New PDF release: A History of Modern Africa: 1800 to the Present (Blackwell

By Richard J. Reid

ISBN-10: 0470658983

ISBN-13: 9780470658987

Up to date and revised to stress long term views on present matters dealing with the continent, the hot 2<sup>nd</sup> version of A historical past of contemporary Africa recounts the complete breadth of Africa's political, financial, and social historical past during the last centuries.
* Adopts a long term method of present matters, stressing the significance of nineteenth-century and deeper indigenous dynamics in explaining Africa's later twentieth-century challenges
* locations a better specialize in African employer, in particular throughout the colonial encounter
* contains extra in-depth insurance of non-Anglophone Africa
* deals extended assurance of the post-colonial period to take account of modern advancements, together with the clash in Darfur and the political unrest of 2011 in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya

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But in the Niger delta, or the “Oil Rivers,” there was a number of much smaller states which relied on overseas trade perhaps even more heavily than the big polities further west. States such as Bonny, Calabar, and – later in the nineteenth century – Opobo were compact communities scattered among the innumerable mouths of the Niger, structured around trading “houses” which became the basic units of social and commercial organization. Each had its own informal area of commercial and political influence, which was used to gain access to European merchants; slaves had been important earlier in the century, but palm oil soon took their place, and indeed the delta became synonymous with oil for the European (and especially British) trading companies which did business there.

Between the 1770s and the 1850s, the unified highland Christian empire was an ideal only, as the centralized state disintegrated and several polities jostled for access to land, resources, and commerce; in the meantime, there was pressure from the south, as the Oromo migrated onto the plateau and became a political and military force to be reckoned with, even though many became assimilated into Amhara culture and society. Only in the 1850s, largely through brute force, did Tewodros bring about a kind of unity, and even then he spent most of his reign on campaign; but he laid the foundations for a larger, more stable empire-state which would continue to grow between the 1870s and 1890s under his two immediate successors, Yohannes and Menelik.

Oldfield, J. , Popular Politics and British Anti-Slavery: The Mobilization of Public Opinion Against the Slave Trade, 1783–1807 (Manchester, 1995). Smith, R. , Warfare and Diplomacy in Pre-colonial West Africa (London, 1989). , Kingdoms of the Savannah (Madison WI, 1966). , Asante in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge, 1975). 3 Eastern Intrusions Slaves and Ivory in Eastern Africa While Atlantic Africa was undergoing the kinds of transformation described in the previous chapter, the experience on the other side of the continent was different in a number of respects.

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