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Description - Madagascar by Solofo Randrianja

Two thousand years ago, Madagascar was probably uninhabited. An island twice the size of Great Britain, it was home to unique species of flora and fauna that were undisturbed by humanity until the first navigators landed on its shores. Since then, the changes imposed by humans on the wide range of environments to be found in this mini-continent have formed one of the threads of Madagascar's history. No one knows where the island's first inhabitants came from, but there was a strong connection from the earliest period to the islands of South East Asia - today's Indonesia.Austronesians, Arabs, Portuguese, and Dutch sailors and traders successively dominated the sea-lanes around Madagascar, some of the world's oldest long-distance shipping routes. Over the centuries, Madagascar developed its own distinctive language and cultural systems, absorbing migrants from every shore of the Indian Ocean. In the nineteenth century, Britain and France projected a new type of global power that had a major effect on the island, which became a French colony from 1896 to 1960. Throughout this colourful and often turbulent history, the tension between the formation of a highly original culture and the absorption of immigrants, the development of strong social hierarchies, a long experience of slavery and the slave trade, have all had effects that are still felt today. Now home to 17 million people, Madagascar is one of the world's most fascinating and least-known societies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781850659471
ISBN-10: 1850659478
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Solofo Randrianja

Solofo Randrianja is Professor of History at the University of Toamasina, Madagascar; Stephen Ellis is a Senior Researcher at the African Studies Centre, Leiden, and author of Worlds of Power and the Mask of Anarchy, both published by Hurst.