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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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George Roper
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tucked away on a bookshelf in my parents home since I was a teenage boy was this book entitled "A Short History of Africa" by Roland Oliver and J.D. Fage. I made a promise to myself in the 1980s, when I was at university, that one day I would start reading the book. That promise has been honored and I am glad I kept it. The basis for my satisfaction is not due to the quality or style of the authors' writing - not that there are any major problems there.

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Tim
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 20, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 20th-century
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
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eurocentric, not enlightening, traditional history. The narrator made no attempt to pronounce African and Africaans words correctly.
Cody
May 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A more apt title would be "A Short History of Colonial Interests in Africa". Almost entirely useless.
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