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Africa south of the Sahara
Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Chelsea House Publishers, c2006.
Physical Description:
vii, 124 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 24 cm.
Introducing the African world -- Physical geography -- Historical geography -- Population and settlement -- Culture and society -- Political history -- Making a living -- Future of the African world.


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Geographers typically recognize the continent of Africa as consisting of two regions: North Africa and Africa south of the Sahara. Surrounded by majestic mountain ranges, boundless deserts, and ancient historic cities, Africa south of the Sahara is rich with gold, diamonds, and oil, yet its people are among the poorest. Recent wars, ethnic conflicts, and AIDS have also taken their toll. However, through all of these, Africans have survived and stayed resilient. This book presents the reader with a look at the rich history of Africa, its language and culture, and the many problems that still face the African world today. Book jacket.

Author Notes

Author Joseph R. Oppong is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, Texas, and a native of Ghana

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-These accessible titles are generously illustrated with colorful photos, maps, and clear charts, graphs, and other statistical data. They are not broken down to provide extensive information on individual nations, but rather discuss the regions as a whole. Oppong provides a detailed view of African geography, culture, economic standing, and political history. The book concludes with a lengthy time line and a further-reading list that is heavy on other titles by the publisher. Phillips does an excellent job of organizing each topic by providing clear and outlined information. The research is well done, and information and statistics are up to date. The time line begins in 1,700,000 B.C. with the appearance of Java man and ends with the 2004 tsunami. Useful additions for research and general interest.-Amanda Conover Le, St. Johns County Public Library System, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Geographers typically recognize the continent of Africa as consisting of two regions: North Africa and Africa south of the Sahara. The region of Africa south of the Sahara is culturally complex, physically beautiful, and faces many challenges in the near and long-term future. Excerpted from Africa South of the Sahara by Joseph R. Oppong All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vi
1 Introducing the African Worldp. 1
2 Physical Geographyp. 14
3 Historical Geographyp. 28
4 Population and Settlementp. 41
5 Culture and Societyp. 55
6 Political Historyp. 69
7 Making a Livingp. 81
8 Future of the African Worldp. 98
Appendix Ap. 109
History at a Glancep. 110
Further Readingp. 114
Indexp. 115