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Key events in African history : a reference guide

Author: Toyin Falola
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Provides information on thirty-six key events from the prehistoric past to the dawn of the twenty-first century which have shaped the history of Africa.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Toyin Falola
ISBN: 9780313313233 0313313237 9780313361227 0313361223
OCLC Number: 48707037
Notes: "An Oryx book."
Description: xxiii, 347 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Timeline of historical events --
The prehistoric past: the evolution of homo sapiens sapiens, 40,000 B.C. --
The agricultural revolution, 5000 B.C.+ --
The civilization of ancient Egypt, 3100 B.C.+ --
The iron age and the spread of Bantu speakers, 730 B.C.+ --
The rise of Kush and Aksum, 730 B.C.+ --
The Greeks and Romans in North Africa, 332 B.C.+ --
Ethiopia: the emergence of a Christian kingdom, A.D. 1250+ --
The spread of Islam, A.D. 622 onward --
Kingdoms of West Africa: Ghana, Mali, and Songhay, A.D. 1000-1600 --
The rise of the Swahili city-states of East Africa, tenth-fourteenth century A.D. --
The Atlantic slave trade, 1440-1870 --
The organization of societies, fifteenth century A.D. onward --
The outbreak of Islamic jihad, 1804 --
Wars and revolution among the Yoruba, 1817-93 --
The spread of Christianity, 1804 onward --
The rise of Muhammad Ali of Egypt, 1811-47 --
The Mfecane: Shaka and the Zulu kingdom, 1816-40 --
European conquest and African response, 1885-1900 --
The colonial experience, 1900-1939 --
The entrenchment of Apartheid in South Africa, 1948 --
Africa drawn into the Second World War, 1940-45 --
The end of European rule, 1951-90 --
Violence to gain national liberation, 1952-62 --
Confrontation with the gains and pains of independence, 1958-70 --
The formation of the organization of African unity, 1963 --
Coups, counter coups, and military regimes, 1963 onward --
Ujamaa and policy choices, 1967 onward --
The creation of the economic community of West African states, 1975 --
Portuguese colonies attain freedom, 1975 --
Cultural revival and cultural inventory: the second world Black festival of arts and culture, 1977 --
The women's decade, 1975-85 --
A continent in deep crisis, 1980 onward --
Environmental challenges, 1980s onward --
African refugees, 1980 onward --
Africa in world politics in transition, 1980s onward --
The fall of Apartheid and the advent of Nelson Mandela's government, 1994-99.
Responsibility: Toyin Falola.


This reference guide to African history provides substantive entries on 36 watershed events that shaped the history of the continent from the prehistoric past to the dawn of the 21st century.  Read more...
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