Manual A history of West Africa, 1000-1800

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He makes no bones about this, nor does he make excuses. What's there he discusses. Unfortunately, said complexity makes political and social histories of the region writ large daunting tasks. He does pretty well, though. Giving himself a cutoff date of allows him to forego colonialism and focus on local developments and the entry of the area into world trade and whatnot. This book would serve the layman well, but is probably a little too dense for the Afro-novice. Sam Ratner rated it liked it Aug 13, Cyndy rated it liked it Jan 01, Prosper rated it it was amazing Dec 21, Zuli Seleman rated it it was amazing May 26, Donald Edwards rated it really liked it Nov 04, Carina rated it it was amazing Oct 07, Michael rated it liked it Feb 02, Maureengilding rated it it was amazing May 10, Alfred Karnley rated it it was ok Nov 19, Patrick rated it liked it Mar 02, Wanya Florence rated it it was amazing Dec 23, Raphael Agadama rated it really liked it May 29, April Diaz rated it liked it Feb 19, Katie rated it really liked it Jun 19, Khunanup rated it it was amazing Apr 04, Adebayo Oyagbola rated it liked it Dec 20, Jackson Sinkamba rated it it was ok Mar 06, Michael Harry rated it liked it Jan 28, Ali rated it really liked it Jul 14, Mary rated it it was ok Dec 01, Aziz Davlatov rated it liked it Feb 04, Khaoula rated it really liked it Jun 30, Albert Meier rated it really liked it Sep 09, Yasmin marked it as to-read Dec 06, Marissa marked it as to-read Mar 12, Akarana added it Jul 06, Brian added it Apr 19, Jbondandrews marked it as to-read Jun 20, Endora harris marked it as to-read Sep 11, Dono added it Sep 14, Chabani marked it as to-read Sep 20, Jalees Rehman added it Jan 29, Sarah marked it as to-read Mar 24, Ann L.

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About Basil Davidson. Basil Davidson. The Kushites were later expelled from Nubia by the Assyrian forces. The region later became a centre for cotton-cloth and iron manufacture.

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The Kushites were later expelled from Nubia by Assyrian forces. He defeats the Egyptians in battle at Pelsium in the Nile Delta. The first known treaty between Carthage and Rome is written. It outlines the limitations to their commercial activities and influence over neighbouring regions. The treaty is the earliest record indicating that Sardinia and Sicily were under Carthaginian control.

Alexander the Great conquers Egypt. He occupies Egypt and his general, Ptolemy, becomes king and finds a dynasty. During this dynasty, Greek culture was spread throughout Egypt. The Meroitic alphabet replaces Egyptian script in the influential region of Meroe. Made up of 23 characters, the alphabetic script was originally derived from the Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Djenne-Djenno, a town in current day Mali, is established.

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The town is one of the oldest urbanised centres known. It is associated with thriving markets and agriculture, most notably the domestication of African rice.

The town is also known as being one of the earliest sites of iron production in sub-Saharan Africa. Its territory is renamed the Roman Province of Africa. Hannibal led his army from Iberia to Italy via the Alps. By the end of the three wars, Carthage was destroyed and the remaining citizens were sold to slavery, as was the customs of the time. This was the beginning of the Roman hegemony in northern Africa. Christianity begins to take influence in Roman North Africa.

The arrival of Christianity demanded the worship of Christ in a church rather than the use of state resources to commemorate kings by their stelae. Swahili culture begins to take shape because of the interaction between the local Bantu speaking people and the Persian and Arab merchants. The culture eventually began spreading to Tanzania and Kenya and thereafter to Mozambique. Conical tower by Marius Loots Image Source. King Ezana of Aksum is converted to Christianity by two Christian traders.

This begins the establishment of Ethiopian Christianity. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church provided the institutional support for the monarchy. The area of Great Zimbabwe is settled. The Ziwa and Gokomere communities survived by farming and mining the land. The area marks the earliest Iron Age settlements known of in the region. Great Zimbabwe would later become the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe and serve as the first city in Southern Africa.

Ghana, the oldest Sudanic empire, is founded. The empire prospered because of the tax revenues from the trans-Saharan trade, linking Sijilmase and Tiaret to Aoudaghost. The empire controlled access to goldfields, even though it was not involved in production. The empire also controlled access to all the salt and gold that went through its territory.


