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Africa  

Elizabeth Schmidt

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Jan 2013
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Jan 2013
This chapter examines the impact of the Cold War on Africa. It explains that while Africa is the least-known Cold War battleground, the United States, the Soviet Union, China, and Cuba ... More

Africa  

David B. Mattingly and Kevin MacDonald

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Feb 2013
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Apr 2013
This article examines early urban societies in Africa. It emphasizes three key issues: the strikingly wide geographical range and structural variety of urban forms; the apparent dichotomy ... More

Africa and The Global Lives of Things  

Jeremy Prestholdt

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2012
Inquiries into commodification, social distinction, and fashion have offered fresh perspectives on social relations and cultural formations in Africa. Imported consumer goods were both ... More

Africa in the Atlantic World, C.1760 – C. 1840  

Robin Law

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
The transatlantic slave trade peaked in the third quarter of the eighteenth century, when more than 80,000 slaves annually were being shipped from Africa for the Americas. This ... More

Africa in World History: The Long, Long View  

Christopher Ehret

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article describes the origins of Africa; the ‘First Great Transition’ of human history from foraging to food production; the era of agricultural elaboration; the ‘Second Great ... More

Africa: 1000–2010  

Bill Freund

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Feb 2013
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Apr 2013
Africa is the continent least associated with cities and it is the least urbanized today. The maps of early modern Europe reflect this bias, with elephants and other beasts featured in ... More

African Colonial States  

Heather J. Sharkey

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Oct 2013
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Dec 2013
This chapter sketches a history of European colonial states in Africa, north and south of the Sahara, during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It explains when and why colonial ... More

The African Diaspora  

John Parker

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Oct 2013
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Dec 2013
In recent decades, research on the African diaspora has increasingly expanded from its established focus on the northern Atlantic to Latin America, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean ... More

African Literary Histories and History in African Literatures  

Stephanie Newell

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Oct 2013
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Dec 2013
This chapter offers a series of approaches to, and questions about, the different types of historical engagement to be found in African literatures. History, in African literatures, is not ... More

African Slave Trades in Global Perspective  

Pier Larson

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Oct 2013
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Dec 2013
Slave trading is a salient theme in African history and in the continent’s global connections between the eleventh and nineteenth centuries. This chapter focuses on the economic dimensions ... More

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