This groundbreaking work was the first of its type to present the entire history of the African continent. The collection sheds light on the pre-colonial era and interweaves Africa’s destiny with the rest of humanity’s, examining its interaction with other continents and the role of Africans in the dialogue between civilizations. Published in eight volumes.
This volume opens with four thematic chapters examining the major forces at work in African society at the beginning of the century, Africa's changing role in the world economy, new trends and processes, and the effects of the abolition of the slave trade. The following chapters detail developments in the various regions. Finally, the authors trace the African diaspora and assess the continent's political, economic and cultural development on the eve of the European conquest.