The History of Africa

The History of Africa
Author: Molefi Kete Asante
Release: 2014-10-10
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 418
ISBN: 9781135013493
Language: en
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There is a paradox about Africa: it remains a subject that attracts considerable attention yet rarely is there a full appreciation of its complexity. African historiography has typically consisted of writing Africa for Europe—instead of writing Africa for itself, as itself, from its own perspectives. The History of Africa redresses this by letting the perspectives of Africans themselves take center stage. Authoritative and comprehensive, this book provides a wide-ranging history of Africa from earliest prehistory to the present day—using the cultural, social, political, and economic lenses of Africa as instruments to illuminate the ordinary lives of Africans. The result is a fresh survey that includes a wealth of indigenous ideas, African concepts, and traditional outlooks that have escaped the writing of African history in the West. The new edition includes information on the Arab Spring, the rise of FrancAfrica, the presence of the Chinese in Africa, and the birth of South Sudan. The chapters go up to the present day, addressing US President Barack Obama's policies toward Africa. A new companion website provides students and scholars of Africa with access to a wealth of supporting resources for each chapter, including images, video and audio clips, and links to sites for further research. This straightforward, illustrated, and factual text allows the reader to access the major developments, personalities, and events on the African continent. This groundbreaking survey is an indispensable guide to African history.

A History of Africa

A History of Africa
Author: KEVIN SHILLINGTON
Release: 1995-01-01
Editor: Macmillan International Higher Education
Pages: 528
ISBN: 9781137524812
Language: en
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This fourth edition of this best-selling core history textbook offers a richly illustrated, single volume, narrative introduction to African history, from a hugely respected authority in the field. The market-leading range of illustrated material from prior editions is now further improved, featuring not only additional and redrawn maps and a refreshed selection of photographs, but the addition of full colour to make these even more instructive, evocative and attractive. Already hugely popular on introductory African History courses, the book has been widely praised for its engaging and readable style, and is unrivalled in scope, both geographically and chronologically - while many competitors limit themselves to certain regions or eras, Shillington chronicles the entire continent, from prehistory right up to the present day. For this new edition, both content and layout have been thoroughly refreshed and restructured to make this wealth of material easily navigable, and even more appealing to students unfamiliar with the subject.

The Cambridge History of Africa

The Cambridge History of Africa
Author: J. D. Fage,Michael Crowder,Roland Anthony Oliver
Release: 1975
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Pages: 1030
ISBN: 0521224098
Language: en
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Specialists in various aspects of African history and civilization contribute to an integrated portrait of internal and foreign influences on the course of Africa's development

A History of Africa

A History of Africa
Author: John Fage,with William Tordoff
Release: 2013-10-23
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 640
ISBN: 9781317797265
Language: en
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A History of Africa is a thorough narrative history of the continent from its beginnings to the twenty-first century. Long established at the forefront of African Studies, this book addresses the events of the 1990s and beyond. The issues discussed include: post-apartheid South Africa the prospects for democratization in Africa at the beginning of the new millennium developments in Muslim North Africa including the threat of Islamic fundamentalism economic and social developments including the devastating impact of Third World debt and the provision of debt relief cultural, environmental and gender issues in Modern Africa.

Methodology and African Prehistory

Methodology and African Prehistory
Author: Joseph Ki-Zerbo
Release: 1981
Editor: UNESCO
Pages: 819
ISBN: 9789231017070
Language: en
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One of UNESCO's most important publishing projects in the last thirty years, the General History of Africa marks a major breakthrough in the recognition of Africa's cultural heritage. Offering an internal perspective of Africa, the eight-volume work provides a comprehensive approach to the history of ideas, civilizations, societies and institutions of African history. The volumes also discuss historical relationships among Africans as well as multilateral interactions with other cultures and continents.

Africans

Africans
Author: John Iliffe
Release: 1995-08-25
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Pages: 323
ISBN: 0521484227
Language: en
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A comprehensive history of Africa from the origins of mankind to the late twentieth century.

