The African Experience: From 'Lucy' to Mandela : The Great Courses: Civilization & Culture

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Kenneth P. Vickery
  • Series: The Great Courses: Civilization & Culture
  • 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

The story of Africa is the oldest and most event-filled chronicle of human activity on the planet. And in these 36 lectures, you'll explore this great historical drama, tracing the story of the Sub-Saharan region of the continent from the earliest evidence of human habitation to the latest challenges facing African nations in the 21st century.
By learning with these lectures, you'll finally be able to bust myths and correct potential misunderstandings about Africa. For example, in Africa, the word "tribe" is used in a neutral way to connote ethnic identity. Another example: Sub-Saharan Africa was not as isolated as is often suggested by references to the "lost" continent; in fact, an ancient Greek sailing guide from 2,000 years ago clearly shows that the East African coast was already connected commercially with areas to the north.
The primary focus of these eye-opening lectures is Sub-Saharan Africa, the region separated from North Africa by the harsh climate of the Sahara Desert and traditionally the part of the continent that has been the most mysterious and most misunderstood by Westerners. But by traveling on this exciting learning experience (one imbued with a pervasive spirit of charm and adventure), you'll finally be able to strengthen your understanding of this beautiful, multifaceted region.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Compelling and Highly Informative

I thoroughly enjoyed this lecture course which packed a huge amount of information in a very compact form, and presented it in a very entertaining way. The lecturer clearly has a huge knowledge base but combines it with relevant and fascinating anecdotes. This course exposed my huge ignorance about all things African, but by the end of it I feel a slight expert, and a lot of events from the last 20 years or so suddenly make much more sense. This course is very highly recommended to anyone with curiosity about Africa.
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- Jonathan

Simple overview

The audiobook gives an overview of Africa south of the Sahara. It was a helpful first introduction on my part.
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- Ingrid

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses