Approaching African History by Michael Brett

By Michael Brett

Africa is a big continent, as huge because the extra liveable parts of Europe and Asia prepare. It has a historical past immensely lengthy, but the examine of that historical past as a tutorial self-discipline in its personal correct is little greater than fifty years previous. considering then the topic has grown significantly, however the query of what this historical past is and the way it's been approached nonetheless should be requested, no longer least to reply to the query of why should still we research it.

This publication takes as its topic the final 10,000 years of African background, and strains the way human society at the continent has developed from groups of hunters and gatherers to the advanced populations of at the present time. coming near near that heritage via its a variety of dimensions: archaeological, ethnographic, written, scriptural, eu and modern, it seems at how the background of this sort of substantial quarter over this sort of size of time has been conceived and offered, and the way it's to be investigated. the matter itself is historic, andan essential a part of the heritage with which it truly is involved, starting with the altering wisdom over the centuries of what Africa can be. Michael Brett hence lines the heritage of Africa not just at the flooring, but additionally within the brain, for you to make his personal historic contribution to the debate.

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

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Approaching African History

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