The Oxford Handbook of Modern African History by John ParkerThe Oxford Handbook of Modern African History by John Parker

The Oxford Handbook of Modern African History

EditorJohn Parker, Richard Reid

Paperback | November 5, 2016

Pricing and Purchase Info

$51.79 online 
$63.00 list price save 17%
Earn 259 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


The Oxford Handbook of Modern African History represents an invaluable tool for historians and others in the field of African studies. This collection of essays, produced by some of the finest scholars currently working in the field, provides the latest insights into, and interpretations of,the history of Africa - a continent with a rich and complex past. An understanding of this past is essential to gain perspective on Africa's current challenges, and this accessible and comprehensive volume will allow readers to explore various aspects - political, economic, social, and cultural - ofthe continent's history over the last two hundred years.Since African history first emerged as a serious academic endeavour in the 1950s and 1960s, it has undergone numerous shifts in terms of emphasis and approach, changes brought about by political and economic exigencies and by ideological debates. This multi-faceted Handbook is essential reading foranyone with an interest in those debates, and in Africa and its peoples. While the focus is determinedly historical, anthropology, geography, literary criticism, political science and sociology are all employed in this ground-breaking study of Africa's past.
John Parker teaches African history at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is the author of Making the Town: Ga State and Society in Early Colonial Accra (2000);Tongnaab: The History of a West African God (2005; with Jean Allman); and African History: A Very Short Introduction (2007; with Richard Rat...
Title:The Oxford Handbook of Modern African HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:560 pagesPublished:November 5, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198779402

ISBN - 13:9780198779407

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents

Richard Reid and John Parker: Introduction - African Histories: Past, Present, and FuturePART ONE: KEY THEMES IN AFRICAN HISTORY1. James McCann: Ecology and Environment2. Shane Doyle: Demography and Disease3. Pier M. Larson: African Slave Trades in Global Perspective4. Walter Hawthorne: States and Statelessness5. Richard Waller: Ethnicity and Identity6. Richard Reid: Warfare and the Military7. John Parker: The African DiasporaPART TWO: THE COLONIAL ENCOUNTER8. Heather J. Sharkey: African Colonial States9. Richard Roberts: Law, Crime, and Punishment in Colonial Africa10. Emily Lynn Osborn: Work and Migration11. Justin Willis: Chieftaincy12. Jean Allman: Between the Present and History: African Nationalism and DecolonizationPART THREE: RELIGION AND BELIEF13. Marie Miran-Guyon and Jean-Louis Triaud: Islam14. David Maxwell: Christianity15. Robert M. Baum: Indigenous African Religions16. Sean Hanretta: New Religious MovementsPART FOUR: SOCIETY AND ECONOMY17. Carol Summers: Education and Literacy18. Barbara M. Cooper: Women and Gender19. John Parker: Urbanization and Urban Cultures20. Nancy Rose Hunt: Health and Healing21. Nicolas Argenti and Deborah Durham: Youth22. Morten Jerven: Economic GrowthPART FIVE: ARTS AND THE MEDIA23. Sidney Littlefield Kasfir: Visual Cultures24. Veit Erlmann: Music in Modern African History25. Stephanie Newell: African Literary Histories and History in African Literatures26. James R. Brennan: Communications and Media

Editorial Reviews

"set to be a great success." --Miles Larmer, English Historical Review