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The Making of Contemporary Africa: The Development of African Society Since 1800, 3rd ed.

Bill Freund
The Making of Contemporary Africa: The Development of African Society Since 1800, 3rd ed.
ISBN: 978-1-62637-576-5
2016/356 pages/LC: 2016017142
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Praise for the previous editions:

"A landmark in African historiography.... well planned and clearly written."—John Lonsdale, Journal of African History


This comprehensive yet accessible text critically traces the complex trajectory of African society, culture, economy, and politics across more than two centuries.

Appearing nearly two decades after the previous edition was published, the third edition of The Making of Contemporary Africa has not only been revised throughout, but also includes two entirely new chapters: one specifically on the twenty-first century and one on postindependence cultural and social history.


The late Bill Freund was professor emeritus of economic history at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.


  • Africanist History and the History of Africa.
  • Material and Cultural Development in Africa Before the Nineteenth Century.
  • The European Intrusion in the Era of Merchant Capital.
  • The Era of Legitimate Commerce, 1800-1870.
  • The Conquest of Africa.
  • The Material Basis of Colonial Society, 1900-1940.
  • Culture, Class, and Social Change in Colonial Africa, 1900-1940.
  • Industrialization and South African Society, 1900-1940.
  • The Decolonization of Africa, 1940-1960.
  • Tropical Africa, 1960-1980: Class, State, and the Problem of Development.
  • Southern Africa: The Liberation Struggles.
  • Structural Adjustment Kicks In.
  • Democracies, Dictatorships, and Disasters: Africa into the Twenty-First Century.
  • A New Africa: Cultural and Social History Since Independence.
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