ISBN 9781471135446,The Fortunes of Africa : A 5,000 Year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavour

The Fortunes of Africa : A 5,000 Year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavour


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ISBN 9781471135446

ISBN-10 1471135446

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Number of Pages 768 Pages

History and Politics

Africa has been coveted for its riches ever since the era of the Pharaohs. In past centuries, it was the lure of gold, ivory and slaves that drew fortune-seekers, merchant-adventurers and conquerors from afar. In modern times, the focus of attention is on oil, diamonds and other valuable minerals. Land was another prize. The Romans relied on their colonies in north Africa for vital grain shipments to feed the population of Rome. Arab invaders followed in their wake, eventually colonising the entire region. In modern times, foreign corporations have acquired huge tracts of land to secure food supplies needed abroad, just as the Romans did. In this vast and vivid panorama of history, Martin Meredith follows the fortunes of Africa over a period of 5,000 years. With compelling narrative, he traces the rise and fall of ancient kingdoms and empires, the spread of Christianity and Islam, the enduring quest for gold and other riches, the exploits of explorers and missionaries and the impact of European colonisation. He examines to the fate of modern African states and concludes with a glimpse of their future

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