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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel Press Inc.,U.S.; New edition edition (25 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806521899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806521893
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 431,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 April 1999
Format: Paperback
Mr. Jackson was not just an able scholar, but he was a notable writer. This book, as are his others (I've read them all), is very easy to read, never going over the heads of those hardly acquainted with the many aspects of African history with which he deals. His chapters on "Egypt and the Evolution of Civilization" and "Africa and the Civilizing of Europe" are worth the entire price of the book. The introduction, by the late Dr. John Henrick Clarke, is one of the best I've read. Introduction to African Civilizations is well-documented, and is, in my opinion, a classic written by an academic giant.
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This is a very thorough and informative book that places African History into it's correct context, by showing that Africa and Africa has a place amongst the elites around the round table of civilisation. There is even a case to be made that Africa occupies the 'head' of that round table of civilizations throughout the ages. Jackson has shown how Africa influenced the development of many of the concepts that we now hold and how it has influenced both European and world civilisation. He also showed the advance stage of civilisation that Africa reached prior to colonisation by the Europeans. Further, Jackson has dealt with the issue of Egypt and how that great civilisation shaped much of the belief system throughout the world. The book is well referenced and researched and the arguments are presented in a well structured and balance way.. It would be an injustice to say that Jackson was writing in an 'impartial or bias way' in favour of the Africans, which would be a simply accusation to make, especially when we consider that Jackson is an African. However, anyone who reads this book will find that Jackson was simply relaying the facts as they stand and he did this with the support of significant evidence, many of which were presented by European writers and scholars! I applaud his work, which I am sure will leave an positive impression on all who read it. I find that the book can sometimes seem 'long' and far too 'worded', so someone who is not used to reading this level of scholastic work may not find it attractive, however I have read it with patience and care often checking some of the arguments that Jackson presents and this has only added to my knowledge of the great African Civilization. This book she be on the reading list of all educational institution and it should really form a core part of the curriculum both in Africa and within the African Diaspora.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Harris on 28 Jun. 2009
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Dr. John Henrick Clarke stated that just the first chapter 'Africa and the origin of man' is worth the price of this book alone. He was right. Great book which covers all of africa.
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