The Oxford handbook of modern African history / edited by John Parker and Richard Reid. [electronic resource]

Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
1 online resource : maps (black and white)


Editor of compilation
Oxford handbooks. [More in this series]
Summary note
This volume critically reflects upon the current state of the field of modern African history. It focuses on the history of the continent in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, although also looks back to the era of the Atlantic slave trade. Its aim is to consider the evolution of the field and to set out where, after fifty years of sustained research, it has arrived. To do so, each of its twenty-six chapters explores a particular theme, organized in five sections: Key Themes in African History; The Colonial Encounter; Religion and Belief; Society and Economy; and Arts and the Media.
Includes index.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Source of description
Description based on online resource; title from home page (viewed on November 15, 2013).
  • Introduction : African histories : past, present, and future / Richard Reid and John Parker
  • Key themes in African history. Ecology and environment / James McCann ; Demography and disease / Shane Doyle ; African slave trades in global perspective / Pier M. Larson ; States and statelessness / Walter Hawthorne ; Ethnicity and identity / Richard Waller ; Warfare and the military / Richard Reid ; The African diaspora / John Parker
  • The colonial encounter. African colonial states / Heather J. Sharkey ; Law, crime, and punishment in colonial Africa / Richard Roberts ; Work and migration / Emily Lynn Osborn ; Chieftaincy / Justin Willis ; Between the present and history : African nationalism and decolonization / Jean Allman
  • Religion and belief. Islam / Marie Miran-Guyon and Jean-Louis Triaud ; Christianity / David Maxwell ; Indigenous African religions / Robert M. Baum ; New religious movements / Sean Hanretta
  • Society and economy. Education and literacy / Carol Summers ; Women and gender / Barbara M. Cooper ; Urbanization and urban cultures / John Parker ; Health and healing / Nancy Rose Hunt ; Youth / Nicolas Argenti and Deborah Durham ; Economic growth / Morten Jerven
  • Arts and the media. Visual cultures / Sidney Littlefield Kasfir ; Music in modern African history / Viet Erlmann ; African literary histories and history in African literatures / Stephanie Newell ; Communications and media in African history / James R. Brennan.
Other title(s)
Modern African history
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