It retains the clear and direct style which has made the first edition so popular with history students thrughout the world. It is an ideal single-volume introduction for all students of West African history and for the general reader. Features include: 24 chapters cover the entire history of West Africa from spread of Islam to the present day. New maps illustrate the major themes of West African history. Main Political facts of West Africa since independence are summarised in an easy-to-remember table.