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Encyclopedia of African history /
Kevin Shillington, editor.
imprint
New York : Fitzroy Dearborn, c2005.
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3 v. : ill., maps.
ISBN
1579582451 (alk. paper)
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New York : Fitzroy Dearborn, c2005.
isbn
1579582451 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
5120477
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-05-01:
Unlike most African history reference works, this encyclopedia covers the entire African continent, including the sub-Saharan black region, the northern Arab area, and the island nations in the Atlantic and Indian oceans. This work's 1,100 entries offer an eclectic range of biographical, geographical, and historical information. Trying to reverse the European domination of African history writing, the editors sought out many African-born scholars, about half of whom teach in African universities. Entries, arranged alphabetically, cover major geographical areas, states, prominent individuals, and topics. Black-and-white photographs and about 100 historical and contemporary maps enhance the text. Regrettably, the encyclopedia does not include maps of the entire continent, whether current, colonial, or precolonial. It will be no surprise that an encyclopedia of this length and breadth varies in quality. Some entries provide extensive political, cultural, historical, and economic surveys of a country (South Africa), and excellent, lengthy essays cover a time period (the Iron Age), but some topics (Arab involvement in the slave trade) receive sketchy coverage. African American support for African liberation is covered in entries for W. E. B. DuBois and a few others, but this important subject merits its own entry. Alphabetical and thematic lists of entries and the keyword and name index at the end of volume 3 provide access to the set; cross-references and a bibliography after each article enhance the set's reference value. Despite some faults, this work is far superior to Cambridge Encyclopedia of Africa, ed. by R. A. Oliver and Michael Crowder (CH, Jun'82) or W. F. Page's "seriously flawed" Encyclopedia of African History and Culture (CH, Apr'02, 39-4324). Encyclopedia of Precolonial Africa, ed. by J. O. Vogel and Jean Vogel (CH, Feb'98, 35-3039), an outstanding title, is very specialized and lacks the temporal coverage of the present work. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Academic and large public libraries. D. Altschiller Boston University
Appeared in Library Journal on 2005-02-01:
Only in the last half of the 20th century was a widespread belief that Africa was a "Dark Continent" without history and frozen in "primitivism" replaced by the research of scholars working in the West and in Africa. It is now clear that African history is as old as the human species and has its own unique developments. Edited by freelance historian Shillington (History of Africa), this encyclopedia attempts to bring together the results of decades of research with over 1000 articles written by leading contemporary historians. The scope of the coverage encompasses the entire continent, including North Africa, and features all historical periods, with special attention to recent events. Most entries are given 1000 words, though major topics, such as regional surveys, stretch to 3000-4000 words. Topics range from art to anthropology to economics, but emphasis is placed on biographies and country studies, both pre- and postcolonial. Entries may be accessed alphabetically, thematically, or through a detailed index. Bottom Line Simply put, this is an essential reference resource for students of African history. Highly recommended for both academic and public libraries.-Eugene C. Burt, Cornish Coll. of the Arts, Seattle (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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"Simply put, this is an essential reference resource forstudents of African history... Highly recommendedfor both academic and public libraries."-- Library Journal
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Summaries
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Covering the entire continent from Morocco, Libya, and Egypt in the north to the Cape of Good Hope in the south, and the surrounding islands from Cape Verde in the west to Madagascar, Mauritius, and Seychelles in the east, the Encyclopedia of African History is a new A-Z reference resource on the history of the entire African continent. With entries ranging from the earliest evolution of human beings in Africa to the beginning of the twenty-first century, this comprehensive three volume Encyclopedia is the first reference of this scale and scope. Also includes 99 maps.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This encyclopedia provides information about Africa's cultures, history, geography, economics, and politics. It provides an overview of the whole continent, region by region, ethnic group by ethnic group, nation by nation, personality by personality.
Description for Library
"A long-overdue work for students and interested readers of African history, this set is the first to cover the entire continent since UNESCO's General History of Africa appeared in the 1980s. Nearly 1,100 entries cover historical, political, cultural, economic, linguistic, and anthropological topics. Lengthy historiographical surveys, maps of each of the modern states as well as historically important regions (such as the Songhay Empire), and a substantial number of contributions from African scholars make this source a fine addition to any reference collection."--"Reference that rocks," American Libraries, May 2005.
Main Description
Covering the entire continent from Morocco, Libya, and Egypt in the north to the Cape of Good Hope in the south, and the surrounding islands from Cape Verde in the west to Madagascar, Mauritius, and Seychelles in the east, theEncyclopedia of African Historyis a new A-Z reference resource on the history of the entire African continent. With entries ranging from the earliest evolution of human beings in Africa to the beginning of the twenty-first century, this comprehensive three volume Encyclopedia is the first reference of this scale and scope. In nearly 1,100 entries, theEncyclopedianot only examines the well-established topics in African history but also looks at the social, economic, linguistic, anthropological, and political subjects that are being re-evaluated or newly opened for historical analysis by recent research and publication. All entries are at least 1,000 words in length and range from factual narrative entries to thematic and analytical discussions, and combinations ofall these. Longer entries range from 3,000 to 5,000 words in length and analyze broader topics such as regional general surveys and wide historical themes including the African Diaspora and Africa in World History. TheEncyclopedia of African Historyis an easily accessible resource that provides an introduction to virtually all aspects of African history from the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt to Nigeria's Fourth Republic. As the only reference resource with the latest in African history scholarship, this Encyclopedia is essential for those who are involved in teaching, researching, or studying Africa and its history. Also includes 99 maps.
Table of Contents
Selected Contents: Abidjan
Bamako
Cairo
Du Bois, W.E.B. (1868-1963) and Pan-Africanism
Early Herding and farming in the Sahara and Nile Valley
Freetown
Ghana, Kingdom of: Historiography of Origins
Human rights in postcolonial Africa
Iron Age (Early) and Development of farming in Eastern Africa
Journalism, radio and film as propaganda
Kenya: Independence to the Present: Economic development, politics and poverty
Language Classification, History of African
Mogadishu
Nubia: Nobadia, Makurra and 'Alwa
Oil
Portugal: Exploration and Trade in the Fifteenth Century
Refugees
Slavery and colonial rule in Africa
Transport infrastructure and usage
Uganda: Education, History of
Vandals and North Africa (429-533)
World War II and North Africa
YaoundT
Zanzibar: Revolution and Tanzania
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