Bantus The Untold HiStory of Africa and Her People from Creation

 Bantus  The Untold HiStory of Africa and Her People from Creation
Author: Mukololo Wa Luvhalani Takalani Dube
Release: 2021-08-17
Editor: Pageturner Press and Media
Pages: 398
ISBN: 1638714525
Language: en
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It is not unusual for Continental and Diaspora Africans to feel Confused and Effaced Whenever they read up on the History of Africa and her People. Non Africans tell me that they feel as if they are reading an incomplete story... This Synoptic History of Africa from Creation to date, decodes the Dominions' Denials, Silences and outright Erasures of Africans from their Continent which causes this Effacement and incompleteness. The Book Challenges the Bantuist Migratory Theory, Interrogates the Name of the Continent, Exposes Its People and their Contributions to Civilisation by unveiling the various personalities of Ancient Africa, Iberia, Israel and Arabia at large, as well as the Relationship of these Nations with each other and how they have contributed to Today's African People.The Book further Narrates African Culture, Philosophy and ubuNtu Belief System. Colonialism, its drivers, impact and Legacy on Africa is discussed and South African History is narrated more comprehensively from the 1600s as an example of the evolution of Countries in Africa secondary to this Imperialism. The Author Concludes the book with some suggestions on How Africa can begin to Heal herself, Assert herself in the 4IR and beyond, whilst, Reclaiming her Position amongst the World's Nations as an Equal.

Africa s Development in Historical Perspective

Africa s Development in Historical Perspective
Author: Emmanuel Akyeampong,Robert H. Bates,Nathan Nunn,James Robinson
Release: 2014-08-11
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Pages: 420
ISBN: 9781107041158
Language: en
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Why has Africa remained persistently poor over its recorded history? Has Africa always been poor? What has been the nature of Africa's poverty and how do we explain its origins? This volume takes a necessary interdisciplinary approach to these questions by bringing together perspectives from archaeology, linguistics, history, anthropology, political science, and economics. Several contributors note that Africa's development was at par with many areas of Europe in the first millennium of the Common Era. Why Africa fell behind is a key theme in this volume, with insights that should inform Africa's developmental strategies.

Africans

Africans
Author: John Iliffe
Release: 2007-08-13
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Pages: 329
ISBN: 1139464248
Language: en
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In a vast and all-embracing study of Africa, from the origins of mankind to the AIDS epidemic, John Iliffe refocuses its history on the peopling of an environmentally hostile continent. Africans have been pioneers struggling against disease and nature, and their social, economic and political institutions have been designed to ensure their survival. In the context of medical progress and other twentieth-century innovations, however, the same institutions have bred the most rapid population growth the world has ever seen. Africans: The History of a Continent is thus a single story binding living Africans to their earliest human ancestors.

The Fortunes of Africa

The Fortunes of Africa
Author: Martin Meredith
Release: 2014-10-14
Editor: PublicAffairs
Pages: 784
ISBN: 9781610394604
Language: en
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Africa has been coveted for its riches ever since the era of the Pharaohs. In past centuries, it was the lure of gold, ivory, and slaves that drew fortune-seekers, merchant-adventurers, and conquerors from afar. In modern times, the focus of attention is on oil, diamonds, and other valuable minerals. Land was another prize. The Romans relied on their colonies in northern Africa for vital grain shipments to feed the population of Rome. Arab invaders followed in their wake, eventually colonizing the entire region. More recently, foreign corporations have acquired huge tracts of land to secure food supplies needed abroad, just as the Romans did. In this vast and vivid panorama of history, Martin Meredith follows the fortunes of Africa over a period of 5,000 years. With compelling narrative, he traces the rise and fall of ancient kingdoms and empires; the spread of Christianity and Islam; the enduring quest for gold and other riches; the exploits of explorers and missionaries; and the impact of European colonization. He examines, too, the fate of modern African states and concludes with a glimpse of their future. His cast of characters includes religious leaders, mining magnates, warlords, dictators, and many other legendary figures—among them Mansa Musa, ruler of the medieval Mali empire, said to be the richest man the world has ever known. “I speak of Africa,” Shakespeare wrote, “and of golden joys.” This is history on an epic scale.

