The Civilizations of Africa: A History to 1800

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Press: University of Virginia Press; second edition edition (August 5, 2016)
Author Name:Ehret, Christopher
Edition:second edition Edition


Since its initial publication,  The Civilizationsof Africa has established itself as the most authoritative text available on early African history. 
Addressing the glaring lack of works concentrating on earlier African eras, Christopher Ehret’s trailblazing book has been paired with histories of Africa since 1800 to build a full and well-rounded understanding of the roles of Africa’s peoples in human history.
Examining inventions and civilizations from 22,000 BCE to 1800 CE, Ehret explores the wide range of social and cultural as well as technological and economic change in Africa, relating all these facets of African history to developments in the rest of the world.This updated edition incorporates new research, as well as an extensive new selection of color images.

About the Author

Christopher Ehret is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of  An African Classical Age: Eastern and Southern Africa in World History, 1000 B.C. 
to A.D.
400 (Virginia).


History,Africa,South Africa,Textbooks,Humanities,Africa,World,Civilization & Culture

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Comment List (Total:10)

  •     First well written and well rounded story of the earliest periods of African History. Shines the light of research on an area previously fraught with speculation. Also debunks earlier fuzzy thinking on the topic.
  •     I love this book
  •     It is a wonderful, I am going to share with my family and friends
  •     It is a very good book for students and other tht wnat to know the history of Africa. I have used it in my course at th Stockhom University.
  •     This is not fiction and none of the questions about mood, plot, pace and character are applicable. The Civilizations of Africa is, I think, the best of the survey African history books. It suffers from the usual problem of the type: too much information to cover and at the same time from a problem specific to African history - there are huge lacunae, enormous areas unknown. The scholarship is good; the approach is thoughtful. Highly recommended.
  •     I have very mixed feelings about this book. On one hand the author gives a good over-view of African historyfrom the beginning to 1800 in an understandable way.
  •     This is a great easy to understand overview of African History in that it is decently comprehensive, and doesn't bog the reader down in a million names and dates.
  •     History that is not found in US class rooms
  •     An incredible introduction to the empires and nations of Africa which existed pre-colonization period. I had not realized that 500 year old empires had risen and fallen in Africa long before Europe felt the need to "improve" it.
  •     Awesome

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