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

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Overview

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

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"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415771399
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/18/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,285,220
  • 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).

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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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