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The Civilizations of Africa: A History to 1800
With his focus on precolonial Africa, Christopher Ehret provides in The Civilizations of Africa: A History to 1800 a remarkably complete and original overview of African history during the long periods sparsely covered in most other general histories of the continent. He examines African inventions and civilizations from 16,000 BCE to 1800 CE from the northern tip of Tunis ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published May 9th 2002 by University of Virginia Press
(first published April 2002)
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They don't teach this in school at all. What was happening in Africa when the Romans were doing their thing? A lot, and some of the ancient ruins in Africa are as impressive as those we see in Europe. One of the most important things this book makes clear, is that Africa is not the monolithic block we think of in the US. It was a tremendously varied and diverse place, with more languages and cultures than Europe ever had. 500 year old empires larger than Rome thrived in Southern Africa during th ...more