The African past : chronicles from antiquity to modern times / Basil Davidson.


[1st ed.].. Boston : Little, Brown, [1964] .

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Subjects Africa -- History.
Africa.
Description xix, 392 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Copyright Date [1964]
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 373-375) and index.
Summary Included writings by Harkhuf, Pepi-nakt, Tuthmosis III, Piankhi, Herodotus, Ezana, Desmond Clark, Bernard Fagg, Frank Willett, Muhammed Bello, Samuel Johnson, Saburi Biobaku, Tamsir Niane, Al Yakubi, Al Bekri, Al Omari, Ibn Battuta, Al Maghili, Ahmed Ibn Fartua, Kati, Es-Sa'adi, Egharevba, Al Mas'udi, Freeman-Grenville, Idrisi, Yu-Yang-Tsa-Tsu, Chao Ju-Kua, Chang Hsieh, Vasco da Gama, Duarte Barbosa, Hans Mayr, Diogo de Alcancova, D.P. Abraham, Pedro Vaz Soares, Joao de Barros, Antonio Boccarro, Manoel Barreto, Ruy de Pina, Alonso de Palencia, Affonso of Congo, Abreu de Brito, John Landye, Richard Jobson, John Hawkins, Richard Eden, William Towerson, Oliveira Cadornega, John Casseneuve, William Bosman, Michel Adanson, Richard Brew, James Penny, John Johnston, Archibald Dalzell, Robert Norris, Olaudah Equiano, Abbe Proyart, Thomas Winterbottom, James Bruce, Andrew Sparrman, Frederic Caillaud, Henry Fynn, Edouard Casalis, Robert Moffat, David Livingstone, Antonio Gamitto, James Prior, Mungo Park, Uthman Dan Fodio, Brodie Cruickshank, Heinrich Barth, Martin Delany, Mary Kingsley, Leo Frobenius, Charles Domingo, Placide Tempels, Macemba, Edward Blyden, Winwood Reade, and others.
Contents Africa in history. The stages of the past ; African and Asian records ; The Western contribution ; Unity and continuity -- Antiquity. Four journeys to the unknown south / Harkhuf ; Early empire-building / Pepi-Nakt ; Trade and tribute / Tuthmosis III ; Kush in Egypt / Piankhi ; A city named Meroe, Carthage trades south / Herodotus ; The fall of Meroe / Ezana ; Stone age art / Desmond Clark -- Early West Africa. The Nok culture / Bernard Fagg ; Two thousand years of sculpture / Frank Willett ; Where the Yoruba came from / Muhammad Bello ; Yoruba traditions / Samuel Johnson ; Yoruba origins, a modern view / Saburi Biobaku ; Foundations of Ghana / Tamsir Niane and Suret-Canale ; The king of Ghana / Al Yakubi ; Ghana in 1067, Royal finances / Al Bekri ; Sundiata's triumph / Anonymous ; Mali in the fourteenth century, Traveling through Cairo, The empire of Mali, Reception at court, The importance of horses, Royal bureaucracy ; Travels in Mali, Pomp and circumstance, Security and justice / Ibn Battuta ; The Hausa states, Diplomacy, Warfare / Kano chronicle ; Social reform in Songhay, The seventh question, The answer / Al Maghili ; Kanem and Turkey / Ahmed Ibn Fartua ; Bound and free in 1508, The duty of vassals, Decline and fall / Kati ; Djenne / es-Sa'di ; The empire of Benin: Origins, Legend and fact, A ruler from Ife, A discontented prince, Brass-casting, Ewuare the great, Guns and coconuts, Missionaries / Egharevba -- Early East Africa. The country of Zanj, The ivory trade / Al Mas'udi ; The ivory trade, a modern view / Freeman-Grenville ; The export of iron / Idrisi ; Money talks / Freeman-Grenville ; The blood-drinkers / Yu-yang-tsa-tsu ; Slaves from Madagascar, Early Zanzibar / Chao Ju-kua ; Advice to traders / Chang Hsieh ; Emergence of Kilwa / Kilwa chronicle ; Kilwa in 1331 / Ibn Battuta ; A strong ruler, medieval Ethopia ; Vasco da Gama / Kilwa chronicle ; Seafaring / Pate chronicle ; The end of an epoch, Mossell Bay: the Hottentots, Quilimane: first impact, Mozambique: a new world, Malindi: an offer of pilots, Journey to India / Vasco da Gama's logbook ; Swahili civilization, Sofala, The Zambezi mouths, Angoya, Mozambique island, Kilwa, Mombasa, Malindi, Pemba, Mafia, Zanzibar, Pate and Lamu, Brava, Mogadishu / Duarte Barbosa ; The sack of two cities: Kilwa, Mombasa / Hans Mayr ; Kilwa tariffs / Diogo de Alcancova -- An inland epic. Conquest and challenge, Changa succeeds / D.P. Abraham ; "Kings and barons" / Diogo de Alcancova ; Peace at last / Pedro Vaz Soares ; Monomotapa / Duarte Barbosa ; Mines and fortresses / Joao de Barros ; South-central Africa in 1590-1600, Sofala, Kingdom of the Quiteve, Far up the Zambezi, The kingdom of Monomotapa / Joao dos Santos ; The deal with Portugal / Antonio Boccarro ; Destruction of Monomotapa / Advices from Goa ; Civilities / King of Portugal ; Realities, The gold fails / Manoel Barreto.
