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The Penguin Atlas of African History

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This invaluable reference work provides an account of the development of African society from 175 million years ago, through the first appearance of humans to the complex polity of the twentieth century. Colin McEvedy tracks the development of modern man, the differentiation and spread of languages, the first crossings of the Sahara, the exploration of the Niger, and the search for the 'fountains of the Nile'. Gold and ivory lure traders from far away; Christendom and Islam compete for African attention. Names from the distant past become nation-states with aspirations appropriate to the modern world. With sixty maps and a clear, concise text, this synthesis is especially useful to African studies and history teachers, but is also a fascinating guide for the general reader.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 153 x 209 x 8mm | 252g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 1995th Revised ed.
  • 60 maps
  • 0140513213
  • 9780140513219
  • 353,118

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Now newly revised, this invaluable reference work provides a succinct account of the development of African society from the first appearance of man to the complex polity of today. Kingdoms and Empires are only part of the story. The atlas covers the development of modern man, the differentiation and spread of African languages, the first crossings of the Sahara, the exploration of the Niger, and the search for 'the fountains of the Nile'. Gold and ivory lure traders from far away; Christendom and Islam compete for African attention. Names from the distant past become nation-states with aspirations appropriate to the modern world. Using the formula successfully established in his previous historical atlases, Colin McEvedy outlines this progress with the aid of sixty maps and a clear, concise text. Though his synthesis will be especially useful to those involved in the teaching of African history, its broad perspectives will undoubtedly appeal also to the general reader.
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Table of contents

Introduction
175 Million Years Ago
50 Million Years Ago
3 Million Years Ago
2 Million Years Ago
0.5 Million Years Ago
40,000 BC
8000 BC
2750 BC
1250 BC
660 BC
500 BC
202 BC
AD 1
AD 200
AD 200: Population
AD 200: The Classical Geographer's View of Africa
AD 500
AD 650
AD 750
AD 900
AD 975
AD 1055
AD 1100
AD 1200
AD 1300
AD 1350
AD 1350: The Medieval Geographer's View of Africa
AD 1325-53: The Travels of Ibn Battuta
AD 1400
AD 1460
AD 1475
AD 1482-8: The Portuguese Voyages
AD 1497-8: Vasco da Gama's Voyage to India
AD 1540
AD 1575
AD 1600
AD 1600: Population and Trade Routes
AD 1660
AD 1700
AD 1750
AD 1800
AD 1800: Population
AD 1800: The European Geographer's View of Africa
AD 1830
AD 1840
AD 1856
AD 1856: The European View of Africa
AD 1860-73: European Exploration of the East African Lakes
AD 1878
AD 1885
AD 1890
AD 1900
AD 1914
AD 1925
AD 1950
AD 1960
AD 1970
AD 1980
AD 1994
Population in AD 1994
Index
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About Colin McEvedy

Colin McEvedy is the author of The Penguin Atlas of Ancient History; The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History; The Penguin Atlas of Recent History (Europe Since 1815) and The Penguin Atlas of North American History. He lives in London, W6.
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