The History of Africa: The Quest for Eternal Harmony / Edition 1

The History of Africa: The Quest for Eternal Harmony / Edition 1

by Molefi Kete Asante
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415771390

ISBN-13: 9780415771399

Pub. Date: 04/18/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book provides a wide-ranging history of Africa from earliest prehistory to the present day – using the cultural, social, political, and economic lenses of Africa as instruments to illuminate the ordinary lives of Africans. The result is a fresh survey that includes a wealth of indigenous ideas, African concepts, and traditional outlooks that have escaped

Overview

This book provides a wide-ranging history of Africa from earliest prehistory to the present day – using the cultural, social, political, and economic lenses of Africa as instruments to illuminate the ordinary lives of Africans. The result is a fresh survey that includes a wealth of indigenous ideas, African concepts, and traditional outlooks that have escaped the writing of African history in the West.

This straightforward, illustrated and factual text allows the reader to access the major developments, personalities and events on the African continent. Written by a world expert in African history, this ground-breaking survey is an indispensable guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415771399
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/18/2007
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
0.84(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents


Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     x
Preface     xi
Introduction     1
The time of awakening     7
Africa and the origin of humanity     9
The age of literacy     15
Africa and the beginning of civilization     17
The rise of Kemet/Egypt     24
The elements of early African civilization     31
Governance and the political stability of Kemet     39
The moment of realization     79
The emergence of the great river kingdoms     81
The age of construction     91
The spread of classical empires and kingdoms     93
The Sudanic empires: historians and their narratives     116
Generators of traditional and contemporary Africa     143
Societies of secrets: farmers and metallurgists     166
The time of the chaos     207
Arab and European missionaries, merchants, and mercenaries     209
Resisting European and Arab slave traders     222
The age of reconstruction     257
Africa regains consciousness in a Pan-African explosion     259
The time for consolidation     293
Africa consolidates independence     295
Toward a United States of Africa without compromise: creation of the African Union     335
Chronology of African history     351
Some African ethnic groups     372
Major linguistic complexes     376
Bibliography     377
Index     381

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