African History: A Very Short Introduction

African History: A Very Short Introduction Review

This Very Short Introduction looks at Africa's past and reflects on the changing ways it has been imagined and represented, both in Africa and beyond. The author illustrates important aspects of Africa's history with a range of fascinating historical examples, drawn from over 5 millennia across this vast continent. The multitude of topics that the reader will learn about in this succinct work include the unity and diversity of African cultures, slavery, religion, colonial conquest, the diaspora, and the importance of history in understanding contemporary Africa. The book examines questions such as: Who invented the idea of "Africa"? How is African history pieced together, given such a lack of documentary evidence? How did Africa interact with the world 1,000 years ago?
Africa has been known as 'the cradle of mankind', and its recoverable history stretches back to the Pharaohs. But the idea of studying African history is itself new, and the authors show why it is still contested and controversial. This VSI, the first concise work of its kind, will prove essential reading for anyone interested in the African continent and the diversity of human history.

Title:African History: A Very Short Introduction
Edition Language:English

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  • Sean Mccarrey

    This is perhaps the worst way I could think of introducing someone to African History, unless of course it's your intent to bore the ever loving crap out of them. The crux of this book's downfall lies...

  • robin friedman

    African History In The Very Short Introduction SeriesThe "Very Short Introduction" series of Oxford University Press offers readers the opportunity to expand their knowledge in many directions. Africa...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    African History: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #160), John Parker This Very Short Introduction looks at Africa's past and reflects on the changing ways it has been imagined and r...

  • Amirography

    A very interesting book. It's a meta-history of Africa. The author talks about the very different views on the African history, how it is conducted and how we should study it. I found it as what I exp...

  • Ronan

    This is not a book about the history of Africa. It is a book about African history as a discipline. The writing can be quite tedious and there is plenty of academic second guessing and naval gazing. T...

  • Shawn Mooney (Shawn The Book Maniac)

    At last, a wee book from this very mediocre series that's actually well worth somebody's time! In fine academic prose that is actually pleasant to read, these professors provide a cogent summary of ...

  • Benjamin Fasching-Gray

    It's not an introduction to Africa's past, it's an introduction to the big questions around researching African History. I loved it....

  • Pedro

    "A very short introduction" it's a very good summary of the main topics that are needed for the elemental understanding of the historiography of Africa. It is a very useful book to have if you want to...

  • Lois

    This starts off great but largely devolves into white supremacist and racist bullshit.The author spends a good portion of the book defining who Africans are, why it's not ok to associate Africans with...

  • Isaac Holloway

    A well constructed survey of African history as a discipline. Particularly instructive were the complexities of involved with the concepts of African unity vs diversity, who counts when we talk about ...