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History of Africa

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Now fully revised and updated, this classic text offers an illustrated and critical narrative introduction to the history of Africa from earliest times to the present. Beginning with the evolution of mankind itself, the book traces the history of Africa through the millennia of the ancient world to the centuries of medieval and modern Africa. The clear and simple language ...more
Paperback, Revised, Second Edition, 450 pages
Published October 14th 2005 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published 1989)
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Brent McCulley
Oct 17, 2013 Brent McCulley rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
Shillington's "History of Africa" serves its purpose; namely, an introduction and historical survey of the history of Africa from ancient to modern time. The historical accuracy of the text - especially concerning the time before the bronze age - is seriously dubious, and moot at best. The scholarly work is suspiciously absent concerning such periods of ambiguity, and Shillington doesn't have any problem taking only one side of the historical research and offering it on a silver platter as histo ...more
Nov 16, 2010 Joanna rated it really liked it
The best instructive book on African History yet. Detailed, researched, clear; a good African history book.
David Withun
Jun 10, 2012 David Withun rated it liked it
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I have to be honest and admit that until reading this book I was very uninformed about the history of Africa outside of Egypt and Ethiopia and in any other periods than the ancient and Medieval. This book was a great general introduction to the history of Africa from the dawn of man through to modern times. The illustrations and pictures, both modern and historic, that were featured were very helpful in bringing the subjects to life. The flow of the text itself helped very much in connecting the ...more
Feb 15, 2012 Maddie rated it it was ok
Shelves: college
I tend to dislike history textbooks in general because they try too hard to cover too extensive of a swath of history without getting into any of the personality behind why things happened. I do admit that I would have been completely lost in reading more personal accounts of African history had I not had this to kind of form a chronological framework on which to place things. I was irritated by the fact that an extensive part of the first chapter warned against the problems of looking at histor ...more
Kara Daliha
Feb 15, 2016 Kara Daliha rated it it was amazing
Get this book. Wonderfully comprehensive, great illustrations, insightful and honest input from the editors. How history is written truly tells us what to think of the past and present. This history is important as is the way it is told.

Americans shouldn't have to take a college course to learn African history. I learned so much from this text that I know just learning American history I was cheated from knowing this that should've been taught. African history is world history. If you're of Afri
Apr 02, 2008 Huyen rated it really liked it
clear and instructive.
It's good names are starting to ring bell. I found the early history of Africa fascinating and it's amazing this part of the world has been largely ignored and cut off from European history books. sometimes, the details get quite tedious.
I'd love to have seen Shillington explore the impact of poor "expert" advice to African leaders and the role of the IMF in the African economies a little bit more.
Jan 16, 2012 Wale rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, highly instructive and readable -which cannot be said for most works of this genre. A textbook that does not read like one; rich in information, maps, pictures and illustrations; all features that I am sure will make this book a constant reference point for anyone who reads it. A highly recommended starting point for anyone interested in the continent and its experience.
Dec 07, 2010 Joost rated it liked it
A very through and enlightning overview of Africa's history up to the present day.
The main foci seem to be Africa pre-1800 and 1800-1900.
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