The Peoples of the Middle Niger: The Island of Gold
October 1998, Wiley-Blackwell
List of Figures.
List of Maps.
1. Riches Beyond Lucre, The Island of Gold.
2. The Dry Basins of the Middle Niger.
3. Historical Imagination: 4100 BP.
4. Peoples of the Four Live Basins.
5. Historical Imagination: 300 BC.
6. Penetration of the Deep Basins.
7. Historical Imagination: AD 400.
8. Prosperity and Cities.
9. Historical Imagination: AD 1000.
10. The Imperial Tradition.
11. Historical Imagination: AD 1472.
12. Epilogue: Resilience of an Original Civil Society?.
- Provides archaeological, anthropological and historical overview of a key region of sub-Saharan Africa and its inhabitants
- Relates the complex and dramatic climatic change to the development of human societies in the region
- Reassesses the origins and nature of the earliest urban sites in sub-Saharan Africa, including the Jenne-Jeno complex and Timbuktu.
"A splendid achievement ... this volume sets a new standard of thoroughness in the presentation of West African history." Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies