin and the East African 135(16)
The heart of Africa 151(15)
The land of the blacksmith kings 166(14)
From the Lualaba to the Zambezi 180(14)
The approaches to Zimbabwe 194(18)
The peoples of the South 212(16)
Epilogue 228(5)
Further reading 233(5)
Index 238