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A History of Madagascar
by Mervyn Brown
Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. It is a unique blend of Asia and African culture. Although close to the East Coast of Africa, Madagascar came to be inhabited by sea-faring peoples from present day Indonesia. Although so close to the east coast of Africa where traces of human existence go back hundreds of thousands years, Madagascar was uninhabited unt ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published December 2nd 2016 by Markus Wiener Publishers
(first published January 1st 2001)
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Brown's book provides a comprehensive look at Madagascar's history. Having visited Madagascar a few years ago, I can see how the undercurrents of history have affected the country today. The book also explains why Madagascar is different from the rest of Africa. A fellow traveler on my flight to Madagascar noticed me reading this book and told me that it was very good. Although it can be dry reading in some parts (especially the beginning) I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to lea ...more
Very comprehensive and thorough history of Madagascar, from pre-history and the interesting early immigrations to the island from Polynesia and to some extent, Africa, through the contacts with Europeans and the ultimate colonization by Arabs and the French to independence. Interesting chapters on the unique flora and fauna as well as Madagascars's unique geographic isolation from the rest of the world. Not fully African, it's not easily quantifiable.