- Paperback: 450 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone Books; Revised ed. edition (1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684826674
- ISBN-13: 978-0684826677
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is the fourth revision of an excellent book by the prolific and acclaimed author who has done more than anyone else to bring the history of Africa to a popular audience. It covers the general themes of African history and is suitable both as an undergraduate text and for the general reader. The revisions appear to have been minimal, limited primarily to the final chapter and concerned with updating recent events in South Africa. Nevertheless, this is the type of book that most collections of African history, from basic to comprehensive, ought to have.
- Paul H. Thomas, Hoover Inst. Lib., Stanford, Cal.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Book Week Today the history of Africa is undergoing a revolution. No one has done more for that much-needed revolution than Basil Davidson.
Africa, the journal of the International African Institute The best work now available to the general public on the main outlines of the prestigious past of the African continent.
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I've previously read an expose and debunking of the arrogant Eurocentric academic attitude toward Africa (see Martin Bernal's "Black Athena") so I didn't feel I needed a replay of it from Davidson. I came to the conclusion, in light of the extreme generality with which Davidson treated his subject, that I'd do better with histories of particular regions/countries. So I'm starting out with a history of Ethiopia, maybe I'll move on to a history of South Africa, who knows after that.
One point against this book is that it is perhaps too short for its scope. Less than 400 pages, the reader is left with the sensation that he has been told much, and yet has been told nothing - an appropriate sensation, perhaps, to provide the incentive to continue reading about the subject, but the aggregate increase in knowledge resulting from the reading is still not large.
Nevertheless, I would warmly recommend this book to anybody seriously interested in the African subject.