Encyclopedia of Africa: Two-volume set

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The Encyclopedia of Africa presents the most up-to-date and thorough reference on this region of ever-growing importance in world history, politics, and culture. Its core is comprised of the entries focusing on African history and culture from 2005's acclaimed five-volume Africana - nearly two-thirds of these 1,300 entries have been updated, revised, and expanded to reflect the most recent scholarship. Organized in an A-Z format, the articles cover prominent individuals, events, trends, places, political ...

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Overview

The Encyclopedia of Africa presents the most up-to-date and thorough reference on this region of ever-growing importance in world history, politics, and culture. Its core is comprised of the entries focusing on African history and culture from 2005's acclaimed five-volume Africana - nearly two-thirds of these 1,300 entries have been updated, revised, and expanded to reflect the most recent scholarship. Organized in an A-Z format, the articles cover prominent individuals, events, trends, places, political movements, art forms, business and trade, religions, ethnic groups, organizations, and countries throughout Africa. There are articles on contemporary nations of sub-Saharan Africa, ethnic groups from various regions of Africa, and European colonial powers. Other examples include Congo River, Ivory trade, Mau Mau rebellion, and Pastoralism. The Encyclopedia of Africa is sure to become the essential resource in the field.

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"The Encyclopedia of Africa is well written and enjoyably readable...with major scholars (J. Lorand Matory, Ali Mazrui, et al.) contributing substantive, even pathbreaking work. Highly recommended."—CHOICE
Library Journal
Gates and Appiah collaborated on the second edition of Oxford's superb five-volume Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African-American Experience (2005). This work draws most of its content from that set, focusing on and adding to the entries about Africa. Although the publisher claims that nearly two-thirds of the previously used content was updated, revised, and expanded, this reviewer found no differences in the entries checked. The format and layout are not nearly as attractive in these new volumes: maps are smaller, photos are less numerous, and the 200 illustrations are all black and white, rendering some of them not only less visually appealing but also less informative. Color over section headings and under entry headings may be unnecessary, but color in maps can provide information that grayscale simply does not. BOTTOM LINE Since little of this work appears to be new, it is an optional purchase for any library that owns the 2005 edition, which is still readily available. Recommended only for public and academic libraries that can't afford Africana.—Rosanne M. Cordell, Indiana Univ. Lib., South Bend
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195337709
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/17/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 1392
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.60 (h) x 7.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. earned his MA and PhD in English Literature from Clare College at the University of Cambridge, and his B.A. summa cum laude in English literature from Yale University. Before coming to Harvard (where he served as Chair of the African American Studies Department from 1991 to 2006), he taught at Yale, Cornell, and Duke. His grants and honors include a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant," the George Polk Award for Social Commentary, Time Magazine's "25 Most Influential Americans" list, a National Humanities Medal, election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Jefferson Lecture, a Visiting Fellowship at the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and 44 honorary degrees. Dr. Gates is the author of several works of literary criticism and is the Editor in Chief of the Oxford African American Studies Center, Series Editor of the Collected Black Writers series and of the Oxford W. E. B. Du Bois, and served as Editor in Chief with Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham for African American Lives. He was recently named the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard.

Kwame Anthony Appiah earned his BA and PhD in Philosophy from Cambridge. Before coming to Princeton, he taught at Yale, Cornell, Duke and Harvard and lectured at many other institutions in the United States, Germany, Ghana and South Africa, as well as at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Dr. Appiah has published widely in African and African American literary and cultural studies, and has previously served as Editor in Chief with Henry Louis Gates Jr. for the Dictionary of Global Culture and the Encarta Africana CD-ROM encyclopedia, which became the basis for the encyclopedia Africana published by OUP.

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