African City History by Freund

By Freund

This certain publication is finished either when it comes to time assurance, from ahead of the Pharaohs to the current second and in that it attempts to contemplate towns from the full continent, not only Sub-Saharan Africa. except authentic details and wealthy description fabric culled from many resources, it seems to be at many concerns from why city existence emerged within the first position to how present-day African towns cope in tricky instances. rather than seeing cities and towns as by some means extraneous to the true Africa, it perspectives them as an inherent a part of constructing Africa, indigenous, colonial, and post-colonial and emphasizes the level to which the way forward for African society and African tradition shall be performed out ordinarily in towns. The booklet is written to entice scholars of historical past yet both to geographers, planners, sociologists and improvement experts drawn to city difficulties.

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In the remainder of this chapter, we are going to suggest that the importance in some times and places of involvement in largescale commercial activity and incorporation into long-distance trade circuits, sometimes marked by direct colonisation from outside, lent a major new element to the process of urbanisation. Of course, this will be most obvious when we examine human settlement linked to trade 12:25 P1: JZZ 0521821096c01 CUFX035/Freund 0 521 82109 6 20 printer:cupusbw October 18, 2006 THE AFRICAN CITY with the “world-economy,” with the rising star of Europe, but before we turn to that in Chapter Two, we must consider urbanisation linked to earlier such influences before the modern era.

Fez had great markets and depended on a commercialised agriculture in the surrounding countryside for its staple foodstuffs. As a result of its historical evolution, in fact, Fez consisted of two physically distinct cities, one dominated by the palace, the military, and the state (Fez Jdid ), and the other, older Fez – the “city of the people of Fez” – all the more given over to production and commerce. A multitude of crafts were characteristic of Fez, organised through guilds that controlled access and training, not dissimilar to older European practises.

Of course, this will be most obvious when we examine human settlement linked to trade 12:25 P1: JZZ 0521821096c01 CUFX035/Freund 0 521 82109 6 20 printer:cupusbw October 18, 2006 THE AFRICAN CITY with the “world-economy,” with the rising star of Europe, but before we turn to that in Chapter Two, we must consider urbanisation linked to earlier such influences before the modern era. Alexandria and Carthage The first region of Africa where such influences became very important was North Africa, and we can best understand their impact by concentrating on two remarkable cities: Alexandria and Carthage.

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