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Posted October 2, 2003
David Northrup has done a great job in AFRICA'S DISCOVERY OF EUROPE, 1450-1850. Not only does he view African history from an African (not European) point of view and challenge the dominant tendency to see Africans as passive victims rather than active participants, but he also lets the reader glimpse a wide variety of individual Africans. When possible, he lets them speak directly, and he always emphasizes their diverse experiences, opinions, and motivations. African rulers and other elites, slaves and ex-slaves, traders and converts, Eurafricans and African vistors in Europe move through the pages as Northrup traces their reactions to Europeans and European imports (from guns to religion to textiles to tobacco) over a period of 400 years. Though well-documented, the 200-page volume does not overwhelm the general reader with excessive detail, and the style is very readable. Strongly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 29, 2009
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