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  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $50.00
  • June 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92757-3
  • 784 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Africa in Global History with Sources


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Robert Harms (Author, Yale University)


A NEW narrative history by a leading scholar places Africa in a global context

Award-winning historian Robert Harms offers a contemporary history of Africa—one that reflects the continent’s cultural richness and diversity while presenting its history in a global context. A chronological narrative covers the origins of humankind to the present, focusing on similarities and differences across regions and the continent as a whole. A stunning full-color design engages the reader with primary sources, images, and maps, and instructor resources enhance the teaching experience.


A global approach to Africa

Award-winning author Robert Harms (Yale), author of The Diligent: A Voyage Through the World of the Slave Trades, provides a fresh perspective by placing Africa in a global context. He presents African history as an on-going dialogue between global forces and uniquely African developments. Africans did not merely bend before global forces; they also confronted them and altered them, even though they could not ignore them—a tension that drives the narrative.  

A chronological narrative that integrates all of Africa’s regions

Rather than covering the histories of different regions in separate chapters, Harms offers a chronological integrated survey. By addressing developments in all four of the continent’s major regions (North, South, East, and West) in most chapters, he helps students understand similarities and differences between regions and societies. Harms has also organized Africa’s major periods around significant thematic shifts, which consistently situate the geographical regions of Africa in their larger global contexts. 

A focus on the richness and diversity of Africa

Throughout his engaging narrative, Harms consistently highlights the ways in which Africa differs from other global regions. He also examines the commonality, interconnectedness, and cultural diversity of the regions and societies within Africa. Compelling vignettes also show how important events affected ordinary Africans, male and female alike, across kingdoms and belief systems. 

An engaging, full-color experience for students. Quality support for instructors.

The text features a stunning full-color design with features that engage students in primary sources, images, and maps. Numerous teaching resources provide support for you, the instructor.  

    Chapter 1. Out of Africa

    Part 1. Africa in the Old World: Early Times to 1500 CE
    Chapter 2. Food Revolutions and Frontier Societies: 8000 BCE to 1000 CE
    Chapter 3. Imperial Power and Religious Revolutions in the Mediterranean World, 800 BCE–1500 CE
    Chapter 4. Cities of Gold: The West African Sahel and the East African Coast, 800–1600

    Part 2. Africa in the Age of Global War Capitalism, 1500–1800

    Chapter 5. Atlantic Africa and the Creation of the Atlantic World, 1450–1700
    Chapter 6. Expansionist States and Decentralized Power in Atlantic Africa, 1700–1807
    Chapter 7. The Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Shores, 1500–1800

    Part 3. Africa in the Age of the Great Divergence: 1800–1870
    Chapter 8. Economic and Political Upheavals in the Nineteenth Century
    Chapter 9. Religious Movements and State-Building Strategies in the Nineteenth Century

    Part 4. Africa in the Age of the New Imperialism, 1870–1940
    Chapter 10. The Colonial Partition of Africa, 1870–1918
    Chapter 11. The Consolidation of Colonialism, 1914–1940
    Chapter 12. Social and Cultural Change under High Colonialism, 1914–1940

    Part 5. Africa in the Age of the Cold War, 1940–1990
    Chapter 13. Late Colonialism: Development and Change, 1940–1965
    Chapter 14. Struggles for Independence, 1940–1965
    Chapter 15. Africa in a Bipolar World, 1965–1990

    Part 6. Africa in the Age of the Great Convergence, 1990–2015
    Chapter 16. Africa in a Multi-Polar World, 1990–2015