North Africa, Revised Edition: A History from Antiquity to the Present

Paperback | January 15, 2015

byPhillip C. Naylor

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North Africa has been a vital crossroads throughout history, serving as a connection between Africa, Asia, and Europe. Paradoxically, however, the region's historical significance has been chronically underestimated. In a book that may lead scholars to reimagine the concept of Western civilization, incorporating the role North African peoples played in shaping "the West," Phillip Naylor describes a locale whose transcultural heritage serves as a crucial hinge, politically, economically, and socially.

Ideal for novices and specialists alike, North Africa begins with an acknowledgment that defining this area has presented challenges throughout history. Naylor's survey encompasses the Paleolithic period and early Egyptian cultures, leading readers through the pharonic dynasties, the conflicts with Rome and Carthage, the rise of Islam, the growth of the Ottoman Empire, European incursions, and the postcolonial prospects for Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Western Sahara.

Emphasizing the importance of encounters and interactions among civilizations, North Africa maps a prominent future for scholarship about this pivotal region.

Now with a new afterword that surveys the "North African Spring" uprisings that roiled the region from 2011 to 2013, this is the most comprehensive history of North Africa to date, with accessible, in-depth chapters covering the pre-Islamic period through colonization and independence.

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North Africa has been a vital crossroads throughout history, serving as a connection between Africa, Asia, and Europe. Paradoxically, however, the region's historical significance has been chronically underestimated. In a book that may lead scholars to reimagine the concept of Western civilization, incorporating the role North African ...

PHILLIP C. NAYLOR is Professor of History at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he directed the Western Civilization program. His previous books include The Historical Dictionary of Algeria and France and Algeria: A History of Decolonization and Transformation. He is coeditor of the Journal of North African Studies.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:412 pages, 9.02 × 6.03 × 0.76 inPublished:January 15, 2015Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292761902

ISBN - 13:9780292761902

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Table of Contents

List of MapsA Note to the ReaderPreface to First EditionPreface to Revised EditionIntroduction1. Ancient North Africa and Its Expansive Civilizations2. Rome and North Africa3. Medieval North Africa: From the Arrival of Islam to the Berber Empires4. The Almoravid and the Almohad Empires and Their Successor States5. Turkish Ascendance and Moroccan Independence6. European Colonialism in North Africa7. The Decolonization of North Africa8. Post-Colonial and Contemporary North Africa: Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia9. Post-Colonial and Contemporary North Africa: Algeria, Morocco, and Western SaharaConclusion. The Peril and Promise of North AfricaAfterword. The North African SpringNotesGlossaryBibliographyIndex

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Naylor elegantly leads the reader through the maze of events that have shaped the history of a vast region at the crossroads of civilizations. . . . North Africa is a valuable introduction for students and the general public of an understudied part of the world.