"This book celebrates the coming age of African history, representing a quarter of a century of research by scholars from Africa, Europe and America. Though designed as a textbook for courses in African history, it aims at a broader conception of the nature of history than is found in textbooks of the history of other continents. Less emphasis is given to political history and more to social, economic, and intellectual trends. The authors, while seeking to look at Africa from an African point of view, are attempting to answer the question: how did the African continent come to be as it is today? -- BACK COVER.
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THE ROOTS OF AFRICAN CULTURES
The Diffusion of Iron in Africa
Hunters and Gatherers 2 Fishermen
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