Africa's Urban Past

Africa's Urban Past

R.J.A.R. Rathbone

Edited by David M. Anderson

Paperback
$34.95

James Currey

Overview

Overview

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.

Details

January 2000
9 black and white, 20 line illustrations
320 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780852557617
Format: Paperback
James Currey
BIC HBJH, 1H, 2AB
BISAC LCO001000
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Reviews

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 in 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 in ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW
... will definitely be on my undergraduate African History reading list. - David Dorward in ARAS