By Richard J. Reid
Up to date and revised to stress long term views on present concerns dealing with the continent, the recent 2<sup>nd</sup> variation of A heritage of recent Africa recounts the whole breadth of Africa's political, fiscal, and social historical past over the last centuries.
* Adopts a long term method of present matters, stressing the significance of nineteenth-century and deeper indigenous dynamics in explaining Africa's later twentieth-century challenges
* locations a better specialise in African supplier, specifically in the course of the colonial encounter
* comprises extra in-depth assurance of non-Anglophone Africa
* bargains accelerated insurance 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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Slaves were needed to meet demand for “legitimate” produce; they were also used in domestic food production. In the Congo–Angola region, the loss of large numbers of young men – the cumulative effect of several centuries’ involvement in the slave trade – had resulted in a gender imbalance in many societies; local populations just about managed to reproduce themselves. With a decline in slave exports, population levels began to recover, and this in turn placed a strain on existing food resources, which meant using more domestic slaves to expand food production.
Only in the 1850s, largely through brute force, did Tewodros bring about a kind of unity, and even then he spent most of his reign on campaign; but he laid the foundations for a larger, more stable empire-state which would continue to grow between the 1870s and 1890s under his two immediate successors, Yohannes and Menelik. Map 7 Eastern and southern Africa in the nineteenth century. Commercial Horizons: Slaves and Ivory An East African slave trade had existed for several centuries, but it increased dramatically from the 1780s onward.
As the nineteenth century dawned, the Nyamwezi had already developed trade routes which linked Buganda at the north end of Lake Victoria, Katanga to the south, and Zanzibar at the coast; they dominated this commercial network until the middle decades of the nineteenth century, when coastal traders began to penetrate the interior with their own caravans, discussed above. Many Nyamwezi became porters for the wealthy Arab and Indian merchants; but conflict was inevitable with the newcomers, especially as the movement of large coastal caravans inland placed strains on local communities in terms of food supply, while antagonism also arose by the 1840s and 1850s over the establishment of customs duties by chiefs through whose territories the commercial highways ran.
A History of Modern Africa: 1800 to the Present (Blackwell Concise History of the Modern World) by Richard J. Reid