Reviews of the first edition 'a landmark in African historiography.' Journal of African History Fully revised and updated to include the momentous events that have taken place in South Africa, The Making of Contemporary Africa provides a refreshing reinterpretation of the complex events in sub-Saharan Africa since the eighteenth century. It also serves as a succinct introduction to the history of modern Africa, incorporating in the text a critical appraisal of the best scholarship in recent years. The book first examines indigenous social development and the significance of contact with pre-industrial Europe. Following the Industrial Revolution, the impact of colonialism is considered from the perspective of class formation and capital penetration. Social and cultural changes during this period are given special attention. Decolonisation and the post-colonial development of Africa are analysed on the foundation of basic economic changes, not by the usual, narrowly-conceived chronological political catalogue. New chapters look at the revolutionary process in southern Africa and focus on the contemporary themes of economic crisis, structural adjustment and the pitfalls of democratisation.
Fully revised and updated to include the major events that have taken place in South Africa, this book provides a reinterpretation of events in sub-Saharan Africa since the 18th century. The text also serves as an introduction to the history of modern Africa.
PART ONE: AFRICANIST HISTORY AND THE HISTORY OF AFRICA PART TWO: MATERIAL AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA BEFORE THE NINETEENTH CENTURY Hunters, Gatherers and Cultivators The Formation of States Some Major African States Modes of Production, the State and Class Society PART THREE: THE EUROPEAN INTRUSION IN THE ERA OF MERCHANT CAPITAL The Portugese Epoch The Atlantic Slave Trade The Foundations of South Africa The Age of Merchant Capital PART FOUR: THE ERA OF LEGITIMATE COMMERCE, 1800-1870 Abolition and Legitimate Commerce Class and Trade in Coastal West Africa Nineteenth-Century East Africa The Era of Informal Empire South Africa in the Age of the Great Trek PART FIVE: THE CONQUEST OF AFRICA Imperialism: Theory and Practice The Build-up to Conquest The Partition of Africa Resistance, Collaboration and Contradiction in African Society PART SIX: THE MATERIAL BASIS OF COLONIAL SOCIETY, 1900-1940 The Era of Force and the Chartered Companies Mines White Settlers Lords and Chiefs Peasant Production The Colonial State PART SEVEN: CULTURE, CLASS AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN COLONIAL AFRICA, 1900-1940 Class Relations in Colonial Africa Culture and Social Organisation A Changing Faith The Modalities of Resistance Thuku and Chilembwe PART EIGHT: INDUSTRIALISATION AND SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIETY, 1900-1940 Reconstruction and Union An Era of Confrontation Pact and Fusion The Crisis of the 1940s PART NINE: THE DECOLONISATION OF AFRICA, 1940-1960 The Second Colonial Occupation Social Confrontation and Class Struggles The Political Setting Independence for British West Africa The End of British Rule in East and Central Africa Decolonisation in French Africa The Congo Crisis PART TEN: TROPICAL AFRICA 1960-80: CLASS, STATE AND THE PROBLEM OF DEVELOPMENT Neo-colonial Myths and Realities The Ruling Class of Contemporary Africa Class, Party and State Intensifying Contradiction: African Crisis PART ELEVEN: SOUTHERN AFRICA IN CRISIS The Nationalist Party Victory and its Implications The Armed Struggle in Southern Africa The Challenges of the 1970s and After PART TWELVE: THE AGE OF STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT Select Bibliography Index
Review of first edition: 'A landmark in African historiography.' - Journal of African History