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p. 704. Africa in the worldlocked

p. 704. Africa in the worldlocked

  • John Parker
  •  and Richard Rathbone


How does the history of Africa's past fit into that of the rest of the world? Has Africa's history been determined by internal forces or by those from abroad? ‘Africa in the world’ looks at what historians of Africa have found out and relates this to the history of the world as a whole. Africa's engagement with the world's religions, for example, is found to be significant. How did the slave trade affect Africa? What was the long-term demographic impact of a loss of population? To what extent can we attribute it to Africa's modern ‘underdevelopment’? Africa was very much part of world history, before and after colonial rule.

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