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African History: A Very Short Introduction (original: 2007; edição: 2007)

de John Parker (Autor)

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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.… (mais)
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Título:African History: A Very Short Introduction
Autores:John Parker (Autor)
Informação:Oxford University Press (2007), Edition: 1, 144 pages
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It should be known by all potential readers that this is a book *about* African History, not an *African History Book.* It is an introduction to how African History is created and the way that the field in turn both creates and complicates the existence of Africa, as both a continent and a nation within which exist many, many other nations.

It necessarily therefore deals with slavery, decolonization, nation-building, and the formation of people to be recognized on the World Stage.

If there was one phrase that could sum up the majority of its pages, it would be "well, it's more complicated than that..." Enduring myths and historical frameworks about Africa are laid out and debunked one by one in roughly this order: Africa is a timeless continent with no history, Africa is a waste when left to its own devices, Africa is a poor and helpless victim of Empire, Africa was a place of powerful ancient states that lost its way, Africa is a decolonizing utopia, Africa is a corrupt quagmire.

It is hard to fault the authors for my disappointment given the format (a sample of the field in question given over ( )
  magonistarevolt | Apr 28, 2020 |
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 something as African, the African diaspora, and the agency of Africans in colonialism. It also comes with a reading list for further study. ( )
  _praxis_ | Mar 4, 2018 |
This aptly titled "very short introduction" was less an overview of the history of Africa, than a primer introducing the academic discipline of "African History". Here, "very short" can also be read as dense and compact, making this a slow, concentrated read. All and all, it suits its purpose well. ( )
  rabbit.blackberry | Oct 19, 2017 |
This aptly titled "very short introduction" was less an overview of the history of Africa, than a primer introducing the academic discipline of "African History". Here, "very short" can also be read as dense and compact, making this a slow, concentrated read. All and all, it suits its purpose well. ( )
  rabbit.blackberry | Oct 19, 2017 |
This book was not about African history, but one about the difficulties in studying the continent's history. As such, it was interesting, but I was hoping something more true to the title. ( )
  LamSon | Aug 29, 2015 |
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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.

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