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An African History of Africa: From the Dawn of Humanity to Independence (Hardback)
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An African History of Africa: From the Dawn of Humanity to Independence (Hardback)

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Hardback 544 Pages
Published: 18/04/2024
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Hugely important and necessary, Badawi's compelling history of Africa charts a fascinating and informative journey from the origins of humanity to the pivotal new chapter of independence.

Everyone is originally from Africa, and this book is therefore for everyone.

For too long, Africa's history has been neglected. Dominated by western narratives of slavery and colonialism, its past has been fragmented, overlooked and denied its rightful place in our global story.

Now, Zeinab Badawi guides us through Africa's spectacular history, from the origins of humanity, through ancient civilisations and medieval empires with powerful queens and kings, to the miseries of conquest and the elation of independence.

Seeking out occluded histories from across the continent, meeting with countless historians, anthropologists, archaeologists and local storytellers, and travelling through more than thirty countries, Badawi weaves together a fascinating new account of Africa: an epic, sweeping history of the oldest inhabited continent on the planet, told through the voices of Africans themselves.

Publisher: Ebury Publishing
ISBN: 9780753560129
Number of pages: 544
Weight: 731 g
Dimensions: 243 x 160 x 37 mm


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Both a tour d'horizon and a tour de force, marvellously readable and beautifully written. This is a book that should be read by anyone who is interested in Africa, by anyone who thinks they know all they need to know about Africa, and above all by anyone who has no interest in Africa at all. It will transform their views of the continent, its peoples and its histories. I cannot recommend it too strongly or praise it too highly - Professor Sir David Cannadine

One of the greatest strengths of this wonderful African History of Africa and what makes it so engaging is the way Zeinab Badawi narrates the great sweep of this continent’s rich history as a personal voyage of discovery, and in doing so is able to portray her feelings of the experience, be it touching humanity’s most ancient bones or venturing into the dungeons of slave castles - Dr Kevin Shillington

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