Sub-Saharan Africa
An Environmental History
by Gregory H. Maddox Mark R. Stoll, Series Editor
March 2006, 355pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-85109-555-1
$94, £70, 79€, A135
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The legacy of the transatlantic slave trade. …HIV/AIDS. …War and famine. …This volume shows how, despite these difficulties, Africans were among the first people to develop agriculture, and today have created impressive networks of national parks and other land protection systems to help cope with the conflicting demands of conservation and rapid urbanization.

A wealth of information and analysis on the environmental forces that have helped shaped the cultures of the African continent.

A scholarly reference work that will also appeal to the general reader, Sub-Saharan Africa sets the story of the African environment within the context of geological time and shows how the continent’s often harsh conditions prompted humans to develop unique skills in agriculture, animal husbandry, and environmental management. Part of ABC-CLIO’s Nature and Human Societies series, this book enables readers to better grasp the extent of humanity’s effect on our world.

Of particular interest are the book’s sections dealing with the impact of the Biafran famine of the 1960s, the Sahelian drought of the 1970s, population growth, and the ongoing challenges of war and HIV/AIDS. Crucially, the book also shows how, despite their relative poverty, many African states have coped admirably with rapid urbanization and have developed world-class conservation and sustainability programs in order to protect and harness some of the most endangered species in the world.


  • Contains a handy chronological overview of chapters complete with detailed and informative reference features
  • Detailed maps and a comprehensive bibliography accompany the book's wide-ranging analyses
Gregory H. Maddox, Ph.D., is professor of history at Texas Southern University, Houston, TX, specializing in African environmental history. He is coeditor of Custodians of the Land: Ecology and Culture in the History of Tanzania.


"Students will nonetheless benefit greatly from this book, especially if instructors use it in conjunction with the growing body of work in the historical sciences."—African Studies, September 1, 2007

"A fine pick for any college-level collection strong in either environmental history or African history."—Midwest Book Review, October 1, 2006
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