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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: LAWRENCE HILL & CO. (1 April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556520484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556520488
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This last work of the well-known Senegalese scholar (1923-86) offers a refined statement of his life's work, to prove the primacy of African culture by proving that ancient Egypt was a black society, first in many cultural achievements later claimed by the following Indo-Aryan cultures. To this end, Diop discusses the palaeontology, sociology, anthropology, and intellectual history of the ancient Egyptians set against contemporaneous cultures and also the modern Wolofs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun. 1999
Format: Paperback
Diop demonstrates his multidisciplinary genius in this book. His scientific approach leaves no stone unturned, even when dealing with linguistics. He addresses so many topics, from the origins of civilisation to political and social organisation in ancient states. I especially treasure the chapters on Africa's contribution to humanity in sciences and philosophy. A real eye-opener. Mostly French speaking authors are referenced and critiqued though. It's a shame there aren't more African scholars following Diop's lines of research.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jun. 1999
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I'd suggest this book to anyone who is reading recent books on the origins of civilization. What I liked about it is that Diop was bringing a wealth of research that was otherwise inaccessible to me to the this issue--and I found that I could connect this history to that of Europe and Britain using other resources that I have. the issue I have with is is that some of the work struck me as oriented to handling one set of politically motivated forms of anthropology that he found objectionable-but he didn't consider the work of a lot of other major authors (i.e. the work of Lewis Spence on connections between North Africa and Ancient Britain). I thought Diops criticisms of Gimubutus were especially interesting.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Sept. 1997
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The chapter on Cultural Identity is as powerful and complete as anything I have ever read. Truly one of the greatest thinkers of our time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Breck on 18 Mar. 2013
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... because no-one has deconstructed the roots of civilisation like Diop. It remains relevant because his theories have held up very well in the light of more recent evidence. At one point he even predicts the inevitability of genocide in Rwanda due to it's Sparta-style structure, years before there were signs of this. And he never loses sight of what history is for, to understand and take hold of the future. He'll always be the Pharoah of African history and this book is his masterpiece.
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