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Author: Basil Davidson
Publisher: Collier Books; Rev&Expndd edition (January 1992)
Language: English
Pages: 425
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Basil Davidson is the author of more than ten books on African history and has devoted over thirty years to the intensive study of the African peoples. His books include The African Past, The Atlantic Slave Trade, Lost Cities of Africa, African Kingdoms and The History of West Africa to 1800.

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That assignment was interrupted by World War II, during which Davidson served in the British army with distinction, receiving the Military Cross, the . Bronze Star, and the Jugoslav Zasluge za Narod for his service in the Balkans, North Africa, and Italy. Библиографические данные. Africa in History: Themes and Outlines Collier Books 03126.

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Published: New York : Collier Books ; 1991.

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Prior to the original publication of Africa in History, the history and development of Africa had been measured by the European concept of "civilization," applying a Eurocentric approach to African art and literature. Basil Davidson's landmark work presents the inner growth of Africa and its worldwide significance, the internal dynamic of its old civilizations and their links with Asia, Europe and America, as well as the development of specific areas, tribes and cultures. From accounts of the days of the green Sahara and the great iron age, the earliest Portuguese colonization, the coming of slavery and the subsequent legacy of violence and mistrust, the growth of Islam in the north and the cults of the Congo, the sophistication of art and architecture, and the pattern behind social and tribal mores, the entire picture of the continent emerges. This revised edition reflects the recent astonishing changes in South Africa, including the release of Nelson Mandela.
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This explains a lot of the tribes in Africa, which they seem to prefer. It is very dense and goes into a great detail. I donated to my library and they appreciated it. My library branch didn't have much on Africa.
Great book, informative
Thank you
If others find this book to be a good overview of African history, more power to them. I side with the reviewer here who found the book to be distractingly jumpy and a bit disconnected, switching from one period and one civilization to another. For me this isn't really a brief history of Africa as much as it is a polemic to counter what had been decades of wrong-headed Western thinking about Africa. Evidently it had been acceptable in respected academic circles to declare the Africans to be simple primitives who had no culture, who needed the "help" of outside cultures to accomplish anything noteworthy. Davidson's primary aim is to refute this attitude and he cites to highly-developed cultures throughout Africa's pre-colonial history. The problem is that to do this, he employs a checklist of anthropological benchmarks (established trade routes, refined metalwork, etc.) against which to measure the historic African societies. This makes for a real sameness, a feeling of not having any flavor of any of the societies he describes because they're just grist for his general anthropological mill. It really was hard for me to keep the narrative straight.

I've previously read an expose and debunking of the arrogant Eurocentric academic attitude toward Africa (see Martin Bernal's "Black Athena") so I didn't feel I needed a replay of it from Davidson. I came to the conclusion, in light of the extreme generality with which Davidson treated his subject, that I'd do better with histories of particular regions/countries. So I'm starting out with a history of Ethiopia, maybe I'll move on to a history of South Africa, who knows after that.
This book emphasized the social and historical effects that trade and commerce have had on changing the landscape of African society. I was fascinated to learn about the many kingdoms and empires that existed in ancient Africa. The details of the great trading cities of the West coast, and the great trading kingdoms of the East Sudan areas were new information for me. Also, the effect of the slave trade on disrupting political and socio-economic situations was disheartening. Finally, the current political situation was explained, and I got a picture of how things got to the mess they are today. Now I see how the family unit was disrupted by colonization economics, and how the breakdown of society has affected all levels. Unfortunately, this book was written before the plague of AIDS, the recent Afro-unification efforts, and the South African Peace and Reconciliation commission were set up. So I look forward to reading more about those situations. Additionally, I think the author was soft on many of the corrupt and failed leaders that have squandered so many efforts for democracy and justice that have been attempted in the past fifty years. But taken in light of the long and troubled history of this land, I am not left without hope. The main failure of this book in my opinion, was the lack of the heart of the African, with its inner sense of joy and ability to survive even the harshest situations that I have so learned to admire in my African friends I have made over the years, was not explored. The personal face of the diverse and warm-hearted peoples of this content was not shown by this more academic and political history. So that inspires me to read more about this amazing continent.
Basil Davidson has written an excellent overview of African history, ranging from the Egyptian and Nubian kingdoms to the trading empires of Ghana, Mali and Songhay. An especially adept treatment is given to the Colonial Period; Refraining from the accepted subjective views, Davidson tries to analyze the true effect Europeans had on the continent, without pathos or exaggeration. This does not mean that he resents their interference less - few authors could hold more negative views of individual European exploiters making use of the continent for their private ends.
One point against this book is that it is perhaps too short for its scope. Less than 400 pages, the reader is left with the sensation that he has been told much, and yet has been told nothing - an appropriate sensation, perhaps, to provide the incentive to continue reading about the subject, but the aggregate increase in knowledge resulting from the reading is still not large.
Nevertheless, I would warmly recommend this book to anybody seriously interested in the African subject.