By Richard J. Reid
Up to date and revised to emphasize long term views on present matters dealing with the continent, the recent 2<sup>nd</sup> variation of A heritage of contemporary Africa recounts the complete breadth of Africa's political, financial, and social background over 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 challenges
* areas a better concentrate on African company, particularly through the colonial encounter
* contains extra in-depth insurance of non-Anglophone Africa
* bargains increased 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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Extra info for A History of Modern Africa: 1800 to the Present (Blackwell Concise History of the Modern World)
European humanitarians were uncomfortably aware that “legitimate” commerce had led to an increased use of slavery across Atlantic Africa; in time they would come to attribute this to the backward and brutal nature of African society itself, rather than explaining it in terms of Africa’s economic relationship with Europe. For those who owned slaves, however, the export trade opened up greater opportunities for participation than had been the case previously. In broad terms, the slave trade was organized by large-scale operators at the level of a monopoly; slave sellers or “producers” constituted a small number of elite entrepreneurs.
During the second phase, from 1878 to 1893, several Yoruba states coalesced in order to prevent a further expansion of Ibadan’s power, but when no clear advantage accrued on either side, negotiations began – in 1886 – with a view to establishing a permanent settlement. Diplomacy was interspersed with outbreaks of violence, and it was only in 1892–3 when the British, still based at Lagos, imposed a pax on the warring parties. The violence of Yorubaland brought about dramatic changes, changes which to some extent can be used to highlight the impact of war in other parts of the continent.
In this period, at the same time as the Atlantic slave trade was in gradual decline, the eastern African slave and ivory trades were actually expanding rapidly. In large part, the escalation of these trades was closely linked to the economic system controlled by the sultanate of Zanzibar, which through the nineteenth century was the dominant commercial power on the Kenyan and Tanzanian coasts. Serving as a transit handler for ivory and slave exports, as well as employing slaves on its own spice plantations, Zanzibar’s influence stretched chiefly along the coast, but from the early nineteenth century Zanzibari merchant caravans were also beginning to penetrate inland in search of sources of slaves and ivory.
A History of Modern Africa: 1800 to the Present (Blackwell Concise History of the Modern World) by Richard J. Reid