Africa and the Africans in the Nineteenth Century A Turbulent History

Africa and the Africans in the Nineteenth Century  A Turbulent History
Author: Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch,Mary Baker
Release: 2015-02-12
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781317477495
Language: en
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Most histories seek to understand modern Africa as a troubled outcome of nineteenth century European colonialism, but that is only a small part of the story. In this celebrated book, beautifully translated from the French edition, the history of Africa in the nineteenth century unfolds from the perspective of Africans themselves rather than the European powers.It was above all a time of tremendous internal change on the African continent. Great jihads of Muslim conquest and conversion swept over West Africa. In the interior, warlords competed to control the internal slave trade. In the east, the sultanate of Zanzibar extended its reach via coastal and interior trade routes. In the north, Egypt began to modernize while Algeria was colonized. In the south, a series of forced migrations accelerated, spurred by the progression of white settlement.Through much of the century African societies assimilated and adapted to the changes generated by these diverse forces. In the end, the West's technological advantage prevailed and most of Africa fell under European control and lost its independence. Yet only by taking into account the rich complexity of this tumultuous past can we fully understand modern Africa from the colonial period to independence and the difficulties of today.

The History and Description of Africa and of the Notable Things Therein Contained

The History and Description of Africa and of the Notable Things Therein Contained
Author: Leo (Africanus)
Release: 1896
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 1119
ISBN: PSU:000008676719
Language: en
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UNESCO General History of Africa Vol III Abridged Edition

UNESCO General History of Africa  Vol  III  Abridged Edition
Author: Unesco. International Scientific Committee for the Drafting of a General History of Africa
Release: 1992-11-03
Editor: Univ of California Press
Pages: 398
ISBN: 0520066987
Language: en
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"The book first places Africa in the context of world history at the opening of the seventh century, before examining the general impact of Islamic penetration, the continuing expansion of the Bantu-speaking peoples, and the growth of civilizations in the Sudanic zones of West Africa"--Back cover.

Empires in the Sun

Empires in the Sun
Author: Lawrence James
Release: 2016-11-03
Editor: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780297870296
Language: en
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In this compelling history of the men and ideas that radically changed the course of world history, Lawrence James investigates and analyses how, within a hundred years, Europeans persuaded and coerced Africa into becoming a subordinate part of the modern world. His narrative is laced with the experiences of participants and onlookers and introduces the men and women who, for better or worse, stamped their wills on Africa. The continent was a magnet for the high-minded, the philanthropic, the unscrupulous and the insane. Visionary pro-consuls rubbed shoulders with missionaries, explorers, soldiers, adventurers, engineers, big-game hunters, entrepreneurs and physicians. Between 1830 and 1945, Britain, France, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Italy and the United States exported their languages, laws, culture, religions, scientific and technical knowledge and economic systems to Africa. The colonial powers imposed administrations designed to bring stability and peace to a continent that seemed to lack both. The justification for occupation was emancipation from slavery - and the common assumption that late nineteenth-century Europe was the summit of civilisation. By 1945 a transformed continent was preparing to take charge of its own affairs, a process of decolonisation that took a mere twenty or so years. Yet there remained areas where European influence was limited (Liberia, Abyssinia). Through inertia and a desire for a quiet time, Africa's new masters left much undisturbed, and so this magnificent history also pauses to ask: what did not happen and why?

Generale History of Africa

Generale History of Africa
Author: Wondji, Christophe,Ali A. Mazrui
Release: 1993-01-01
Editor: UNESCO
Pages: 1072
ISBN: 9789231027581
Language: en
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One of UNESCO's most important publishing projects in the last thirty years, the General History of Africa marks a major breakthrough in the recognition of Africa's cultural heritage. Offering an internal perspective of Africa, the eight-volume work provides a comprehensive approach to the history of ideas, civilizations, societies and institutions of African history. The volumes also discuss historical relationships among Africans as well as multilateral interactions with other cultures and continents.

