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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent introduction to West African history, 13 Jun. 2008
This review is from: A THOUSAND YEARS OF WEST AFRICAN HISTORY. (Hardcover)
I read this book because I realized that I had huge gaps in my knowledge of West African history which I wanted to fill. I wanted a book that would give me a fairly comprehensive overview of the history of the region. This book met this need.

Its a collection of essays covering West African history over the thousand years between 1000 AD and 1800 AD. I found it particularly informative because it not only covered the history of the large, visible empires (like Ghana, Mali, Songhay, Kanem-Bornu etc), it also looked at the history of those peoples who did not organize themselves into large political entities (like the Ibo of southeastern Nigeria or the Wolof of Senegal). Key historical trends- like the impact of islam on the region, the extensiveness of trade and contact with Europe are also examined. The account continues up to the immediate aftermath of the independence era and captures the optimism that followed that event.

This collection represents an early attempt to record as much of African history as was known at the time. It paints its picture in broad brush strokes and in many cases does not give the reader a lot of detail. However, for anyone looking to build a fairly seamless view of the major historical trends in West Africa over the last thousand years, this is an excellent resource. More recent history books on the same subject do not invalidate the gist of this early account.
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A THOUSAND YEARS OF WEST AFRICAN HISTORY. by J.F. and Ian Espie. Edited by. Ajayi (Hardcover - 1970)
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