James McDougall is Laithwaite Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Trinity College, Oxford. He previously taught at Princeton University, New Jersey and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has been a member of the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of African History and the International Journal of Middle East Studies. His publications include History and the Culture of Nationalism in Algeria (Cambridge, 2006), Saharan Frontiers: Space and Mobility in Northwest Africa (with Judith Scheele, 2012) and Global and Local in Algeria and Morocco: The World, the State and the Village (with Robert P. Parks, 2015).
Ideal for novices and specialists alike, North Africa begins with an acknowledgment that defining this area has presented challenges throughout history. Naylor's survey encompasses the Paleolithic period and early Egyptian cultures, leading readers through the pharonic dynasties, the conflicts with Rome and Carthage, the rise of Islam, the growth of the Ottoman Empire, European incursions, and the postcolonial prospects for Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Western Sahara.
Emphasizing the importance of encounters and interactions among civilizations, North Africa maps a prominent future for scholarship about this pivotal region.
Now with a new afterword that surveys the "North African Spring" uprisings that roiled the region from 2011 to 2013, this is the most comprehensive history of North Africa to date, with accessible, in-depth chapters covering the pre-Islamic period through colonization and independence.