ISBN13:978-0521596909 ISBN10: 0521596904 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0521593090 ISBN10: 0521593093
Summary: This major new revised edition of African Civilizations reexamines the physical evidence for developing social complexity in tropical Africa over the past four thousand years and considers possible explanations of the developments that gave rise to it. Graham Connah focuses on urbanism and state formation in seven main areas of Africa: Nubia, Ethiopia, the West African savanna, the West African forest, the East African coast and islands, the Zimbabwe Plateau, and par
ts of Central Africa. Extensively illustrated and offering an extended bibliography, this book provides essential reading on the topic.
Summary: This major new revised edition of African Civilizations reexamines the physical evidence for developing social complexity in tropical Africa over the past four thousand years and considers possible explanations of the developments that gave rise to it. Graham Connah focuses on urbanism and state formation in seven main areas of Africa: Nubia, Ethiopia, the West African savanna, the West African forest, the East African coast and islands, the Zimbabwe Plateau, and parts of Central Africa. Extensively illustrated and offering an extended bibliography, this book provides essential reading on the topic. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:2ND 01 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Cambridge University Press Year Published: 2001 International: No
"The text is intelligible to laymen, the illustrations excellent, and the case studies intriguing."
"Graham Connah states in the introduction of this work that his purpose is to overcome the widespread stereotype that Africa represents a continent 'of scattered groups of people living in small villages of grass or mud "huts,"' but 'is about the material evidence of cities and states,' that is 'civilization.' The author succeeds admirably in this goal. The organization of the study is unique. The writing is integrated, lucid and eminently readable."
--The International Journal of African Historical Studies
Cambridge University Press Web Site, May, 2001
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1. The context 2. Birth on the Nile: the Nubian achievement 3. The benefits of isolation: the Ethiopian Highlands 4. An optimal zone: the West African savanna 5. Brilliance beneath the trees: the West African forest and its fringes 6. The edge or the centre: cities of the East African coast and islands 7. A question of context: Great Zimbabwe and related sites 8. In the heart of Africa: the Upemba Depression and the Interlacustrine Region 9. What are the common denominators?
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