Title Africa in Global History with Sources
Author Robert Harms
ISBN 9780393927573
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No of pages 784
Book size 159 x 235 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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A New narrative history by a leading scholar places Africa in a global context

Award-winning historian Robert Harms offers a contemporary history of Africa for undergraduate survey courses—one that reflects the continent’s cultural richness and diversity in a global context. A chronological narrative covers the origins of humankind to the present, focusing on similarities and differences across regions and the continent as a whole. A stunning full-color design engages the reader with primary sources, images, and maps, and instructor resources enhance the teaching experience.





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Chapter 1. Out of Africa • Africa in Global History • The Early Stages of African History • The Expansion of Atlantic Europe into Africa • Impact of Industrial Capitalism on Africa • The Colonial Conquests of Africa • Decolonization in Africa • Post-Colonial Africa • African Environments • Adrienne and Amari Travel to the Northern and Southern Extremities of Africa • The East African Rift System • Adrienne and Amari Cross Africa by Traveling East and West • The Evolution of Humans in Africa • Early Hominins • Humans • Race and Races • Populating Africa • Conclusion • Key Terms and Vocabulary • Study Questions • Perspectives: Primary Sources • The East African Superplume • Discovering Lucy • Turkana Boy • The Great Dispersal

Part 1: Africa in the Old World, Early Times to 1500 CE

Chapter 2. Food Revolutions and Frontier Societies, 8000 BCE–1OOO CE • The Agricultural Revolution • Herding and Farming in the Sahara • The Nile River Valley • The Egyptian State • Building the Pyramids • Interpreting Ancient Egypt • Egypt and Nubia • Kerma and the Kingdom of Kush • Napata and the Nubian Pharaohs • The Rise of Meroe • Other Early Centers of Agriculture and Urbanization • Aksum • The Middle Niger Floodplain • The Spread of Ironworking • The Diffusion of Rain-Fed Agriculture • The Bantu Migrations • Conclusion • Key Terms and Vocabulary • Study Questions • Perspectives: Primary Sources • Hymn to the Nile • Building the Pyramids • The Travels of Harkhuf • Bantu Expansion

Chapter 3. Imperial Power and Religious Revolutions in the Mediterranean World, 800 BCE–1500 CE • North Africa and its Invaders • Carthage in the Maghreb • The Punic Wars • The Roman Province of Africa • Greeks and Romans in Egypt • Christianity in North Africa • Early Christianity in Egypt • Early Christianity in the Maghreb • The Monophysite Schism • Augustine of Hippo • The Rise and Expansion of Islam • Establishing the Islamic Caliphate • Defining Islamic Belief and Practice • Sectarian Divisions Emerge • The Arab Conquest of North Africa • The Rise of Berber Empires • The Fatimids • Egypt after the Fatimids • The Almoravid Empire • The Almohad Empire • Conclusion • Key Terms And Vocabulary • Study Questions • Perspectives: Primary Sources • Antony of the Desert • The City of God • Jihad in Islamic Law • Islam and the Sciences

Chapter 4. Cities of Gold: The West African Sahel and the East African Coast, 800–1600 • The West African Sahel • Reconstructing West African Political History • The Ghana Empire • The Mali Empire • The Songhay Empire • Imperial Legacies • The East African Coast • Swahili Settlements and Trade • The Gold Trade from the Zimbabwe Plateau • Swahili Trading Towns of the Swahili Coast • Conclusion • Key Terms and Vocabulary • Study Questions • Perspectives: Primary Sources •The Ghana Empire in 1068 • The Mali Empire • Timbuktu and the Songhay Empire • Ibn Battuta Sails to Kilwa

Part 2: Africa in the Age of Global War Capitalism, 1400–1800

Early War Capitalism in the Mediterranean World • War Capitalism Goes Global


Chapter 5. Atlantic Africa and the Creation of the Atlantic World, 1400–1700 • The Beginning of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade • The Growth of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade • Justifying the Slave Trade • Trading Regions of Atlantic Africa • Senegambia • Nasir al-Din and the War of the Marabouts • Latsukaabe Faal’s Reforms • The Sierra Leone Coast • Lantçados and Their Descendants • Signares and Other Women Traders • The Gold Coast • Industrial and Agricultural Revolutions on the Gold Coast • The Rise of Denkyira • The Kongo Kingdom • Kongo as a Christian Kingdom • The Slave Trade in Kongo • The Kongolese Civil Wars • Angola • The Portuguese Settler Colony at Luanda • Queen Njinga, the Portuguese, and the Imbangala • The End of the Angolan Wars • Conclusion • Key Terms and Vocabulary • Study Questions • Perspectives: Primary Sources • Pope Nicholas V Authorizes Portuguese Slaving • Can Muslim States Enslave Muslims? • Africans Fight Off Portuguese Slavers • The Kongo King’s Complaint

