An Economic History of Development in sub-Saharan Africa

Economic Transformations and Political Changes

  • Ellen Hillbom
  • Erik Green

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Ellen Hillbom, Erik Green
    Pages 1-10
  3. Ellen Hillbom, Erik Green
    Pages 11-29
  4. Ellen Hillbom, Erik Green
    Pages 31-78
  5. Ellen Hillbom, Erik Green
    Pages 79-117
  6. Ellen Hillbom, Erik Green
    Pages 119-151
  7. Ellen Hillbom, Erik Green
    Pages 153-194
  8. Ellen Hillbom, Erik Green
    Pages 195-235
  9. Ellen Hillbom, Erik Green
    Pages 237-263
  10. Ellen Hillbom, Erik Green
    Pages 265-272
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 273-286

About this book


‘This is a desperately needed book. It not only surveys the field of African economic history at the level of undergraduate students, but provides several fresh perspectives, drawing on insights from the latest research on the evolution of African societies and their economic prosperity. This valuable source of teaching material will be the premier text on African economic history for at least the next decade.’
—Johan Fourie, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

This upper level textbook offers a historical understanding of sub-Saharan Africa. By looking at the economic history of the African region from before the arrival of European territorial control all the way through to Africa’s integration in the current era of globalisation, readers can understand the development paths for African countries today. Organisation of production, social structures, trade, and governance are key factors in the discussion about African success stories and failures.

Suitable reading for upper level undergraduates, MSc and postgraduate students, in addition to policy makers and development practitioners looking for a comprehensive overview of Africa from an economic and social perspective. Hillbom and Green also provide a starting point for the study of African economic history for those who would like to continue their own research in this area.


African economic governance Colonialism Imperialism Neo-colonialism Neo-imperialism African development Sub-Saharan Africa Trade networks in Africa African economic integration African political integration Scramble for Africa Imperialist theory Economic stratification Agricultural development Human capital formation African economic history China-Africa relations Economic historiography Economic Development in sub-Saharan Africa

Authors and affiliations

  • Ellen Hillbom
    • 1
  • Erik Green
    • 2
  1. 1.Lund UniversityLundSweden
  2. 2.Lund UniversityLundSweden

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