The Origins of African Population Growth

  title={The Origins of African Population Growth},
  author={John Henry Iliffe},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={165 - 169}
  • J. Iliffe
  • Published 1 March 1989
  • History, Economics
  • The Journal of African History
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