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The African Experience: An Introduction (3rd Edition) Paperback – July 24, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0130918437 ISBN-10: 0130918431 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 3 edition (July 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130918431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130918437
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This text provides an interdisciplinary introduction to Africa -- covering its physical attributes, history, social structure, and culture. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book provides an introduction to Africa -- covering its physical attributes, history, social structure, and culture. It emphasizes norms, values, and historical experience as the key variables that define who the people are, rather than labeling them as "tribes." Describes the main traditional cultural forms and institutions found in Africa. Explores the geography and demography of the African continent. Takes a critical look at how the Africans have done since they inherited or recovered political power from the European colonial masters -- the problems they have encountered, the forces that have influenced leaders in their choice of strategies in nation-building or economic development, political and economic reforms. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a review of the 1994 edition of the book, of which the 1998 edition is an update:
"The African Experience" is an overview of African history. The backdrop is African political history, but it talks a lot about cultural, social and economic history as well. The first third of the book is about pre-colonial Africa; the middle third is about colonialism to modern times; and the last third is about South Africa and about modern Africa's international affairs.
This book is well organized and is written in a clear, coherent and interesting style. It gives a broad overview, serving as an excellent introduction to the history of Africa as a continent. Although its scope is general, the book does not overlook to explain the details of many significant historical developments. It is generally pan-African in its geographic range of coverage, with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa, and a deliberately detailed chapter narrowing in on the history of modern South! Africa.
The tone of the book is that of one who is proud of the African heritage, yet scrupulously avoids distorting historical facts. The author is defiant towards scholars, politicians and other leaders who try to deprecate the worth and significance of Africa and Africans, yet he stays clear of the exaggeration and reverse racism of certain Afro-centric writers and historians. All in all, "The African Experience" is an excellent general resource and definitely worth acquiring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Carlson on August 17, 2008
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I'll keep this short and sweet. If you want an introduction into African history, this book is pretty amazing. Content-wise, it's really top-notch, and it explicates both the history of the African experience (with particular attention, of course, to the history of the African people's interaction with European colonial powers) and the modern-day travails of its people. However, the reason it doesn't get five stars is because it was pretty horribly edited (as noted above, and punished too harshly for). Most of the time the grammar isn't too bad, but there are quite a number of glaring exceptions, and they really distract from the reading experience sometimes (and I am not a grammar Nazi of any kind). However, if you focus on the content of the material, it's easy to see why this text is used so widely. Simply put, it's that good.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BlackJack21 on May 3, 2009
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My opinion is that Vincent B. Khapoya's "The African Experience" is one of the best sources for ascertaining African history and politics, and it should be read by everyone, particularly White Americans since most of them are uninformed about the many issues that concern a plethora of countries encapsulated in its borders, but according to Khapoya that's starting to change. "People writing about Africa customarily begin with a brief reference to how little Africa is known among Americans. Unlike European powers, the United States never had colonies in Africa, although Liberia (in West Africa) was founded in 1847 by freed African slaves from the United States." Also, the U.S. has maintained relations since then.
In addition, more African immigrants are settling in America today. Also, news events and information are being promulgated in the mainstream media more so then ever before, and even though this is the case "The African Experience" is a pertinent read.

Issues such as the recent Somali Pirates attacking American ships to genocide in Darfur are indeed hot button issues that have made the nightly news. However, I still believe Americans desperately need to try to ascertain what Africa's role on the global main-stage is all about, and how does it factor in our everyday lives. So, I must reiterate that Khapoya's book will lead you in the right direction.

I'll give two examples of just how important Africa really is to American trade and its socioeconomic wellbeing:

The U.S. receives 15% of its oil supply from Nigeria, and 70% of its coco beans from the Ivory Coast for the production of chocolate, and just those two examples alone demonstrates just how important Africa is to our economy.
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I really liked the book. Got what i expected and at the time I needed it. I definitely recommend it!
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