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Book Title: African History for Beginners|
The author of the book: Herb Boyd
Date of issue: February 29th 1992
ISBN 13: 9780863161445
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.36 MB
Edition: Writers & Readers Publishing
Read full description of the books African History for Beginners:This is an interesting book in parts, yet a very disappointing and patronising one too. Also, this was first published back in 1994, so there is more up to date information, which could have been included, for example, there is very little information in the book about the Nubian Kings (25th Dynasty), yet they were known about before the 1990s, despite Nubian sculptures being found of late.
The title is 'African History', but looks at mainly ancient African history from 40,000 BCE and early humans - 1695 CE when the Ashanti Nation is founded. It doesn't cover anything over the last few centuries, avoiding colonial and post colonial history, which is of interest too.
There are some interesting facts about some of the tribes, some myths, important people, some events, but not enough. Some of the earliest churches and Christian writings would have been made by Egyptian and Ethiopian scholars and practitioners. Herodotus and Cassius Dio wrote about Africa, yet they don't feature. Africa as a continent has a mixture of different peoples. Lots of various events have taken place within each region, but I'm not sure that this has been very well conveyed.
It touches very briefly on racist assumptions made by Europeans that indigenous Africans couldn't build structures and this might have been why Jebel Barkal, (was used preceding the Nubian Kings, but was also re-used by them) and the Nubian Kings don't feature. There are no notes to see where the sources have come from.
The information in the book is told by a griot, a storyteller/historian and this is done in a very childish way. Who is this book for? There is quite a good (yet old) bibliography. I'm not convinced that the author read much of what is on the list. Being familiar with some of the authors myself, more information could have been gathered for this book. Best to look elsewhere. A 'beginners guide' should be informative and make you want to know more about this amazing continent. Sadly, this fails. A pity...
Read information about the authorHerb Boyd is an awarding winning author and journalist who has published 17 books and countless articles for national magazines and newspapers. Brotherman:The Odyssey of Black Men in America: An Anthology (One World/Ballantine, 1995), co-edited with Robert Allen of the Black Scholar journal, won the American Book Award for nonfiction. In 1999, Boyd won three first place awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists for his articles published in the Amsterdam News.
In 2006, Boyd worked with world music composer Yusef Lateef on his autobiography The Gentle Giant, which was published by Morton Books of New Jersey. In 2008, he published Baldwin's Harlem: A Biography of James Baldwin, and is working with filmmaker Keith Beauchamp on several projects. Boyd has been inducted into both the Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent and the Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame as a journalist.
Along with his writing, Boyd is also the Managing Editor of The Black World Today, one of the leading online publications on the Internet. Boyd, a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, teaches African and African-American History at the College of New Rochelle in the Bronx, and is an adjunct instructor at City College in the Black Studies Department.
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