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

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $30.50
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 21%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (6) from $30.50   
  • New (2) from $37.08   
  • Used (4) from $30.50   


There is a paradox about Africa: it remains a subject that attracts considerable attention yet rarely is there a full appreciation of its complexity. African historiography has typically consisted of writing Africa for Europe - instead of writing Africa for itself, as itself, from its own perspectives. The History of Africa redresses this by letting the perspectives of Africans themselves take center stage.

Authoritative and comprehensive, 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 afresh new 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, this groundbreaking survey is an indispensable guide to African history.

About the Author:
Molefi Kete Asante is Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Molefi Kete Asante is an important scholar-activist whose intellectual contributions to the forward progression of African peoples cannot be overstated. This updated edition honors Asante’s ‘Elder Djelis’ with its new research, sources, and interpretation on a myriad of issues and events including the deaths of Madiba and Achebe, conflicts in Senegal, Sudan and Democratic Republic of the Congo, terrorism in Nigeria, the ‘Arab Spring,’ and much more."
—Will Guzmán, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415771399
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/18/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 412
  • Sales rank: 1,190,963
  • Product dimensions: 0.84 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Molefi Kete Asante is Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Black Studies and has published 63 books including 100 Greatest African Americans (2002) and the high school text African American History (second edition 2001).

Read More Show Less

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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)