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The World and Africa: An Inquiry into the Part which Africa has Played in World History Paperback – Sep 1965

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: International Publishers Co Inc.,U.S.; An Enl. Ed., edition (Sept. 1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717802213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717802210
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 20.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,305,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The American educator and writer reviews the tragic impact of Europe on Africans and the rise of Pan-African socialism.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Excellent! A must read for the student of world history. 4 Mar. 1999
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DuBois' work is a seminal accomplishment. This is a wonderful survey of the important, nay, vital role that Afrika and Afrikan people have played in world history. DuBois gives the reader an intricate and thoroughgoing glimpse at how Afrika and all of her resources - mineral, human, land - have shaped the destiny and laid the foundation for the modern world. A must read for the novice or specialist in Afrikan history and geopolitics. Further, the author shows how European economies have been bolstered at the expense of Afrikan people. In one chapter, "The Rape of Africa," the reader is given a chance to see how the colonial powers partitioned the continent to satisfy their own hegemonic and dastardly needs. This is an important work that should, no doubt, be a cornerstone of any Black Studies, Political Science, or World History class.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Cornel West before Cornel West 15 July 2008
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This book further highlights the brilliance of W.E.B. DuBois. He masterfully articulates the contributions of Africa to the world, contributions that most people are not aware of. This is not the type of book that some people might classify as just another attempt to put a black face on history. To think that is not to know Dr. Dubois. This book is scholarship.

DuBois was the first African-American to receive a PhD. from Harvard University. His other education came from some of the best schools in the United States and Europe. His methods of research were more of a scientist than a historian or surveyor. It was through his meticulous methodolory that we have much of what we now call sociology. (His dissertation was entitled "The Suppression of the African Slave Trade", also in print.)Being of mixed heritage, DuBois experienced privilege and discrimination, all making him very critical of oppression and racism.

This book takes the reader back to some of the first encounters between Africa and Europe, highlighting many consequences of those encounters. He looked at the beginnings of civilization (in Ethiopia and the along the Nile Valley) and the inner workings of the slave trade. Kusha and Nubia are given a place in world history, as well as the kingdoms of Ghana, Mali and Songhai.

As a sociologist, DuBois laid out the results of free labor and the products that gave wealth to Europe and America. One chapter is entitled "The Rape of Africa", where he looked at the resources that were taken from Africa like labor and diamonds among other things. You even get a look at the Pan-African Movement, the need to bring Africans in the Diaspora together for a common cause. You actually begin to see how DuBois and Booker T. Washington clashed on isssues and how DuBois starts to pick up some of the ideas of nationalist Marcus Garvey. There is a statement he makes on p. 310 ending an address to the people of Ghana on the future of Africa in 1958 at age 90 where he says, " You have nothing to lose but your chains! You have a continent to regain! You have freedom and human dignity to attain!" Quite different from the integrationist that history so vividly spotlights.

I personally found the end of the book most interesting. DuBois wrote of the effects of capitalism on the world. His analysis brought forth the idea that the desire for personal gain justified the treatment of others that were differents. There are copies of speeches that he gave while in his 90's, still showing his intellectual prowess and his disdain for the conditions that effected African-Americans and the African continent (this is during the 1960s). He spoke to the importance of having an independent African continent and relationships with China and the Soviet Union.

I'm glad that these parts are at the end because DuBois' communist reputation would taint the brilliance of the book. The end is were it becomes evident that he has socialist views. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to make some real connections between some of the world's current situations and the past. Dr. DuBois gives us insight on World Wars I and II, the beginnings of the Pan-African Movement (and if you read between the lines, he plants some seeds of the Niagra Movement and the NAACP) and African Independence Movement of the 1960's (led by Kwame Nkrumah).

The closest we have seen to this type of critial thinking and reflection on European dominance of the world is Dr. Cornel West. WEB DuBois is one of greatest minds the United States has produced, in the catagory of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. Yet he will never get his just due because he was a registered Communist and America has no sympathy for Communists.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Classic!!! 11 April 2010
By Christopher C. Iwobi - Published on
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A wonderful overview of the monumental role African people have played in history before the slave trade.Some of the topics in this book include Black Ancient Egypt, how the Greeks and the Romans revered Blacks and held black africans in such a positive light, Black African(MOORS) conquest of the Iberian peninsula (Spain and Portugal), the medieval West African kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay who were world renown for their tremendous wealth and military power, and various other pertinent topics in African history.

I especially like the "Rape of Africa" chapter, as Du Bois provides a thorough explanation as to the devastating impact the slave trade had on Western and Central African civilizations/societies. He also discusses how the slave trade catapulted Europe ahead of the rest of the world in terms of wealth and power. They dont seem to teach this information in high schools.

For those who want an introduction to Black African history and why people of African descent are struggling in the world today, this book is for you. This is probably the best introduction to Black African history book that I have ever read. Another book to read along with this book is J.A Roger's "Nature Knows no Color", a book that discusses many the same things that Du Bois addresses but provides better background information of each topic. We need to have both of these books read to all black people!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Collectiable 30 Mar. 2013
By Marilyn - Published on
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Added this to my library, and will get around to ready it very soon. It does look like it has some interesting information.
Good Read 9 April 2013
By Big Sistah Patty - Published on
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I had a few problems with the book. However, it is well worth reading. I recommend it. Ashe' y'all. Peace.
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