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By Richard J. Reid

ISBN-10: 0470658983

ISBN-13: 9780470658987

Up-to-date and revised to stress long term views on present concerns dealing with the continent, the hot 2<sup>nd</sup> version of A heritage of recent Africa recounts the whole breadth of Africa's political, fiscal, and social heritage 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
* locations a better concentrate on African enterprise, particularly through the colonial encounter
* contains extra in-depth assurance of non-Anglophone Africa
* deals improved assurance of the post-colonial period to take account of contemporary advancements, together with the clash in Darfur and the political unrest of 2011 in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya

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The kingdom was one of the most important “illegal” exporters of slaves along the nineteenth-century Atlantic coast: between the 1810s and the 1850s, under King Gezo, Dahomey financed wars of expansion through its dealings with slave-buyers at the coast, Brazilians among them, and defied British pressure to embrace the “legitimate” commerce being vigorously promoted on other parts of the coast. Gezo also took advantage of relative lack of pressure from the French, the efforts of whose own anti-slavery squadron were frequently undermined by official ambivalence – and indeed by the presence of French slave dealers on the coast itself.

Low population densities inhibited the growth of sophisticated commercial systems like those of Atlantic Africa, although there were important exceptions, notably the interlacustrine zone. Nonetheless, across the entire region, the African response to long-distance trade was dynamic and interventionist, on the part of both relatively ancient states and the more recent products of this new age. As in the Atlantic zone, this was a violently creative era, involving new economic and political forms and a revolution in military affairs.

There was demographic change, involving massive shifts in population as the Fulani advanced southward from Ilorin; people moved from the more open savannah southward into the forest, as indeed they had always done in the search for protection against men on horseback. Now, however, there occurred permanent migration, resulting in urban expansion, both the growth of extant towns and the creation of new, often fortified settlements. At the same time, the slave trade escalated dramatically along the coast of modern southwest Nigeria, marking a significant change from previous patterns of slave export in the area.

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