West Africa meets Europe. The building of El Mina Castle, Portuguese reach Benin / Ruy de Pina ; Inland kingdoms / Duarte Pacheco Pereira ; The king of Benin / Duarte Pires ; A Spanish raid / Alonso de Palencia ; Evils of the trade, The origins of slaving, A call for aid / Affonso of Congo ; Angolan currency / Abreu de Brito ; Guinea cargoes / John Landye ; English at Benin, Gold and ivory / Richard Eden ; Metal goods / William Towerson ; Towards the slave trade / John Hawkins ; Mandingo towns, Lords and vassals, Gambia craftsmanship / Richard Jobson ; A million slaves / Oliveira Cadornega -- The eighteenth century. The trade in captives / John Barbot ; Docile slaves? / John Casseneuve ; Revolt at sea / "Boston Post boy" ; Slaving manners, The system in Angola, An Angolan "Zimbabwe" / James Barbot ; A report on gold, The Guinea partnership, Guns for Africa / William Bosman ; A scientific traveler / Michel Adanson ; Ouidah in 1721 / John Atkins ; The palace of Benin / William Smith ; A dearth of victims / Richard Brew ; The reverence of kings / Captain Heatley ; The business of kings / James Penny ; Abuses of the trade / Company directors ; The price of slaves / John Johnston ; An enlightened ruler / C.B. Wadstrom ; Rise of Dahomey / Archibald Dalzell ; Oyo and Dahomey / Robert Norris ; Congo government / Abbe Proyart ; In Iboland / Olaudah Equiano ; A wider picture, Nicotine and kola / Thomas Winterbottom ; Ethiopian encounters, Adventure at Gondar, The civil wars, Cavalry of Sennar, Ruins of Meroe / James Bruce ; The Hottentots, The bushmen / Andrew Sparrman -- The nineteenth century. Rediscovering Kush / Frederic Caillaud ; Beyond the Orange River / John Barrow ; Shaka the Zulu / Henry Fynn ; In the wake of many wars, Moshesh of the Basuto / Edouard Casalis ; Chief Moselekatse / Robert Moffat ; The land of Kazembe, Marave bridges, Metallurgy, Devastation, King Kazembe / Antonio Gamitto ; Central Africa in the 1840s, The roots of apartheid, Boer policy, African justice, Security, Gold and iron / David Livingstone ; Kilwa in ruins, Songo Mnara / James Prior ; After the deluge / W.F.W. Owen ; Lament for greatness / Abdullah ben Nasir ; On the meaning of gifts / Arnauld d'Abbadie ; To the Niger, The king of Bondou, "Broad as the Thames at Westminster," Segu, A slave coffle / Mungo Park ; Reformation, The old Habe kingdoms, Five rules of government / Uthman dan Fodio ; Against bad rulers / Abdullah Ibn Muhammad ; Jihad / Muhammad Bello ; Muhammad Bello / al Hajji Sa'id ; At Kumasi / Thomas Bowdich ; Political background / Brodie Cruickshank ; The Western Sudan, Kano in mid-century, Finding the Tarikh es-Sudan, Timbuktu, Industry and trade/ Heinrich Barth ; On slavery / Martin Delany ; Yoruba government / Robert Campbell ; In the oil rivers / Winwood Reade ; A West African Spartacus / Edward Blyden ; In the Gaboon, Ascent of the Ogowe, Adventures in the forest, Advantages of wearing a skirt / Mary Kingsley ; Facing invasion / Macemba -- The twentieth century: a few signposts. Colonial conquest / K. Schwabe ; Leopold's Congo / Leo Frobenius ; White man's country? / R. Meinertzhagen ; The African awakening / Charles Domingo ; Rediscovering Africa / Theodore Monod ; Bantu philosophy / Placide Tempels ; Points of arrival / Vinigi Grottanelli ; African history / Onwuka Dike.
Genre History.
Geographic Area Africa
Network Numbers (OCoLC)263070
(OCoLC)ocm00263070
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WorldCat Identities Davidson, Basil, 1914-2010,
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