Chapter 6. Expansionist States and Decentralized Power in Atlantic Africa 1700–1800 • The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in the Eighteenth Century • Enslaved Africans in the New World • Economic Determinants of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade • Expansionist States in the African Hinterlands • The Warlord Kingdom of Segu • The Jihadist Kingdom of Fuuta Jaloo • The Expansionist Asante Empire • From Trading State to Royal Monopoly in the Bight of Benin • The Lunda Empire • Commercial Networks in Politically Decentralized Regions • The Niger Delta • The Middle Congo River • Conclusion • Key Terms and Vocabulary • Study Questions • Perspectives: Primary Sources • Forming a Slave Caravan in Senegambia • The Princely Slave • Capturing Venture Smith • An African Slave Trader’s Diary

Chapter 7. The Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Shores 1500–1800 • War Capitalism in the Indian Ocean World • The Swahili Coast • The Zambezi Valley and the Zimbabwe Plateau • The Dutch at the Cape of Good Hope • The Mascarene Islands: Mauritius and Réunion • War Capitalism in the Mediterranean World • Ottoman Egypt • The Ottoman Regencies in North Africa • Conclusion • Key Terms and Vocabulary • Study Questions • Perspectives: Primary Sources • An American Captured by Algerian Corsairs • The Regency of Tunis in 1788 • The Kilwa Chronicle, 1520 • The Swahili Coast in 1569

Part 3: Africa in the Age of the Great Divergence, 1800–1870

Chapter 8. Economic and Political Upheavals in the Nineteenth Century • Cash Crop Production in Coastal Africa • Peasants and Peanuts in Senegambia • Palm Oil Plantations in Dahomey • The Palm Oil Traders of the Niger Delta • Clove Plantations in Zanzibar • The Search for Ivory in the Inland Regions • The Bobangi in the Congo River Basin • The Chokwe in Angola • The East African Ivory Trade • Ivory and Captives in the Northeastern Savanna • Samori Touré in the Northwestern Savanna • Modernizing Economies in Egypt and Southern Africa • Egypt • Southern Africa • Conclusion • Key Terms and Vocabulary • Study Questions • Perspectives: Primary Sources • A Princess in Zanzibar • Tippu Tip Creates a State • Ivory Traders Travel South from Khartoum • Manifesto for the Great Trek

Chapter 9. Religious Movements and State-Building Strategies in the Nineteenth Century • Christian Influence in West Africa • The British Colony of Sierra Leone • The American Colony of Liberia • Religious and Intellectual Leaders • Islamic Revolutions in the West African Sahel • The Sokoto Caliphate and Usuman dan Fodio • Jihad along the Middle Niger • The Jihad of Umar Tal • Connecting the Jihads • The Yoruba Wars • The Oyo Empire • The Destruction of Oyo • The Mahdist Jihad in Sudan • Muhammad Ahmad, the Mahdi • The Mahdist State • Political and Military Revolutions in Southern Africa • Shaka and the Zulu Kingdom • The Ngoni and the Wars of Displacement • Mzilikazi’s Ndebele Kingdom • Conclusion • Key Terms and Vocabulary • Study Questions • Perspectives: Primary Sources • The Liberia Project • Launching a Jihad • Shaka Goes to War • Fleeing the Ngoni

Part 4: Africa in the Age of the New Imperialism, 1870–1940

Chapter 10. The Colonial Partition of Africa, 1870–1918 • European Expansion into the African Interior • Geographical Societies • Missionaries • The Scramble for Africa • The Berlin Conference of 1884-1885 • Partition on the Ground • The First Wave of African Resistance • Samori Toure in West Africa • Mahdist Resistance in Sudan • Decentralized Resistance in Southeastern Nigeria • Ethiopians Drive Out the Italians • European Expansion in Southern Africa • King Lobengula versus Cecil Rhodes • The Anglo-Boer War • The Changing Map of Africa • Early Colonialism • Building Railroads • Red Rubber in the Congos • The Second Wave of African Resistance • The Hut Tax War in Sierra Leone • The Baule Rebellion in Côte d’Ivoire • The Maji Maji Rebellion in Tanzania • The Herero Genocide in Namibia • The Mad Mullah in Somalia • Conclusion • Key Terms and Vocabulary • Study Questions • Perspectives: Primary Sources • Selling Cloth in the Congo • The Maji Maji Rebellion • Red Rubber • The Herero Massacre as Genocide

Chapter 11. Making Colonial States 1914–1940 • World War I • From Occupied Territories to Colonial States • Principles of Colonial Rule in Africa • Racist Underpinnings of Colonial Rule • Indirect Rule • Agrarian Economies in African Producer Colonies • Cocoa, Coffee, and Peanuts • Cotton Colonialism • Agrarian Economies in White Settler Colonies • Algeria • South Africa • Zimbabwe • Settlers and Plantations in African Producer Colonies • Pockets of White Settler Farming • Company Plantations • Mining Economies and Migratory Labor • The South African Gold Mines • The Copperbelt • The Kilo-Moté Gold Mines • Conclusion • Key Terms and Vocabulary • Study Questions • Perspectives: Primary Sources • The Dual Mandate • The Women’s War • The Gold Coast Farmers’ Hymn • Cotton Protest Songs

