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Professor Patrick Manning's book is a modern interpretation essay on African history. The study seeks to reconstruct past reality of slavery and African life. The book therefore, covers the period from sixteenth century onwards. As an introduction to the subject of slavery in Africa; he argues that many studies on slavery in Africa have rarely mentioned the continent and mostly have concentrated on the plantations slavery in the Americas. slavery and African life according to Manning is an attempt to summarize and the impact of slavery on Africans. The study places slavery in Africa in a wider global context. The book is based on three pillars: Number one, the it looks at the African economic and social life and how it was transformed by the slave trade from the seventh century to nineteenth century. Manning argues that the slave trade was not a "long misfortune for Africa" but, a series of transfomative misfortunes. Number two, external transformations came mainly from European, Middle Eastern and Asian demand for slaves. Number three, transformation from within Africa itself through conflict among various societies (p. 8-9, p.26).
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