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The Peoples of the Middle Niger: The Island of Gold

The Peoples of the Middle Niger: The Island of Gold

Roderick James Mcintosh

ISBN: 978-0-631-17361-8

Oct 1998, Wiley-Blackwell

376 pages

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This book provides the first comprehensive history of the peoples of the Middle Niger written by an English-speaking scholar.
List of Plates.

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?.


"McIntosh's contribution is an immensely scholarly and in some ways a subversive book. The great strength of McIntosh's book is in its implicit demand that we re-examine the comfortable old taxonomies." History Today

"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

  • 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.