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A History of Sub-Saharan Africa Paperback – February 19, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0521687089 ISBN-10: 052168708X

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  • Paperback: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052168708X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521687089
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The clear writing and strong narrative drive in this text will be attractive to instructors looking for a one volume history of Africa that students will read. Supplemented with other texts, it will work well in the classroom as it gives a solid academic presentation of key issues and themes in African history, such as the slave trade and slavery over the long term. This history will also appeal to a more general audience, as it offers them a lively discussion of African geography and environment, a history that includes named individuals and politics, and a clear narrative. Substantive issues are treated in a clear way that will engage students and a wider audience." - James Searing, University of Illinois, Chicago

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An accessible introduction to sub-Saharan history for students and general readers. The authors describe the rise of empires in the classical period, the slave trade, and the European conquest. The concluding section focuses on twentieth century Africa as it gains independence and searches for a new identity beyond colonialism.

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ROBERT O. COLLINS & JAMES M. BURNS.
A HISTORY OF SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA.
NY: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

This is a fine recent history of Africa covering from about 3000 BCE to the present. This book is accurate, avoiding the few typos and other errors of Collins' earlier Africa, A Short History, although the latter is still useful because it is the only short one on this list. This new Collins is in general up-to-date, except the last chapter, which didn't change quite enough of the material since its first appearance in the 2007 first edition. But current affairs you can get from other sources. It is distinguished by its flowing readability, the sort of history you can take to your hammock and enjoy an afternoon of learning more about this continent. It does not have as many images, maps, section titles, and study questions as Kevin Shillington's History of Africa, still the very best textbook for courses in African History. Collins follows a long tradition of excellent single volume histories of the continent in English, an early one being the pioneering A Short History of Africa by Roland Oliver and J.D. Fage (which I devoured on the ship bringing me to Congo in 1964). Robert W. July's A History of the African People was the best textbook for my American students of the 70s. Four authors among the leading minds in the field, Philip Curtin, Steven Feierman, Leonard Thompson, and Jan Vansina, produced the groundbreaking African History in 1978. And now we have this most readable and most recent history of Sub-Saharan Africa, a book you will want to buy to fill the gap in your knowledge of the continent.
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By Barbara on January 7, 2014
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I was happy to receive this package for class. It had some wear and tear on the cover, but for the price, I could not complain. I guess you can say it's had some good use!
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By Amirriah Shipp on September 2, 2014
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By Adam Keeton on December 28, 2014
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Great product! Will buy again!
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