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The Penguin Atlas of African History Unknown Binding – 1980


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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1st. Edition edition (1980)
  • ASIN: B0040GEA2E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Aug 2002
Format: Paperback
Africa is a continent who's history prior to the Scramble For Africa is often unknown or ignored. This book gives great detail about Africa's history with helpful maps to give the reader a geographical aspect. The text is in the form of a series of essays about each map, allowing quick access to the desired time period.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Henk Beentje TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Nov 2008
Format: Paperback
Africa is often left off the history table, or only gets mentioned through the colonization period - well, here's the perfect antidote. In 59 maps it takes you from Pangaea to 1978, which is quite a lot of long hops! From the basics like the Great Rift, Olduvai and the Omo River Valley, soon yu're taken to 8000 B.C. and the first subgroups of modern mankind. The great migrations, the first empires, the great empires; trade routes, population densities, and foreign incursions. It is all here, laid out clearly and concisely, and a great introduction to African history with a continental viewpoint.
Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Niel Black on 18 Mar 2012
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McEvedy packs more detail into 130 pages than you could imagine - from Gondwanaland to the African Union. Whichever region of Africa or period of African history you are interested in, this book gives a crash course in its past and its context. The text is crisp and informative - I read it almost straight through and now dip in to remind myself. It is not a coffee table book - the maps are pretty basic, and there are no photos or other illustrations. Nor should you expect to become much of an expert on anything. But it's clear, straightforward and readable, and all most people need to know. And a classic within Penguin's excellent Historical Atlas range.
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