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EAST AFRICA: AN INTRODUCTORY HISTORY 3rd Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1933202464
ISBN-10: 1933202467
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In this third edition of East Africa: An Introductory History, Robert M. Maxon revisits the diverse eastern region of Africa, including the modern nations of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. With revised sections and a new preface, this comprehensive text surveys East Africa’s political, economic, and social history from pre-colonial to modern times. Maxon reveals the physical movement and societal development of and between ethnic groups before the 1890s; the capitalistic impact of European colonialism in the early nineteenth century; and the achievement and aftermath of independence in East Africa during the later part of this century.

 East Africa: An Introductory History, 3rd and Revised Edition offers the student and scholar:

• the only revision of this title in over a decade
• a complete index and glossary of African terms that promote an effortless navigation of the complex history of this region
• over twenty maps and diagrams that provide visual depictions of the development of eastern Africa
• detailed geographical and topographical analyses that supplement the historical scope and investigation of this region
 
East Africa: An Introductory History documents the transformation of East Africa from the Stone Age to the first decade of the twenty-first century. The book is ideal for any reader interested in unraveling the intricate history of this East Africa, and especially for students coming to the study of this region for the first time.

About the Author

Robert M. Maxon is Professor of History at West Virginia University. He served as an Education Officer in Kenya from 1961-64 and has served as a visiting professor of history at Moi University in Kenya on four separate occasions. Maxon has carried out research in East Africa on numerous visits since 1968.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: West Virginia University Press; 3rd Edition edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933202467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933202464
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Robison on June 3, 2011
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I actually took this professor for a history of East Africa class: the book was required for the course. The book has received some negative reviews because it has not been recently updated: this is true. However, what the book does well is that it summarizes African history throughout both the modern and ancient eras. This subject is dry, don't get me wrong, but for an accurate, concise overview of the history of Tanganyika, Uganda, and Kenya, you cannot get a more readable book.
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Unless you are a hard-core scholar, this book gives you the right level of detail of important events. It has very readable prose, and is broken into chunks based on time and roughly by country, so if you are looking only to learn about Tanzania, for example, it is easy to find that information. (The book covers the countries of Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, as well as Zanzibar). It doesn't have much past the 1990s though which is a problem. No mention of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda and all the other countries they have been to; no mention of ethnic cleansing of the North of Uganda and so forth. But for all your basic history purposes from the time of contact with whites through 1990, it is pretty good.
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Despite the Amazon statement that this is the 3rd (2009) edition, the Kindle version is actually the 2nd edition (1994). I have submitted a ticket on this. Otherwise, excellent book.
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It was the best book I could have gotten to learn a little of the history of Kenya and neighboring countries before a trip to East Africa.
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