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North Africa : a history from antiquity to the present /
Phillip C. Naylor.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2009.
description
xiv, 355 p. : maps.
ISBN
0292719221 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780292719224 (cloth : alk. paper)
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geographic term
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imprint
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2009.
isbn
0292719221 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780292719224 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Ancient North Africa and its expansive civilizations -- Rome and North Africa -- Medieval North Africa -- The Almoravid and the Almohad empires and their successor states -- Turkish ascendance and Moroccan independence -- European colonialism in North Africa -- The decolonization of North Africa -- Post-colonial and contemporary North Africa -- Post-colonial and contemporary North Africa.
catalogue key
6922860
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Phillip C. Naylor is Associate Professor of History at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he directed the Western Civilization program. His previous books include The Historical Dictionary of Algeria and France and Algeria: A History of Decolonization and Transformation.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2010-08-01:
Naylor (Marquette Univ.; Historical Dictionary of Algeria, CH, Sep'95, 33-0043; France and Algeria: A History of Decolonization and Transformation, CH, Jul'01, 38-6334) points out the need for an introductory survey of a region little known and frequently neglected in the US and marginally covered in discussions of Islam and the Middle East. The author emphasizes, therefore, North Africa's influences on the development and evolution of European, Mediterranean, and African civilizations. He characterizes his book as "a primarily political historical survey of North Africa illustrating the importance of transcultural influences." He is certainly correct about the interaction of numerous internal and external cultures across the breadth of NorthAfrica, but his argument for the inclusion of Egypt in the region and his perspective of the area as an integral part of Western civilization is less convincing. A narrower focus on the Mediterranean as a central theme more closely accommodates his detailed and factual narrative from the Paleolithic era and Pharaonic Egypt to the contemporary North African states from the Western Sahara and Morocco to Egypt and Suez. Naylor draws his survey especially from secondary sources, which are cited and/or quoted frequently in the text. Suggested for supplementary reading. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduate collections. B. Harris Jr. emeritus, Occidental College
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Naylor's approach is innovative, his research thorough and balanced, and, most importantly, he exhibits an exceptional empathy for the peoples and cultures of the region whose history remains little understood in the United States. This is a work of exceptional insight that deserves the widest circulation possible." John Entelis, Professor of Political Science and Director, Middle East Studies Program, Fordham University
"Naylor's approach is innovative, his research thorough and balanced, and, most importantly, he exhibits an exceptional empathy for the peoples and cultures of the region whose history remains little understood in the United States. This is a work of exceptional insight that deserves the widest circulation possible." John Entelis, Professor of Political Science and Director, Middle East Studies Program, Fordham University "InNorth Africa, Phillip C. Naylor neatly profiles the imperial incursions of (among others) Britain, Italy, France and Spain-moving from east to west across the continent's northern edge-but he avoids a blame-it-all-on-the-19th-century approach in favor of the historian's long view. His book serves as a readable introduction to North African history, morphing along the way into a handy refresher course on a substantial part of Africa and of the Arab-Islamic world...a task well done, a solid history of a region with whose conflicts we-not to mention the Sahrawis and their neighbors-are fated to contend for at least a few years still." Roger Kaplan,The Wall Street Journal, 10th Aug 2009
Naylor's approach is innovative, his research thorough and balanced, and, most importantly, he exhibits an exceptional empathy for the peoples and cultures of the region whose history remains little understood in the United States. This is a work of exceptional insight that deserves the widest circulation possible.
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Summaries
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Intended as both an introduction for students & a reference of recent scholarship, this history of North Africa seeks to establish the historical significance of the region, showing important contributions through the ages from antiquity to the modern era.
Main Description
North Africa has been a vital crossroads throughout history, serving as a connection between Africa, Asia, and Europe. Paradoxically, however, the region's historical significance has been chronically underestimated. In a book that may lead scholars to reimagine the concept of Western civilization, incorporating the role North African peoples played in shaping "the West," Phillip Naylor describes a locale whose transcultural heritage serves as a crucial hinge, politically, economically, and socially. Ideal for novices and specialists alike, North Africa begins with an acknowledgment that defining this area has presented challenges throughout history. Naylor's survey encompasses the Paleolithic period and early Egyptian cultures, leading readers through the pharonic dynasties, the conflicts with Rome and Carthage, the rise of Islam, the growth of the Ottoman Empire, European incursions, and the postcolonial prospects for Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Western Sahara. Emphasizing the importance of encounters and interactions among civilizations, North Africa maps a prominent future for scholarship about this pivotal region.
Main Description
North Africa has been a vital crossroads throughout history, serving as a connection between Africa, Asia, and Europe. Paradoxically, however, the region's historical significance has been chronically underestimated. In a book that may lead scholars to reimagine the concept of Western civilization, incorporating the role North African peoples played in shaping "the West," Phillip Naylor describes a locale whose transcultural heritage serves as a crucial hinge, politically, economically, and socially. Ideal for novices and specialists alike,North Africabegins with an acknowledgment that defining this area has presented challenges throughout history. Naylor's survey encompasses the Paleolithic period and early Egyptian cultures, leading readers through the pharonic dynasties, the conflicts with Rome and Carthage, the rise of Islam, the growth of the Ottoman Empire, European incursions, and the postcolonial prospects for Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Western Sahara. Emphasizing the importance of encounters and interactions among civilizations, North Africa maps a prominent future for scholarship about this pivotal region.
Main Description
North Africa has been a vital crossroads throughout history, serving as a connection between Africa, Asia, and Europe. Paradoxically, however, the region's historical significance has been chronically under-estimated. In a book that may lead scholars to re-imagine the concept of Western civilization, incorporating the role North African peoples played in shaping "the West," Phillip Naylor describes a locale whose trans-cultural heritage serves as a crucial hinge, politically, economically, and socially. Ideal for novices and specialists alike,North Africabegins with an acknowledgment that defining this area has presented challenges throughout history. Naylor's survey encompasses the Paleolithic period and early Egyptian cultures, leading readers through the Pharonic dynasties, the conflicts with Rome and Carthage, the rise of Islam, the growth of the Ottoman Empire, European incursions, and the postcolonial prospects for Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Western Sahara. Emphasizing the importance of encounters and interactions among civilizations,North Africamaps a prominent future for scholarship about this pivotal region.
Table of Contents
List of Mapsp. ix
A Note to the Readerp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Ancient North Africa and Its Expansive Civilizationsp. 15
Rome and North Africap. 35
Medieval North Africa From the Arrival of Islam to the Berber Empiresp. 57
The Almoravid and the Almohad Empires and Their Successor Statesp. 89
Turkish Ascendance and Moroccan Independencep. 109
European Colonialism in North Africap. 141
The Decolonization of North Africap. 168
Post-Colonial and Contemporary North Africa Egypt, Libya, and Tunisiap. 193
Post-Colonial and Contemporary North Africa Algeria, Morocco, and Western Saharap. 215
Conclusion The Peril and Promise of North Africap. 247
Notesp. 253
Glossaryp. 305
Bibliographyp. 311
Indexp. 339
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