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A Short History of Africa: From the Origins of the Human Race to the Arab Spring

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Africa. The cradle of civilisation. From the dawn of human time in prehistoric Africa right through to the so-called 'Arab Spring' of 2011, Gordon Kerr offers a comprehensive introduction to the sprawling history of this enormous continent. He begins with the origins of the human race and the development of stone age technology, through ancient and medieval times and the s ...more
ebook, 160 pages
Published December 19th 2011 by Pocket Essentials
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John
Jul 30, 2015 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too short! He jumps around from place to place and people to people so quickly and often that you never get oriented. There doesn't seem to be a really fine standard text for African history anywhere.
Magdalena
It was very detailed, giving many names and tribal location, but did not provide any maps to help locate these many many tribes mentioned. Many facts are only mentioned very breifly (Zulu wars) and others got too much space.
Overall I did not enjoy it as much as "A Short History of Polar Exploration", which is from the same series.
John Mountford
It is what it says it is. Read it, if you don't have the time for the longer ones. Well written.
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Gordon Kerr was born in the Scottish new town of East Kilbride and worked in the wine trade and then bookselling and publishing before becoming a full-time writer. He is the author of numerous books in a variety of genres, including art, history, true crime, travel and humour. He has a wife and two children and lives in Hampshire and – when he can – South West France.
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