Africa’s Urban Past
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320 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

9 b/w. 20 line. Illustrations

Imprint: James Currey

Africa's Urban Past

Edited by David M. Anderson and R.J.A.R. Rathbone

by R.J.A.R. Rathbone

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Urbanization has been an important feature of Africa's history for over 2000 years.
Towns and cities have been arenas around which societies have organized themselves: as centres of trade and economic activity; as foci of political action and authority; as military garrisons; as sites of ritual power; and as places of refuge and collective security in troubled times. This collection reveals the depth of urbanization in African history.
"I have seldom read a book which introduced me to so many new things - to so many fresh topics and to so much new research by scholars, many of them young, as well as by established figures such as John Thornton and Robin Law... I found this book almost a course in African Studies in itself. -" Terence Ranger, AFRICAN AFFAIRS
"The editors provide an excellent introduction which outlines the entire history of African urbanism in eight tightly-written pages, explains the rationale of the book in the context of the state of the art, and places the seventeen studies included here into their broader academic context. -" Anthony Lemon, ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW
"... will definitely be on my undergraduate African History reading list. -" David Dorward, ARAS

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9780852557617

January 2000

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Title Details

320 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

9 b/w. 20 line. Illustrations

Imprint: James Currey