African History

  • by John Parker
  • Narrated by Dion Graham
  • 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This Very Short Introduction looks at Africa's past and reflects on the changing ways it has been imagined and represented, both in Africa and beyond. The author illustrates important aspects of Africa's history with a range of fascinating historical examples, drawn from over five millennia across this vast continent.The multitude of topics that the listener will learn about in this succinct work includes the unity and diversity of African cultures, slavery, religion, colonial conquest, the diaspora, and the importance of history in understanding contemporary Africa. The book examines questions such as: Who invented the idea of "Africa"? How is African history pieced together, given such a lack of documentary evidence? How did Africa interact with the world 1,000 years ago?Africa has been known as "the cradle of mankind", and its recoverable history stretches back to the Pharaohs. But the idea of studying African history is itself new, and the authors show why it is still contested and controversial.This VSI , the first concise work of its kind, will prove essential for anyone interested in the African continent and the diversity of human history.

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A great introduction to the "African history"

Couldn't keep it down. The narrator was captivating! I am now going to dig deep and learn my history - something that I shamedly haven't.
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- Hannah

Excellent overview

Incisive but wide-ranging & useful content. Outstanding narration by that rare performer who has done his homework, respects his audience, and performs at the top of his profession. Every audio-book narrator should listen and learn from him.
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- Primrose

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-09-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios