Abridged ed. - Oxford : J. Currey ; Berkeley, Calif., U.S.A. : University of California Press ; Paris : Unesco, 1998.
xxiii, 356 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
At head of title: International Scientific Committee for the drafting of a General History of Africa (UNESCO).
Reissued in unabridged form as final volume in abridged series.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 323-346) and index.
Volume VI of this acclaimed series is now available in an abridged paperback edition. The result of years of work by scholars from all over the world, "The UNESCO General History of Africa" reflects how the different people of Africa view their civilizations and shows the historical relationships between the various parts of the continent. Historical connections with other continents demonstrate Africa's contribution to the development of human civilization. Each volume is lavishly illustrated and contains a comprehensive bibliography. Volume VI covers the period from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the onset of the European 'scramble' for colonial territory in the 1880s. In spite of a growing European commercial, religious, and political presence during the first three quarters of the century, outside influences were felt indirectly by most African societies, and they made a number of culturally distinctive attempts to modernize, expand, and develop. These are detailed in four thematic chapters, twenty-three chapters detailing developments in specific areas, and two concluding chapters tracing the African diaspora and assessing the state of the Continent's political, economic, and cultural development on the eve of the European conquest. (source: Nielsen Book Data)