Ten years in the making, this atlas has been well worth the wait. As the successor to J. D. Fage’s Atlas of African History (Holmes & Meier, 1978. 2d ed.), this new book, with its photographs, greater detail, larger format, and, above all, beautiful multicolor maps, far surpasses the earlier work. Its three main types of maps (showing “events,” “historical processes,” and “numerical data”) cover 71 subjects ranging from “Relief and rainfall,” to “Distribution of Late Stone Age industries,” the “African diaspora,” and “Decolonization and independence.” Additionally, the narrative accompanying each map is enough to qualify this work as a history text. Ajayi and Crowder have set a standard with this atlas that will almost certainly not be equaled in the near future. An essential reference work for any decent Africana collection. Paul H. Thomas, Hoover Inst. Lib., Stanford, Cal.
- Hardcover: 168 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (September 1, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521253535
- ISBN-13: 978-0521253536
- Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 0.8 x 15.8 inches