African Presence in Early Europe

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Ivan Van Sertima
Transaction Books, 1985 - Social Science - 317 pages
3 Reviews

This book places into perspective the role of the African in world civilization, in particular his little known contributions to the advancement of Europe. A major essay on the evolution of the Caucasoid discusses recent scientific discoveries of the African fatherhood of man and the shift towards albinism (dropping of pigmentation) by the Grimaldi African during an ice age (the Wurm Interstadial) in Europe. The debt owed to African and Arab Moors for certain inventions usually credited to the Renaissance is discussed, as well as the much earlier Afro-Egyptian influence on Greek science and philosophy. The book is divided into six parts: The First Europeans: African Presence in the Ancient Mediterranean Isles and Mainland Greece; Africans in the European Religious Hierarchy (madonnas, saints and popes); African Presence in Western Europe; African Presence in Northern Europe; African Presence in Eastern Europe.

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Review: African Presence in Early Europe (Journal of African Civilizations, Nov. 1985, Vol. 7, No. 2,)

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Albinism and the Vitamin D Theory changes the whole game. I have read that essay at least ten times. Read full review

Review: African Presence in Early Europe (Journal of African Civilizations, Nov. 1985, Vol. 7, No. 2,)

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An excellent historical text which was handed to me by a stranger in a bookstore back in 1994. Read full review

About the author (1985)

Ivan Van Sertima (1935-2009) was professor of African studies at Rutgers University. He was visiting professor at Princeton University and lectured at more than one hundred colleges and universities. He edited the Journal of African Civilizations, which has greatly changed the way in which African history and culture are taught and studied.

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