New PDF release: A History of Modern Africa: 1800 to the Present (Blackwell

By Richard J. Reid

ISBN-10: 0470658983

ISBN-13: 9780470658987

Up-to-date and revised to stress long term views on present concerns dealing with the continent, the recent 2<sup>nd</sup> version of A historical past of recent Africa recounts the entire breadth of Africa's political, fiscal, and social background over the last centuries.
* Adopts a long term method of present matters, stressing the significance of nineteenth-century and deeper indigenous dynamics in explaining Africa's later twentieth-century challenges
* areas a better specialize in African organisation, specially in the course of the colonial encounter
* contains extra in-depth assurance of non-Anglophone Africa
* bargains elevated 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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Only in the 1850s, largely through brute force, did Tewodros bring about a kind of unity, and even then he spent most of his reign on campaign; but he laid the foundations for a larger, more stable empire-state which would continue to grow between the 1870s and 1890s under his two immediate successors, Yohannes and Menelik. Map 7 Eastern and southern Africa in the nineteenth century. Commercial Horizons: Slaves and Ivory An East African slave trade had existed for several centuries, but it increased dramatically from the 1780s onward.

Plate 4 Commercial pioneers: Seyyid Barghash, Sultan of Zanzibar (1870–88), with his advisors. Photograph courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum. Neg 13462. 1870. By permission of the British Library, B 224 DSC. Up until the early nineteenth century, then, Zanzibari and Omani merchants had operated mainly on the coast, dependent on African middlemen, among the most successful of whom were the Nyamwezi of modern west-central Tanzania. But it was only a matter of time before adventurous coastmen themselves began to follow the trade routes into the interior; wealthy coastal entrepreneurs financed caravans which traveled hundreds of miles west, often comprising several hundred people, and employing Africans as porters and guides.

As the nineteenth century drew to a close, the violence provided the British in particular with a justification for intervention, and indeed the Yoruba in some ways offered the best instance of a troubled, war-stricken people crying out for redemption and security, which only Albion could provide. Missionaries had already introduced a degree of British culture into coastal society, and collected souls from among the displaced and defenseless; they helped shape official attitudes toward particular groups across the region, and lobbied for intervention.

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