By Richard J. Reid
Up-to-date and revised to stress long term views on present matters dealing with the continent, the hot 2d version of A historical past of recent Africa recounts the total breadth of Africa's political, financial, and social background during the last centuries.Adopts a long term method of present concerns, stressing the significance of nineteenth-century and deeper indigenous dynamics in explaining Africa's later twentieth-century challengesPlaces a better specialize in African company, specifically in the course of the colonial encounterIncludes extra in-depth insurance of non-Anglophone AfricaOffers increased assurance of the post-colonial period to take account of contemporary advancements, together with the clash in Darfur and the political unrest of 2011 in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya
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Warfare and Diplomacy in Pre-colonial West Africa (London, 1989). , Kingdoms of the Savannah (Madison WI, 1966). , Asante in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge, 1975). 3 Eastern Intrusions Slaves and Ivory in Eastern Africa While Atlantic Africa was undergoing the kinds of transformation described in the previous chapter, the experience on the other side of the continent was different in a number of respects. The period from the late eighteenth century onward witnessed the linking up of the eastern African interior with the international trade of the Indian Ocean, the Arabian peninsula and the Persian Gulf via the Swahili city-states of the coast.
Alongside the Nilotes were smaller agricultural communities – notably the Kamba and Kikuyu – who both fought the Maasai over land and water, but who also intermarried and traded with them, and borrowed culturally from them. Yet as the nineteenth century progressed, a number of societies underwent the same kinds of changes experienced in Tanzania: new forms of social and political structure emerged under stronger, more centralized systems of leadership. Like the Nyamwezi, the Kamba, too, would become energetic participants in global trade.
In contrast to the interlacustrine zone, population densities were low, and settlement tended to be scattered – unlike in the area of Buganda and Bunyoro, where urban patterns had appeared long before 1800 – and therefore the conditions for elaborate state formation were absent in many areas. With a tendency to live in small groups, people were able to move when land became infertile, or when political disputes arose; thus, while small chieftainships did emerge across Tanzania through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, these were flexible, and characterized by continual movement.
A History of Modern Africa: 1800 to the Present, 2nd Edition (Blackwell Concise History of the Modern World) by Richard J. Reid