Chapter 12. Encounters with Modernity, 1914–1940 • The End of Slavery • Medicine and Public Health • Hospitals and Medical Training Programs • Healing Practices in Rural Areas • Fighting Epidemics • Schools and Schooling • Primary Education • Advanced Schooling • Religious Change • The Spread of Mission Christianity • The Growth of African Independent Churches • Islam and Colonial Rule • Conclusion • Key Terms and Vocabulary • Study Questions • Perspectives: Primary Sources • Kwame Nkrumah at Achimota College • Nokutela Dube: An African Woman Missionary • Congolese Concepts of Witchcraft • Exiling Amadu Bamba

Part 5: Africa in the Age of Global War, 1935–1990

Chapter 13. Late Colonialism: Development and Change, 1935–1965 • World War II • The Italian Campaigns • The Divided French Colonies • Economic and Human Development in Postwar Africa • Postwar Development Policies • Transportation • Education • Health Care • Agriculture and the Second Colonial Occupation • The Terracing Campaigns • Collective Farming in the Belgian Congo • Consequences of Rural Development • Cities and Urban Life • The Growth of Colonial Cities • Cities and Work • Cities and Leisure • Conclusion • Key Terms And Vocabulary • Study Questions • Perspectives: Primary Sources • An African Soldier Speaks • A Worker’s Lament • A Call to Action • The Football Shoe Controversy

Chapter 14. Struggles for Political Independence, 1940–1968 • Postwar Political Reforms • Representative Assemblies in French Colonies • Constitutional Reforms in British” Colonies • The White Settler Problem • The Mau Mau Rebellion in Kenya • The Algerian War of Independence • Movements toward Independence • The First Wave: North Africa • The Second Wave: Tropical Africa • Countercurrents in the Southern Third of Africa • Portuguese Resistance to African Independence • Apartheid in South Africa • Zimbabwe’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence • Conclusion • Key Terms and Vocabulary • Study Questions • Perspectives: Primary Sources • Mau Mau’s Daughter • Future Constitutional Development in the Colonies • Rejecting the French Community • Nelson Mandela’s Speech from the Dock

Chapter 15. Africa in a Bipolar World, 1960–1990 • Cold War Competition in Congo-Kinshasa • The Fate of Democracy • Authoritarianism in Ghana • Political Rivalry in Senegal • Military Coups • Socialism versus Capitalism • Ghana versus Côte d’Ivoire • Socialist Rural Transformations • The Third Wave of Independence • Wars of Liberation in Portuguese Africa • The Coming of Independence in Portuguese Africa • Zimbabwe’s War of Liberation • The Decade of Economic Decline • Conclusion • Key Terms And Vocabulary • Study Questions • Perspectives: Primary Sources • Socialism and Rural Development • Children of the Soil • National Liberation and Culture • Wangari Maathai: Unbowed

Part 6: Africa in The Age of the Great Convergence, 1990–2017

Chapter 16. Africa in a Multipolar World, 1990–2017 • Growth of Democracy in the 1990s • Freedom in Southern Africa • The Second Independence in Tropical Africa • The AIDS Crisis • The Origin and Spread of AIDS • The Fight against AIDS • The African World War • Stage One: Genocide in Rwanda • Stage Two: The First Congo War • Stage Three: The Second Congo War • Economic Growth, 2000-2017 • China in Africa • China in Angola, Zambia and Ethiopia • Assessing China’s Impact • The Arab Spring in North Africa • Authoritarian Regimes and Their Opponents • The Fall of Authoritarian Regimes • The Aftermath of the Arab Spring • Present Meets Past: The Manuscripts of Timbuktu • The Libraries of Timbuktu • Mr. Marlboro Arrives • Saving the Manuscripts • Key Terms and Vocabulary • Study Questions • Perspectives: Primary Sources • Living in South Africa with AIDS • Surviving Genocide in Rwanda • The Birth of a New Tunisia • Maha Hindawy’s Egyptian Revolution

Guide to Further Reading




About the Author:

Robert Harms is Henry J. Heinz Professor of History & African Studies at Yale University. He is the author of several award-winning books, including River of Wealth, River of Sorrow: The Central Zaire Basin in the Era of the Slave and Ivory Trade (1981), Games Against Nature: An Eco-Cultural History of the Nunu of Equatorial Africa (1988/1999), and his much-celebrated book The Diligent: Worlds of the Slave Trade (2001), which is based on the extraordinary journal of French lieutenant Robert Durand, who participated in the slave trade.

Target Audience:

People interested in African History.


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