The History of Africa: The Quest for Eternal Harmony

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Routledge, 2007 - History - 397 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The time of awakening
7
The age of literacy
15
The moment of realization
78
The age of construction
90
The time of the chaos
207
The age of reconstruction
257
The time for consolidation
293
Chronology of Africa history
351
Some African ethnic groups
372
Major linguistic complexes
376
Bibliography
377
Index
381
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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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