Africa in the Iron Age
c.500 BC-1400 AD
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Africa in the Iron Age by Roland Oliver
Book DescriptionAfrica in the Iron Age is a comprehensive and authoritative introduction to African history between about 500 B.C. and A.D. 1400. The authors are not so much concerned with a particular technological revolution as the enormous changes - political, social and economic - that took place during the period 500 B.C.-A.D. 1400 all over the African continent. The book falls into three parts. Early chapters describe conditions about 500 B.C. when North Africa is already in the Bronze Age, Middle Africa is engaged in Stone Age farming and south of the Sahara most men live by hunting and gathering food. Between 500 B.C. and A.D. 1000 life in settled communities becomes normal throughout the continent. Finally, the Iron Age sees the rise of state systems, the development of long-distance trade and the spread of Islam and Monophysite Christianity. Any study of this period has to combine historical and archaeological methods in the search for evidence and in the subsequent interpretation of data. While literary evidence does exist for the period, Iron Age archaeology necessarily supplies most of the evidence examined. Roland Oliver is a leading African historian and the author of several standard books on the subject. Brian Fagan is an acknowledged expert on African Iron Age archaeology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521099004
(216mm x 138mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Oct-1975
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Roland Oliver
Africa Since 1800, Paperback (February 2005)
The fifth revised edition of this well-known introductory text-book on Africa.
Medieval Africa, 1250-1800, Paperback (August 2001)
A revised edition of The African Middle Ages 1400-1800, ideal for University and college teaching.
African Experience, Paperback (July 2000)
A brilliant survey of African history, now revised to include the events of the 1990s.
In the Realms of Gold, Paperback (November 1997)» View all books by Roland Oliver
The author tells his own story of 50 years in Africa in this history of facets of life, research, and the effects of rule in tropical Africa from World War II to the start of independence. Roland Oliver endeavoured to train Africans to teach in African universities.
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