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Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500BC to 2000AD [Paperback]

Chancellor Williams
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21 Oct 1994
This is a widely read classic exposition of the history of Africans on the continent, the people of African descent in the United States and in the diaspora. This is well researched scholarly work detailing the development of civilisation in Africa and its destruction.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Third World Press,U.S.; New edition edition (21 Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883780305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883780305
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chancellor Williams is the author of ""The Rebirth of African Civilization.""

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wide-ranging, brave view of black history 16 May 2008
This is a tough and decisive answer to the question, "Why are black people always on the back foot?". It is a very strong challenge to the other extremist view of black inferiority; arguing strongly in favor of black pride and black unity. Despite the charged nature of the discourse, it contains very many facts of African history which are less known and acclaimed, probably because they do not fit in with modern stereotypes of African history, constructed in a nineteenth century that was dominated by "standard" notions of African inferiority. For example, the contributions of early African civilization to technological advancement, the role of Sudan in Egyptian civilization, black resistance in Nubia to Arab encroachment etc. The reader should, however, be warned that this book does not pretend to be a passive account of black history. The author is very proactive and radical in his interpretations; intending the book as a blue print for mobilizing the black race against a supposed historical conspiracy by white and arab races to marginalize it. I enjoyed it for the raw historical facts but was careful to choose what interpretations of these facts I accepted as true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading! 3 July 2007
Definately one of the best, most interesting and most important books I've ever read. There's not that much more for me to add to what the other reviewers have said. Chancellor Williams has done a great job in using examples in history as case studies to describe how black civilization has been destroyed and how the african peoples are where they are today. You'll probably feel enlightened after reading this, as I did, because you'll find yourself with a fresh and deeper understanding of the past and things which are happening today! For example, I see ancient egypt and how they teach you about it in schol in a different light. I also have a new understanding of the situation in Darfur, Sudan - but I'll let you discover that for yourself.

One of the best things about this book is the fact that Williams presents a solution to the problems facing Blacks worldwide which is well thought out and less idealistic than some solutions that you may have heard before.

Respect and praise is due to Chancellor Williams for his dedication (16 years of research!), his innovation and his integrity as a historian. This book is recommendable to everyone, but especially to africans and the african diaspora. If you are interested in reading up on african history (which is a more difficult task than reading up on the history of any other race) then this is a very good sarting point. I recommend buying this book, just so you can show it to others and spread the knowledge.
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I read this book last year and man oh man, it was eye opening. I learn't so much about africa, the fact the the persians invaded africa before the caucasians, the fact they were defeated but came back after the empires weakened. i enjoyed and learn't about the ethiopian empire, the songhay empire, the south of africa inparticular the zulu of south africa and the rhodesian empire, the many kings and queens who led from the front and defended motherland africa.
I will forever remember the name chancellor williams, a man who lived into his 90's and must have done remarkable amount of travelling and research to write this book.
It is just remarkable how much information is in this book, and for a first timer wantng to read a book about africa, a paperback sized book that gives enough detail without being 1000+pages, and chronicles a period between 5000bc-1900ad, then this is the book without doubt.
I enjoyed reading about the empires, the kings and queens, with queen nzinga of angola being my favourite as the europeans couldn't defeat her and had to wait for her to die before invading angola.
I have read more about africa, influenced by this book and would recommend 'the state of africa'by martin meridith for more recent history after independence, enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seek and you will find 29 Sep 2009
This book is for the black or coloured person who has found enlightenment as well as for every reader of black history. To know where you are going, one must first know where they are coming from and this book is a light in the dark that is African history. The journey of discovery must begin with self first and foremost. You ask the questions of yourself...who am I? where did I come from? where am I now? Why? and where do I want to be? And only then do you pick up this book. This book does not answer all the questions that you can ask of yourself as a black person in the new world, but really maps out the most important question that you could ask of yourself ...who am I?

In a very decisive response, the book tells you that whether you are coloured or black, you are the descendants of a once mighty race...a pioneer in the field or arts, crafts, science, engineering, politics, social and economic discipline. So that having read the book, you will realise that it falls to you to rediscover the greatness that runs through your veins. A must read for all blacks and coloureds!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant survey by a brilliant visionary. 4 Mar 1999
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The average reader of this book always misconstrues it's purpose. The purpose of this book is not to be descriptive, but prescriptive. In other words, The Destruction is not meant to serve solely as a history book. The book's purpose is to provide Afrikan people with an historical background into Afrikan-specific problems of the past, while at the same time, giving viable solutions to what Afrikan people should do to solve the same, lingering problems that slavery, colonialism, and neo-colonialism are very definitely at the root of. One of Mr. Williams' most brilliant observances is the politcal role that Arabs and Islam have played in and among Afrikan people. He cogently and correctly exposes how Afrika and her people have been historically duped and demeaned, not only by Europeans [Chrisitans] and Asians, but by Arabs also. This one issue has been the most talked about, but the least understood. To extract the true essence and point of book one need but look at its subtitle - "Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D." That says it all right there. Chancellor Williams, visionary that he was, knew that by the start of the new millenium, Afrikan people would be suffering the same problems that Afrikan people of 4500 B.C. suffered unless . . . we took a step back and gave a critical, crucial, and correct analysis of the problems that confront us. At the end of the book, Williams offers what he refers to as "The Master Plan"; to give Afrikan people a blueprint toward true power and an understanding of who they are and who they still have to be in this world. An most excellent read that prompts you to move from theory to practice!!
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