* It covers Southern Africa section of the Cambridge Overseas Syllabus. * It describes extensively the pre-colonial societies of Southern Africa: from the earliest peoples through to modern times. * It includes a detailed survey of African reaction to the extension of European control: from early resistance through to the nationalism of the twentieth century. * This new edition brings the book up-to-date with several new chapters, including one on South Africa in the modern world. * Valuable learning aids are included at the end of chapters in the form of summaries, comprehension and longer exam-type questions. * A useful time chart and glossary of difficult terms is included at the end of the book. * The book is highly illustrated and includes many new photographs and maps.