African History

African History

A Very Short Introduction

Book - 2007
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This Very Short Introduction is essential reading for anyone interested in the African continent and the diversity of human history, as it looks at Africa's past and reflects on the changing ways it has been imagined and represented. Key themes such as the unity and diversity of African cultures, slavery, religion, colonial conquest and the importance of history in understanding contemporary Africa are illustrated with a range of fascinating historical examples, drawn from over 5 millennia across this vast continent.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007
ISBN: 9780192802484
Characteristics: 165 p. ill., maps. --
Additional Contributors: Rathbone, Richard


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Aug 13, 2015

A note of caution: this book is not so much about the 'history of Africa' (various tribal stories, the local myths, etc) as a 'history of the historical study of Africa'. Nevertheless interesting, but ultimately not as engaging as I first imagined.

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