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A History of Sub-Saharan Africa
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A HISTORY OF SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA.
NY: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
This is a fine recent history of Africa covering from about 3000 BCE to the present. This book is accurate, avoiding the few typos and other errors of Collins' earlier Africa, A Short History, although the latter is still useful because it is the only short one on this list. This new Collins is in general up-to-date, except the last chapter, which didn't change quite enough of the material since its first appearance in the 2007 first edition. But current affairs you can get from other sources. It is distinguished by its flowing readability, the sort of history you can take to your hammock and enjoy an afternoon of learning more about this continent. It does not have as many images, maps, section titles, and study questions as Kevin Shillington's History of Africa, still the very best textbook for courses in African History. Collins follows a long tradition of excellent single volume histories of the continent in English, an early one being the pioneering W. E. Burghardt DuBois, The World and Africa (1947). The study of African history picked up with A Short History of Africa by Roland Oliver and J.D. Fage (which I devoured on the ship bringing me to Congo in 1964). Robert W. July's A History of the African People was the best textbook for my American students of the 70s. Four authors among the leading minds in the field, Philip Curtin, Steven Feierman, Leonard Thompson, and Jan Vansina, produced the groundbreaking African History in 1978. And now we have this most readable and most recent history of Sub-Saharan Africa, a book you will want to buy to fill the gap in your knowledge of the continent.
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I recently bought this book for a summer program. even though i havent used the book it was delievered in excalent time.Published on June 2, 2012 by Luke