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eBook Into Africa: A journey through the ancient empires (Phoenix Giants) download ISBN: 0753804603
Author: Marq De Villiers
Publisher: Phoenix Giant (1998)
Language: English
Pages: 400
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Maps on lining papers. Includes bibliographical references (pages 378-386) and index. Monomotapa : Great Zimbabwe. The high hills of Chimanimani. The Makuni of Zambia.

Maps on lining papers. The Luba-lunda and the Zairian pogroms. The crocodile man. Among the lions. Ngorongoro and Serengeti. Among the Maasai - The land of Zanj and the birth of the Swahili : The sharks of Mogadishu. Dar es Salaam and the Tanzanian Littoral. Kilwa Kisiwani, the royal city. Golden Sofala - Towards Azania : The view from Thaba Bosiu

Marq de Villiers takes on his subject with passion and compassion! writes about what he knows and loves and despises, without apology or polemic - Washington Post.

Marq de Villiers takes on his subject with passion and compassion! writes about what he knows and loves and despises, without apology or polemic - Washington Post. This superb distillation of socio-cultural and recent political events proves to be both entertaining and informative.

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Marq de Villiers was born in 1940 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. In 1989 he became the first recipient of the prestigious Alan Paton Award for White Tribe Dreaming Into Africa: A Journey Through the Ancient Empires. In 1989 he became the first recipient of the prestigious Alan Paton Award for White Tribe Dreaming. He and his wife, the writer Sheila Hirtle, live in Port Medway, Nova Scotia. They often collaborate on books. In 2011 his book, Our Way Out was published, dealing with the problems surrounding climate change, and possible solutions. Marq de Villiers (1989). Into Africa: A Journey Through the Ancient Empires. Marq de Villiers (1999).

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Carrying a vast wealth of gold was a giant army of horses and camels. Marq de Villiers; Sheila Hirtle (1997).

Marq de Villiers, CM is an award-winning South African-Canadian writer and journalist. He now chiefly writes non-fiction books on scientific topics  . Carrying a vast wealth of gold was a giant army of horses and camels. He was one for travelling in style. Any time his caravan stopped in a town, he’d shower them with gold.

Author : Marq Villiers. Publisher : Key Porter Books 1997-10-01. Magazine: Into Africa: A Journey Through the Ancient Empires. ISBN-10 : 1550138847. ISBN-13 : 9781550138849. Into Africa: A Journey Through the Ancient.

Into Africa : A Journey Through the Ancient Empires. By (author) Marq De Villiers, By (author) Sheila Hirtle.

Into Africa: a Journey Through the Ancient Empires, by Marq de Villiers is also terrific as are the two books by Kuki Gallman. Of those two, the best in my opinion: I Dreamed of Africa. Another wonderful book: Tall Blondes, all about the giraffes

Into Africa: a Journey Through the Ancient Empires, by Marq de Villiers is also terrific as are the two books by Kuki Gallman. Another wonderful book: Tall Blondes, all about the giraffes. And of course, Ghosts of Tsavo is also an amazing and great read.

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If you are looking to learn about the history of Africa... keep looking. The authors can't decide what they wan't to write about, so they just scribble some first person stuff "I believe this" and "I thought that" and mix it with random facts about Africa that you could pull out of wikipedia. It isn't presented in a holisitic or structured fashion, and when it comes to organizing the data and seeing the progression of history we get quotes like "it doesn't matter."

