chapter  9
The city in pre-colonial Africa
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The problem is acute when we turn to African history. As the writers of a survey of African history bluntly put it, ‘The old sequence of ancient, medieval and modern is obvious nonsense for Africa’. Furthermore, in Africa, the seemingly more basic epochs, such as the beginning of agriculture, or the Iron Age, came at different times in different regions of the continent (Curtin et a l ., 1995, p.xiv). It is therefore not obvious whereabouts - in this broadly chronological series on the city and technology - this chapter on African cities should go.