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Madagascar: A Short History

Madagascar A Short History Two thousand years ago the island of Madagascar was likely uninhabited Its unique flora and fauna had gone totally undisturbed by human contact until the first navigators landed on its shores No one

  • Title: Madagascar: A Short History
  • Author: Solofo Randrianja Stephen Ellis
  • ISBN: 9780226704203
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Paperback
  • Two thousand years ago, the island of Madagascar was likely uninhabited Its unique flora and fauna had gone totally undisturbed by human contact until the first navigators landed on its shores No one knows where those first inhabitants hailed from, but over the centuries Madagascar developed its own distinctive language and cultural systems The only recent history of itTwo thousand years ago, the island of Madagascar was likely uninhabited Its unique flora and fauna had gone totally undisturbed by human contact until the first navigators landed on its shores No one knows where those first inhabitants hailed from, but over the centuries Madagascar developed its own distinctive language and cultural systems The only recent history of its kind in English, Madagascar, traces two millennia of human activity in one of the world s most fascinating, yet least known, societies In graceful prose, Solofo Randrianja and Stephen Ellis, both leading historians of Madagascar, elucidate the three main phases of its history the earliest settlements, the age of kingdoms, and the island s entry into intercontinental systems of commerce and exchange, including over sixty years under French rule Through the course of this colorful and turbulent history, Randrianja and Ellis explore the tensions between the development of a unique culture and the absorption of immigrants, the development of strong social hierarchies, and the long lasting effects of slavery and the slave trade.

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    1. There's not so much literature regarding Madagascar, so I compliment the effort of these two authors (who spent half a century writing this book apparently).The book is not too long, but it spans from the early settlement on Madagascar (around 500) to 2002.Before reading this, my knowledge of this country was close to nothing. Now I can say, I have an outline and an idea how this island got to be. The writing was a bit difficult, probably more enjoyable for historians, but I learned a lot of int [...]

    2. For me, Madagascar always had an appealing and mysterious ring to it. It's just not a nation you ever hear much about, and yet it's quite a large country. I didn't know the first thing about the place until I read this book. I found it fascinating. It wasn't the easiest reading, but I sort of figured that would be the case. If you have any interest in Madagascar, I recommend this book (There aren't too many to choose from.).

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