By Richard J. Reid
Up-to-date and revised to stress long term views on present matters dealing with the continent, the hot 2d variation of A heritage of contemporary Africa recounts the whole breadth of Africa's political, monetary, and social background during the last centuries.Adopts a long term method of present concerns, stressing the significance of nineteenth-century and deeper indigenous dynamics in explaining Africa's later twentieth-century challengesPlaces a better specialise in African enterprise, specifically through the colonial encounterIncludes extra in-depth assurance of non-Anglophone AfricaOffers accelerated assurance of the post-colonial period to take account of modern advancements, together with the clash in Darfur and the political unrest of 2011 in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya
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Some peoples, notably the Yao of southern Tanzania, Malawi, and Mozambique, themselves became notorious slave raiders. In very general terms, however, it needs to be borne in mind that the central-eastern African interior was less commercially developed than West Africa, notwithstanding the increasingly complex regional trading networks which emerged in the course of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Low population densities inhibited the growth of sophisticated commercial systems like those of Atlantic Africa, although there were important exceptions, notably the interlacustrine zone.
In any case Zanzibar itself exercised only the loosest control over these coastal adventurers, many of whom acted very much on their own accounts, Tippu Tip among them. But they all, to a greater or lesser degree, spread coastal culture, as well as Islam, into the interior: dress, architecture, and language were all influenced as representatives of heterogeneous Swahili civilization advanced across a broad zone bounded approximately by Lakes Malawi, Tanganyika, and Victoria. Statehood, Conflict, and Trade (1): The Lacustrine Zone The area of the Great Lakes – in particular the northern interlacustrine zone around Lakes Tanganyika, Victoria, Edward, and Albert – was home to some of sub-Saharan Africa’s most complex civilizations.
Ultimately, it is clear that in contrast to other parts of the continent, parts of Atlantic Africa experienced much greater continuity between the nineteenth century and the colonial era in terms of export economies based on agricultural produce and other raw materials. Demand for vegetable oils, notably palm oil, increased in line with the quickening pace of industrialization. The demand for palm oil in Britain, for example, had been on the increase since the 1770s, with production spanning much of the West African coastal forest from Sierra Leone to the Niger delta.
A History of Modern Africa: 1800 to the Present, 2nd Edition (Blackwell Concise History of the Modern World) by Richard J. Reid