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A Short History of Africa

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Dramatic alterations in political power have corrected the once prevalent vision of a European-centered world. While the centers of European culture flourished, decayed and sprouted in turn, empires in Africa rose, ruled, resisted, and succumbed. Much of Africa's past has now been excavated from ignorance and error, revealing a rich and previously little-known human herita

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Published August 1st 2009 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1962)
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Juanita Rice
What does one ask of a history of Africa, particularly a short one? I asked, particularly, for something readable which was not so conservative that I flew into fits of argumentative bad temper every few pages. I don't know African history well, but I do know Imperialism and its dismal past.
This book was not bad at all, for an edition that was begun in 1961 by "old hand" Africanists in English academia.(It has been continually re-edited through 1990.) I wanted something that was general enough t
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Tim
Not the most recent scholarship or the deepest investigations, but it is good to look at this overview of all of African history from two of the modern founders of the discipline. Especially since I am woefully ignorant of it except where it intercepts with the history of the Mediterranean (Egypt), of Islam, and of Europe (slave trade, colonialism, and 20th century political and religious developments). Heavier on European involvements in the 19th and 20th centuries, the book always left me wan ...more
Stephen
Covers too vast a subject in too few pages to be very readable or helpful. It has its moments of insight, but overall a better history would be more useful. The final chapters are too Eurocentric, the middle chapters too dense, and the beginning chapters too erroneous. p.s. I read the 1965 second edition, so I'm sure that didn't help matters much.
Daniel
Interesting in large part because of it's release in the mid-1960s, the author's do a good job of covering pre-colonial Africa and covering the continent. It's an admirable short history of the continent.
Clive
Eurocentric, not enlightening, traditional history. The narrator made no attempt to pronounce African and Africaans words correctly.
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