First published in 1991, this is a work of reflection on the substance of African history, the distillation of a lifetime¿s research and teaching. Roland Oliver traces, in twenty chapters, the history of Africa from the earliest evolution of man or `pre-man¿ up to the present day, concentrating on the great themes of African history. So for example ¿The Bricks of Babel¿ describes the evolution of African languages; `Peoples of the Book¿, the arrival of Judaism, Christianity and Islam; `Masters and Slaves¿, slavery and the slave trade in Africa; `Strangers at the Gates¿, the 19th-century impact
of Europeans; `the Slippery Slope¿, African governments in their first decades of independence.
For this new edition Professor Oliver has made a number of revisions, including a new chapter summarising the triumphs and disasters of the 1990s.
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A brilliant survey of African history, now revised to include the events of the 1990s.About the Author:
Roland Oliver was born in Kashmir in 1923. In 1948 he took up the post of Lecturer in the Tribal History of East Africa at SOAS, University of London, and was subsequently appointed the first ever Professor of African History in the University of London. From his base at SOAS, Professor Oliver pioneered the new discipline of African History. He was the founder-editor in 1960 of the Journal of African History and general editor of the eight-volume Cambridge History of Africa. His book (with John Fage), A Short History of Africa has been translated into fourteen languages.
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