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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 heritage immensely lengthy, but the learn of that background as a tutorial self-discipline in its personal correct is little greater than fifty years previous. considering the fact that then the topic has grown drastically, however the query of what this historical past is and the way it's been approached nonetheless has to be requested, no longer least to reply to the query of why should still we examine it.

This ebook takes as its topic the final 10,000 years of African background, and strains the best way human society at the continent has developed from groups of hunters and gatherers to the advanced populations of this present day. impending that background via its a number of dimensions: archaeological, ethnographic, written, scriptural, ecu and modern, it seems to be at how the background of this kind of huge quarter over the sort of size of time has been conceived and offered, and the way it really is to be investigated. the matter itself is old, andan fundamental a part of the historical past with which it really is involved, starting with the altering understanding over the centuries of what Africa can be. Michael Brett therefore lines the historical past of Africa not just at the floor, but additionally within the brain, which will make his personal old contribution to the debate.

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

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