Volume V of this acclaimed series is now available in
an abridged paperback edition. The result of years of work by
scholars from all over the world, The UNESCO General History of
Africa reflects how the different peoples of Africa view their
civilizations and shows the historical relationships between the
various parts of the continent. Historical connections with other
continents demonstrate Africa''s contribution to the development of
human civilization. Each volume is lavishly illustrated and
contains a comprehensive bibliography.
This fifth volume of the acclaimed series covers the history of
the continent from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the
close of the eighteenth century in which two themes emerge: first,
the continuing internal evolution of the states and cultures of
Africa during this period; second, the increasing involvement of
Africa in external trade--with major but unforeseen consequences
for the whole world.
In North Africa, we see the Ottomans conquer Egypt. South of the
Sahara, some of the larger, older states collapse, and new power
bases emerge. Traditional religions continue to coexist with both
Christianity (suffering setbacks) and Islam (in the ascendancy).
Along the coast, particularly of West Africa, Europeans establish a
trading network which, with the development of New World plantation
agriculture, becomes the focus of the international slave trade.
The immediate consequences of this trade for Africa are explored,
and it is argued that the long-term global consequences include the
foundation of the present world-economy with all its built-in