It's clear that taking a detailed look at the history doesn't matter to the authors - but if you want to read a bad travelogue, this book is for you.
"Into Africa" is a wonderful, almost breathless, whirlwind tour of the African continent. The travels described in the book may have begun as a search for what remains of the ancient empires that once existed, but became as much a discovery of what Africa is today, and what it will become.
Authors Marq De Villiers and Sheila Hirtle divide the book (and the continent) into nine sections, each with its own distinct character and history. Part one looks at southeast Africa, highlights of which include a visit to the impressive stone ruins of Great Zimbabwe, ruins which produce a sound when one's ear is pressed against them, the source unknown. We are introduced to the Makuni or the "Living Stones" of Zambia, named not after the famous explorer and missionary but rather for the fact that a chief begins his duties by swallowing a small stone, which lodges in his gut and becomes an embodiment of his people. This region is also home to the colorful Maasai warriors, often noted by tourists in colorful red garb (so that people will want to photograph them), nomadic pastoralists that have been pushed out of the increasingly artificial wildlife sanctuaries of Ngorongoro and the Serengeti despite having lived there for many hundreds of years.
Part two looks at the east coast of Africa, the lands of the Swahili speakers. Fabled east Africa, long a tropical coast skirted by (increasingly threatened) coral reefs and (disappearing) dhows, one can still find along it Lamu, near the Somali border, still an island of coral brick buildings and mosques dating back to the 14 century. Even more famous is exotic Zanzibar, fabled island known to the ancients and part of Tanzania in name only, once a famous source of spices.
The third section looks at southern Africa, a land largely shaped by the Zulus and the migrations they caused in the 1800s thanks to the tyrant Shaka Zulu. We read about mountainous Lesotho, well known for its conical hats, vigorous ponies, and blankets (called Victorians), a distinct national character that is only 150 years old, invented by arguably Africa's wiliest diplomat, Moshoeshoe the Great; and Swaziland, one of the last of the traditional African monarchies, famous for the Umhlanga or Reed Dance, where barely clad young maidens symbolically offer themselves to the king as brides. The enigmatic San or Bushmen of the Kalahari also receive attention.
Part four looks at the ancient rain forest lands of the Kongo, long a source of slaves for the world and even well into the 20th century under the yoke of forced labor by France (in the Congo) and Belgium (in Zaire). It is a troubled region, but one of great contrasts; separated by the Stanley Pool of the mighty Congo River are two very different capital cities; Brazzaville of Congo the authors describe a sleepy and pleasant town, in vivid contrast to Kinshasa, capital of Zaire, a much larger, angrier, and dangerous city. Some of the most interesting passages in the book are in this section, particularly of his travels up the Congo River, in war torn Angola, and among the pygmies of Cameroon.
The fifth section looks at the Gulf of Guinea, long fabled as the Gold Coast and dominated by the fierce Ashanti, bold enough to challenge the British Empire and almost win. Of particular interest are violent and overpopulated Nigeria; the country of Benin (growing more into a model of how Africa could be), whose ancient kingdom of Dahomey was once noted for "Amazon" warriors; Togo, where vodun (the African incarnation of Haitian voodoo) still reigns; Ghana, perhaps the most "Christian" of the west African nations and a robust democracy; and Liberia and Sierra Leone, whose prospects are gloomy indeed.
Section six was quite interesting, examining the peoples and old empires of the Sahel, the grasslands bordering the southern Sahara, as well as the Sahara itself. Once dominated by a series of mighty empires, first Ghana for over 800 years, then Mali, the greatest perhaps of Sub-Saharan African empires, then nearly 400 years later the Songhai. Fabled Timbuktu is covered in this section, the desert city a center of Islamic learning from the 14th century on. The authors' coverage of Mali is especially interesting, notable for Mansa Musa, an African king so extravagantly wealthy he was well known in 14th century Europe after his pilgrimage to Mecca, and his predecessor, Abu Bakari II, the Voyager King, who actually sought to reach lands he believed to exist on the other side of the Atlantic, disappearing from history when he accompanied personally 2000 vessels for a perilous journey into the unknown. Also fascinating was coverage of the Tuareg or "Blue Men" of the Sahara, a fair-skinned desert nomad group where the men go veiled, not the women, and the Dogon tribe, cliff-dwellers in southern Mali that are neither Christian nor Muslim but have instead their own complex religion.
The later sections of the book are somewhat shorter, but no less interesting. Part seven looks at the Maghreb and the Barbary Coast of North Africa, an area once controlled by the now extinct Carthage, the land of the Berbers, the Bedouin, and the Moors, once dominated by the Almoravid and the Almohad civilizations, in part infused from the Andalucian culture of Islamic Spain. Part eight devotes some time to Egypt, which the authors maintain it is definitively a part of African civilization, and Ethiopia, a fascinating land of rock-hewn churches and according to some the home of the Ark of the Covenant, and once dominated by the powerful Axumite Empire. The book closes with the Great Rift, believed by paleontologists to be the true cradle of mankind, home to the enigmatic Chwezi or BaChwezi empire, the fabled Mountains of the Moon, and the horror that was Idi Amin in Uganda and is the conflict between the Tutsi and the Hutu in Rwanda and Burundi.
A fantastic book!
As a seasoned traveller to Africa (on bicycle and 4wd). I was relieved to find this book both informative and enlightening in its excellent balance of past and present times. The lighthearted approach mingled with the odd tribal poem and sometimes witty dialogue will appeal to those for have an affinity for Africa and wish to delve a little deeper. My only real criticism is that the book doesn't delve deep enough - but should it have, then the lighthearted feel would be lost. The style of writing is a joy considering the breadth of Africa and to have the authors own past thrown in at times, reaqlly does purvue a sense of a 'personal account' of this wondrous continent. If you want to feel Africa in your heart and its culture in veins without the security blanket of a tour operator and a 5* hotel this is the book you have been waiting for!
The major highlight of this book is that it mentions every country on the continent; many books which view Africa as a whole tend to stick with maybe a dozen of the 45 countries that make up Africa, but the authors have touched, albeit briefly, along all modern African states, and attempt to bring them together as a whole, and make cohesive conclusions about the continent. The continent - a real study of the continent in all of its incarnations. As an overview of the continent, as a pair of authors taking the long view, and reaching unique and enlightening conclusions, there is no better book.