Africa today is a continent of vast potential and extreme challenges. Confronted by the aftereffects of colonialism and the slave trade, many Africans live in a world fraught with political unrest, dictatorship, civil war, poverty, and disease. Yet, the human and material resources of Africa remain enormous. Here, in this title, a part of the illustrated "Cultural Atlas for Young People" series, it is the history and geography of Africa that is presented. As is the case with other books in this rich series, Africa does not disappoint. Presented with an eye toward the past, the first section of Africa lays out the history of this diverse continent. Concepts such as past African empires, the colonial era, and the slave trade are prominent elements of part one. Part two focuses on the cultural geography of the many regions of Africa. In both sections of this amply illustrated text, readers are provided a capable introduction to the broad subject at hand. Like other books in this series, Africa is a useful resource for younger readers either studying or reading for pleasure. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
Africaby Jocelyn Murray
Africa, Revised Edition brings to life the rich and varied history and culture of the African continent. Through text, illustrations and photos, maps and charts, the reader gains an understanding of the ancient kingdoms of Africa as well as the place the continent holds in the modern world. Although most of Africa has been known to the rest of the world for little more than 200 years, it has a rich and varied history extending back many centuries before the arrival of Europeans. Africa was a cradle of civilization, the birthplace of the first human beings, and the home of the world's first agriculturists. The atlas is divided into two sections: Part One examines the story of the continent prior to written records through the ancient Greek and Roman periods to the emergence of present-day African cultures and societies. This rich history is brought to life with vivid illustrations, and supporting maps identify specific themes or topics in the main text. Part Two looks at the countries and peoples of modern Africa. Maps provide details of towns, cities, rivers, country borders, and much more. Specialized sections include information on the African slave trade; the spread of Islam in Africa; religions, peoples, and languages of Africa; education and literacy; African art; and music and dance.
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