Africa in History

Africa in History
Author: Basil Davidson
Release: 1968
Editor: New York : Paladin
Pages: 318
ISBN: UCAL:B3852905
Language: en
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Arranged chronologically, the essays in this book--each brilliantly introduced by the editor--deal with the way art and culture interact in modern times. Each author focuses on one aspect of modern art and its relation to culture by analyzing, questioning or refuting the ideas about art that people just assume are true.The essays are also grouped into one of four different models used by art theorists today: the formalist (in which the works of art describe the processes of making art), the avant-garde (art that threatens the status quo), the contextualist (in which art can exist only in a specific situation or context), and the post-modernist (stating that art is not completely detached from popular culture).Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

Doing Conceptual History in Africa

Doing Conceptual History in Africa
Author: Axel Fleisch,Rhiannon Stephens
Release: 2016-05-23
Editor: Berghahn Books
Pages: 258
ISBN: 9781785331640
Language: en
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Employing an innovative methodological toolkit, Doing Conceptual History in Africa provides a refreshingly broad and interdisciplinary approach to African historical studies. The studies assembled here focus on the complex role of language in Africa's historical development, with a particular emphasis on pragmatics and semantics. From precolonial dynamics of wealth and poverty to the conceptual foundations of nationalist movements, each contribution strikes a balance between the local and the global, engaging with a distinctively African intellectual tradition while analyzing the regional and global contexts in which categories like "work," "marriage," and "land" take shape.

UNESCO General History of Africa Vol III Abridged Edition

UNESCO General History of Africa  Vol  III  Abridged Edition
Author: Unesco. International Scientific Committee for the Drafting of a General History of Africa
Release: 1992-11-03
Editor: Univ of California Press
Pages: 398
ISBN: 9780520066984
Language: en
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"The book first places Africa in the context of world history at the opening of the seventh century, before examining the general impact of Islamic penetration, the continuing expansion of the Bantu-speaking peoples, and the growth of civilizations in the Sudanic zones of West Africa"--Back cover.

West Africa in History

West Africa in History
Author: Paul Conton,W. F. Conton
Release: 2019-09-19
Editor: Volume
Pages: 168
ISBN: 0049660047
Language: en
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This book provides a fascinating summary of African history over 5000 years, from the Stone Age to the classical Greek and Roman era, through the 'medieval' period of the kingdoms of the Western Sudan and into the colonial era. This is far beyond the time span normally covered in history texts, and it empowers Conton to sweeping conclusions. The style and language are simple in this text, originally intended for West African secondary school students, but the concepts the author explores are universal and still very topical. Writing from a very definite point of view, his reach in space and time is vast, drawing on historical evidence from around the globe, from ancient, classical, medieval and pre-modern sources and from local, oral traditions. Unafraid of controversy, he confidently quotes Herodotus' account of the early circumnavigation of Africa before he describes the slow, patient achievement of this objective by the Portuguese some 2,000 years later. He raises the possibility that the Yoruba may have actually come from Egypt, an "advanced civilization" which he maintains "probably had at least one [black] community." He dwells at length on the "great" African empires of Ghana, Mali and Songhai, all the while backing up his history with sources, detailed maps and photographic evidence of the rich culture of ancient West Africa. This book provides a very useful background to the general reader interested in a fuller understanding of the region.

African History A Very Short Introduction

African History  A Very Short Introduction
Author: John (School of Oriental and African Studies Parker, University of London),John Parker,Richard (Honorary Professor of History Rathbone, University of Aberystwyth),Richard Rathbone
Release: 2007-03-22
Editor: Oxford University Press
Pages: 165
ISBN: 9780192802484
Language: en
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Intended for those interested in the African continent and the diversity of human history, this work looks at Africa's past and reflects on the changing ways it has been imagined and represented. It illustrates key themes in modern thinking about Africa's history with a range of historical examples.