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Africa's Past, Our Future
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Africa's Past, Our Future engages the history of the African continent through the perspective of global issues such as political instability, economic development, and climate change. Since the past may offer alternative models for thinking about our collective future, this book promotes an appreciation for African social, economic, and political systems that have endured over the long-term and that offer different ways of thinking about a sustainable future. Introducing readers to the wide variety of sources from which African history is constructed, the book’s ten chapters cover human evolution, the domestication of plants and animals, climate change, social organization, the slave trade and colonization, development, and contemporary economics and politics.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Part I. The Longue Durée
  2. pp. 15-18
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  1. 1. Humanity’s African Origins
  2. pp. 19-45
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  1. 2. Early Subsistence: Gathering-Hunting and Agriculture
  2. pp. 46-66
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  1. 3. Early Adaptation: Climate Change and Pastoralism
  2. pp. 67-84
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  1. 4. New Ideas and Tradition
  2. pp. 85-100
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  1. Part II. African Institutions in the Middle Time Frame
  2. pp. 101-102
  1. 5. Forms of Political Authority: Heterarchy
  2. pp. 103-120
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  1. 6. Forms of Social Organization: Matriliny
  2. pp. 121-136
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  1. 7. Forms of Economic Thought: Wealth in People and the Entrustment Economy
  2. pp. 137-154
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  1. Part III. Recent History and Politics
  2. pp. 155-156
  1. 8. African Views on Colonialism and Development Assistance
  2. With Heidi Frontani
  3. pp. 157-181
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  1. 9. African Contributions: Economics, Politics, and Society
  2. with Heidi Frontani
  3. pp. 182-203
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  1. 10. An African Success Story: Somaliland
  2. pp. 204-219
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 220-224
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 225-229
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