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By Michael Brett

Africa is a giant continent, as huge because the extra liveable parts of Europe and Asia prepare. It has a background immensely lengthy, but the examine of that heritage as a tutorial self-discipline in its personal correct is little greater than fifty years outdated. on the grounds that then the topic has grown vastly, however the query of what this heritage is and the way it's been approached nonetheless should be requested, now not least to respond to the query of why should still we learn it.

This e-book takes as its topic the final 10,000 years of African background, and lines the way human society at the continent has developed from groups of hunters and gatherers to the advanced populations of this present day. imminent that heritage via its a variety of dimensions: archaeological, ethnographic, written, scriptural, eu and modern, it appears at how the background of any such gigantic zone over this sort of size of time has been conceived and awarded, and the way it really is to be investigated. the matter itself is old, andan necessary a part of the historical past with which it really is involved, starting with the altering information over the centuries of what Africa should be. Michael Brett therefore strains the heritage of Africa not just at the floor, but additionally within the brain, which will make his personal historic contribution to the debate.

Michael Brett is Emeritus Reader within the historical past of North Africa at SOAS.

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