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The Resource The fortunes of Africa : a 5000-year history of wealth, greed, and endeavour, Martin Meredith

The fortunes of Africa : a 5000-year history of wealth, greed, and endeavour, Martin Meredith

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The fortunes of Africa : a 5000-year history of wealth, greed, and endeavour
Title
The fortunes of Africa
Title remainder
a 5000-year history of wealth, greed, and endeavour
Statement of responsibility
Martin Meredith
Title variation
Africa
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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 northern Africa for vital grain shipments to feed the population of Rome. Arab invaders followed in their wake, eventually colonizing the entire region. More recently, foreign corporations have acquired huge tracts of land to secure food supplies needed abroad, just as the Romans did. Martin Meredith follows the fortunes of Africa over a period of 5,000 years, tracing 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 colonization. He examines, too, the fate of modern African states and concludes with a glimpse of their future
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Meredith, Martin
Dewey number
960
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DT20
LC item number
.M47 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Africa
Label
The fortunes of Africa : a 5000-year history of wealth, greed, and endeavour, Martin Meredith
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxii, 745 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781610394598
Lccn
2014939816
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
System control number
  • sky261892888
  • (OCoLC)869266741
  • 882573
Label
The fortunes of Africa : a 5000-year history of wealth, greed, and endeavour, Martin Meredith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxii, 745 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781610394598
Lccn
2014939816
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
System control number
  • sky261892888
  • (OCoLC)869266741
  • 882573

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