ISBN 9782869780279
Pages 512
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 1993
Publisher CODESRIA, Senegal
Format Paperback

A Modern Economic History of Africa. Vol. 1

by Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

Winner of the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa 1994 this ground-breaking work in a reassessment of economic history which discusses massive changes in some detail as colonialism took a hold on the continent. Themes covered include: environment and demography, agriculture, mining and manufacture, trade, imperialism.
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"an ambitious, skilfully written, and exhaustively researched synthesis of African economic history in the 19th century." The citation goes on to say that "the book is an exercise in convincing challenge to hitherto accepted orthodoxies, terminologies, and interpretations, outstanding, pioneering work, destined to become highly influential, and providing such a wealth of information and details as to elevate the study of African economic history to a new pedestal."

Noma Award Jury Citation

"This extensive and well-written survey of nineteenth century African Economic life sets an impressive standard...Zeleza's mastery of the literature in impressive, as are his skills of synthesis and argument. For an audience of Africanists, this is an excellent general statement of the issues and evidence in African economic history."

Journal of African History

" a class of its own. has become a major event in the contemporary historiography of Africa"

Egerton Journal

About the Author

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza is widely recognized as one the leading authorities on African economic history. His book, A Modern Economic History of Africa, won the 1994 Noma Award for Publishing in Africa, the continent's most prestigious book award. In 1998 he recieved Special Commendation of the Noma Award for Manufacturing African Studies and Crises. He is also the recipient of Choice Outstanding Academic Title.

He is currently Vice Chancellor and Professor of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the United States International University-Africa, a position he assumed in January 2016. Prior to that, for twenty-five years he held senior administrative and academic positions at six universities in Canada and the United States. A renowned public intellectual, he has authored hundreds of essays and more than two dozen books, including works of fiction. He is a member of numerous editorial boards and the governing boards of several university associations, and is a much sought-after international speaker.

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