Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “When We Ruled: The Ancient and Medieval History of Black Civilisations” as Want to Read:
When We Ruled: The Ancient and Medieval History of Black Civilisations
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

When We Ruled: The Ancient and Medieval History of Black Civilisations

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  149 ratings  ·  8 reviews
When We Ruled is by far the best general work on the ancient and medieval history of Black people there has ever been.

This landmark publication, which is superbly illustrated with high quality photographs, maps and drawings, provides an extraordinary and cutting-edge synthesis of the archaeological data, the documentary evidence, and the historical linguistic research. It
Hardcover, 713 pages
Published 2006 by Every Generation Media
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.40  · 
Rating details
 ·  149 ratings  ·  8 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Sep 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The amount of research that has gone into this book is very impressive. I found the chapter on "Survey of Documents" particularly interesting in outlining what modern European 'explorers' saw when they arrived on the continent. These documents are available for review - I took six references at random and found them all on the Internet with one complete work available for download!

With the wealth of information covered in this work one realises that Africa has always been in the mainstream of hi
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Robin Walker has written an extremely valuable and comprehensive book of over 700 pages.
Mr. Robin Walker, a man of African ancestry, was born in London England in the belly of the Eurocentric beast.
Yet he has managed to free his mind and boldly confront the very subtle and equally sophisticated attempts to smother his consciousness and his intellectual outlook with cultural and national biases.
When We Ruled is a book that should be read by every American. It is a book that surveys the long fasci
One of the most concise books on African history
Oct 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
This is one of the most poorly written books I have ever read. I bought this book for my university library at the recommendation of a book review I read in the Museum Association's Museum Journal by regular writer Felicity Heywood. She promised an authoritative chronicle of 5 million years of African civilization, and that although it was academic in its approach, the writing was accessible. Other reviews I've read claim that this well-researched book fills in all the missing history absent fro ...more
Steven Piet
Sep 08, 2015 rated it liked it

Yesterday I finished reading “When We Ruled” by Robin Walker. The book was published in 2006. Walker is sometimes known as the “Black History Man.”

From Amazon: “In twenty two chapters, When We Ruled examines the nature of what we call Black history; critically surveying the often-shoddy documentation of that history. Importantly, it focuses upon African civilization in the Valley of the Nile and analyzes the key historical phases of Ancient Egypt--critical exercises for any professed scholar of
Nikhil P. Freeman
Wealth of information, excellent sources, historical facts from different sources speak for themselves, but the text needed a serious editor. Too many unnecessary grammatical errors and certain sections were positioned strangely in the text. Not a punctuation massacre, but something is wrong in a book when "Mr." is lacking a period in multiple places. The endnotes and bibliography make up for the grammatical traumas.
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm not actually reading this but another Robin Walker book about pre-slave-trade African history.
Sean Liburd
rated it really liked it
Oct 12, 2010
rated it liked it
Dec 19, 2017
ahmad mussenden
rated it really liked it
Oct 18, 2015
Kwame Gebre-medhin
rated it it was amazing
Nov 01, 2014
Jekiel Garvey
rated it it was amazing
Sep 27, 2018
Rodney Hill
rated it it was amazing
Dec 05, 2017
rated it it was amazing
Jul 07, 2016
rated it it was amazing
Jul 27, 2012
Mark Leacock
rated it it was amazing
Apr 19, 2015
Emanuel Page
rated it really liked it
Oct 05, 2016
rated it really liked it
Jan 19, 2016
Edna Janette Herring Reid
rated it it was amazing
Mar 09, 2015
rated it it was amazing
Mar 30, 2017
Edmond Francois
rated it it was amazing
Jul 15, 2013
rated it it was amazing
Mar 19, 2014
Tiv Taylor
rated it it was amazing
Jun 09, 2017
T. Marshall
rated it really liked it
Jan 28, 2017
Mike Eastwood
rated it it was amazing
Nov 22, 2016
Tiv Taylor
rated it it was amazing
Nov 26, 2016
rated it it was amazing
Dec 02, 2013
rated it it was amazing
Dec 30, 2017
Ori Kongo
rated it it was amazing
Nov 18, 2015
TamaraRenee Stuckey
rated it really liked it
Nov 01, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Black Genesis: The Prehistoric Origins of Ancient Egypt
  • The West and the Rest of Us: White Predators, Black Slavers and the African Elite
  • World's Great Men of Color, Volume I
  • The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality
  • Flash of the Spirit: African & Afro-American Art & Philosophy
  • Christopher Columbus and the Afrikan Holocaust: Slavery and the Rise of European Capitalism
  • Blueprint for Black Power: A Moral, Political, and Economic Imperative for the Twenty-First Century
  • Stolen Legacy
  • Africa in History
  • Indaba My Children
  • From Babylon to Timbuktu: A History of the Ancient Black Races Including the Black Hebrews
  • Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race From 4500 B.C. To 2000 A.D.
  • They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America
  • African Presence in Early Asia
  • How to Write about Africa
  • Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Africa's Future
  • Thomas Sankara Speaks: The Burkina Faso Revolution, 1983-87
  • Introduction To African Civilizations
See similar books…