Until you’ve consumed all of the best African History books, can you even claim to be a true fan?
- The Fortunes of Africa: A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed, and Endeavor (2016)
- History of Africa (2012)
- African History: A Very Short Introduction (2007)
- When the World Was Black: The Until History of the World’s First Civilizations, Part One: Prehistoric Cultures (2013)
- African Americans and the American Political System (4th Edition) (1998)
- Africa, vol.1: African History Before 1885 (2001)
- A Brief History of Chinese Civilization (2006)
- They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America (Journal of African Civilizations) (2003)
- Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. (1992)
- 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American History (1998)
- Student Study Guide for use with From Slavery to Freedom (1999)
- African American Literature (Penguin Academics) (2004)
- Peoples and Cultures of Asia (2005)
Africa has been coveted for its rich natural resources ever since the era of the Pharaohs. In past centuries, it was the lure of gold, ivory, and slaves that drew merchant-adventurers and conquerors from afar. In modern times, the focus of attention is on oil, diamonds, and other rare earth minerals.In this vast and vivid panorama of history, Martin Meredith follows the fortunes of Africa over a period of 5,000 years.
History of Africa (2012)
History of Africa offers a richly illustrated introduction to the history of the entire continent, from earliest times right up to the present day. The third edition has been revised and updated in the light of recent research and provides more coverage of modern Africa. This successful text is now supported by a companion website.
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.
When the World Was Black: The Until History of the World’s First Civilizations, Part One: Prehistoric Cultures (2013)
In this book, we cover over 200,000 years of Black history. For many of us, that sounds strange. We can t even imagine what the Black past was like before the slave trade, much less imagine that such a history goes back 200,000 years or more. Can you imagine what that does to a person? To grow up believing their people started out as slaves? Perhaps some of us know a little about Africa, but how much do we really know?
African Americans and the American Political System (4th Edition) (1998)
Offers a systematic, theoretical, and structural framework for more accurate appraisal of the relative nature and influence of governing institutions and of past, present, and recurring developments on African-American and American Politics generally.
Africa: Volume 1 begins a series of books which adopt a new perspective on African history and culture, surveying the wide array of societies and states that have existed on the African continent and introducing readers to the diversity of African experiences and cultural expressions. Toyin Falola has brought together African studies professors from a variety of schools and settings.
A Brief History of Chinese Civilization (2006)
They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America (Journal of African Civilizations) (2003)
They Came Before Columbus reveals a compelling, dramatic, and superbly detailed documentation of the presence and legacy of Africans in ancient America.
The Destruction of Black Civilization took Chancellor Williams sixteen years of research and field study to compile. The book, which was to serve as a reinterpretation of the history of the African race, was intended to be “”a general rebellion against the subtle message from even the most ‘liberal’ white authors (and their Negro disciples): ‘You belong to a race of nobodies.
1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American History is history at your fingertips, in a concise, accessible, easily-read format. 2018 National Book Award winner Jeffrey C. Stewart, a professor of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, takes the reader on an all-encompassing journey through the entirety of African American history that is pithy, provocative, and encyclopedic in scope.
Student Study Guide for use with From Slavery to Freedom (1999)
This work charts the journey of African Americans from their origins in the civilizations of Africa, through slavery in the Western Hemisphere, to their struggle for freedom in the West Indies, Latin America and the United States.
African-American Literature is thematically arranged, comprehensive survey of African-American Literature.
Peoples and Cultures of Asia (2005)
This textbook is the only single book available at this time to highlight the importance of this region of the world. Each chapter in the book is written by anthropologists who have done ethnographic research in each country discussed. Chapters include material on the geography, prehistory, languages, demography, history, and discussions of the contemporary economy, family, gender, ethnic, political, and religious developments in these various countries.
Best African History Books Worth Your Attention
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The Kafir language: comprising a sketch of its history; which includes a general classification of South African dialects, ethnographical and geographical: remarks upon its nature: and a grammar
Author(s): John Whittle Appleyard
ID: 1027906, Publisher: Printed for the Wesleyan Missionary Society, Year: l850, Size: 14 Mb, Format: pdf
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
Author(s): Ibram X. Kendi; Keisha N. Blain
ID: 2904210, Publisher: Random House Publishing Group, Year: 2021, Size: 7 Mb, Format: epub
The Global First World War: African, East Asian, Latin American and Iberian Mediators
Author(s): Ana Paula Pires (editor), María Inés Tato (editor), Jan Schmidt (editor)
ID: 2989606, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2021, Size: 8 Mb, Format: pdf
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