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Introduction To African Civilizations

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"The picture we get today of Africa in past ages from the history taught in our schools is that Africans were savages and that, although Europeans invaded their lands and made slaves of them, they were in a way conferring a great favor on them, since they brought to them the blessings of Christian civilization," writes John G. Jackson.

With brilliantly objective scholarship, Jackson obliterates that picture and presents one infinitely more rich, colorful, and varied. This book challenges all the standard ...

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Overview

"The picture we get today of Africa in past ages from the history taught in our schools is that Africans were savages and that, although Europeans invaded their lands and made slaves of them, they were in a way conferring a great favor on them, since they brought to them the blessings of Christian civilization," writes John G. Jackson.

With brilliantly objective scholarship, Jackson obliterates that picture and presents one infinitely more rich, colorful, and varied. This book challenges all the standard approaches to African history, from the dawn of prehistory to the resurgent Africa of today. It will challenge the parochial historian, devastate the theoretical pretensions of white supremacists, and expand intellectual horizons. It is a fascinating book to be read and reread by the layman and the scholar for pleasure and knowledge.

Spanning the dawn of prehistory to moder resurgent Africa this book challenges the parochial historian and questions all the standard approaches to African history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806521893
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 269,410
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vi
Introduction 3
1. Africa and the Origin of Man 37
2. Ethiopia and the Origin of Civilization 60
3. Egypt and the Evolution of Civilization 93
4. Africa and the Civilizing of Europe: The Empire of the Moors 157
5. The Golden Age of West Africa 196
6. Africa and the Discovery of America 232
7. Mariners and Merchants of the Eastern Coast 264
8. Zimbabwe, Monomotapa, and Other Kingdoms of the Interior 283
9. The Destruction of African Culture 296
10. Africa Resurgent 319
Bibliography 351
New Bibliographical Approach to African History 366
Index 376
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