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Approaching African History by Michael Brett

By Michael Brett

Africa is a giant continent, as huge because the extra liveable components of Europe and Asia prepare. It has a historical past immensely lengthy, but the learn of that historical past as a tutorial self-discipline in its personal correct is little greater than fifty years outdated. because then the topic has grown greatly, however the query of what this background is and the way it's been approached nonetheless has to be requested, no longer least to respond to the query of why should still we learn it.

This ebook takes as its topic the final 10,000 years of African background, and lines the best way human society at the continent has advanced from groups of hunters and gatherers to the advanced populations of this day. forthcoming that historical past via its a variety of dimensions: archaeological, ethnographic, written, scriptural, eu and modern, it seems to be at how the historical past of this kind of big sector over any such size of time has been conceived and awarded, and the way it's to be investigated. the matter itself is old, andan quintessential a part of the heritage with which it truly is involved, starting with the altering expertise over the centuries of what Africa can be. Michael Brett therefore strains the historical past of Africa not just at the floor, but additionally within the brain, with the intention to make his personal historic contribution to the debate.

Michael Brett is Emeritus Reader within the heritage of North Africa at SOAS.

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