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The state of Aksum in Eritrea and Ethiopia begins minting its own silver and gold coins as their own Aksumite currency. The region was deeply involved in the trade network between India and the Mediterranean. The region exported ivory, gold and agricultural products. The amaXhosa, the southernmost group of the Bantu speakers, took certain linguistic traits from the Khoisan. Vandals invade North Africa, relieving Rome of her territories in the region.

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Aksum also slipped into a decline because of environmental degradation and changes in the global climate. Settlers from southeast Asia and later, from the east African mainland, settle in Madagascar. Banana and rice cultivation are introduced by the Asian settlers, while cattle and farming techniques are introduced by the Bantu speaking east Africans. Spanish Jews flee persecution under the Visigoths to North Africa, where they made their homes in the Byzantine dominated cities along the Mediterranean coast.

Arab Muslims conquer Byzantine Egypt. Under the rule of the Fatimid Caliphate the country increased their cotton production and thrived economically. Minted gold coins called the Fatimid dinar were used for international trade. Tax collection from farms proved lucrative for the Berber overlords — soldiers who had served in the Fatimid conquest — and to the caliphs of the time. During this time slave infantry was used in the military, made up of people from Sudan and Turkey.

Arab Muslims have by this time conquered the entire North African region and Islam becomes the dominant religion in the region by the 10th century. Kanem is founded. Kanuri-speaking nomads founded the Sudanic Empire of Kanem, which achieved power through trans-Saharan trade.

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Large towns of thousands of people made up early Tswana states north-west of the Vaal River, with settlers leaving to start their own states over time. Indian and Arab trade settlement begins in northern Madagascar to take advantage of the Indian Ocean trade. Islam was introduced by the traders. Berber soldiers revolt after tax revenue from farms is diminished.

Their violent resistance destabilised the power of the Fatimid caliphs and slowed trade in the region. The first state in Southern Africa, the Kingdom of Mapungubwe , arises. The Kingdom attained its wealth from ivory, copper and gold trade with Swahili merchants. Though Mapungubwe was abandoned by the middle of the following century, it formed part of a development that would eventually lead to the creation of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe in the 13th century.

This kingdom, along with a few others, was predecessors to the powerful Empire of Ashanti which rose in the 18th century.

This Islamic dynasty ran for years eventually losing the throne in Abd al-Mu'min forms the Almohad Empire after declaring jihad on the Almoravids and uniting the northern Berbers against them. Maghreb sees the establishment of mathematics and literacy, as well as the development of algebra. European crusaders threaten Fatimid in Egypt, leading to the rise of a Kurdish general, who became well-known for the impressive defence he and his army provided for Muslims.

Saladin becomes ruler of Egypt and the Ayyubid Dynasty begins. Sunni Islam is reinstated in the region and people from Turkey and southern Russia are increasingly brought in as Mamluk slaves to fulfil the military infantry needs.

Cairo becomes an important centre of Islamic learning. Islam slowly became introduced to the region by Sufist Fakirs. The kingdom of Zimbabwe is established. Great Zimbabwe seizes control of the Indian Ocean trade and the wealth it produced from its gold supply. The Empire of Ghana comes to an end when its capital is seized by Takrur, in northern Senegal. The empire of Mali is established. The Great Mosque is considered one of the most important centres of learning in medieval Africa.

Mamluk slaves in Egypt have landed aristocracy with significant power. They succeed in establishing their own, Mamluk dynasty after overthrowing the Ayyubid Dynasty. Their military dictatorship controlled Egypt for years. Egypt had come to be known as a protector of Islam and of Mecca and Medina. Sakura, a freed slave, usurps the throne to the Mali Empire.

Sakura becomes the sixth Mansa of Mali. New conquests such as Gao were made under his rule.

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Through him, the dynasty of Kongolo, which was later ousted by Kalala Ilunga, was founded. The Buganda Kingdom was founded by the Baganda or Ganda people whose ancestors may have migrated northwest of Lake Victoria years prior. Musa rectified the damage caused by borrowing excessive amounts of gold from money-lenders at high interest, marking the only occasion during which a single individual controlled the gold prices in the Mediterranean.

Mansa Musa ruler of the empire of Mali cements the University of Sankore as an institution of learning.