The History of Africa
The Quest for Eternal Harmony
Routledge – 2007 – 416 pages
This book provides a wide-ranging history of Africa from earliest prehistory to the present day – using the cultural, social, political, and economic lenses of Africa as instruments to illuminate the ordinary lives of Africans. The result is a fresh survey that includes a wealth of indigenous ideas, African concepts, and traditional outlooks that have escaped the writing of African history in the West.
This straightforward, illustrated and factual text allows the reader to access the major developments, personalities and events on the African continent. Written by a world expert in African history, this ground-breaking survey is an indispensable guide.
Introduction Part 1: The Time of the Awakening 1. Africa and the Origin of Humanity Part 2: The Age of Literacy 2. Africa and the Beginning of Civilization 3. The Rise of Kemet/Egypt 4. The Elements of Early African Civilization 5. Governance and the Political Stability of Kemet Part 3: The Moment of Realization 6. The Emergence of the Great River Kingdoms Part 4: The Age of Construction 7. The Spread of Classical Empires and Kingdoms 8. The Sudanic Empires: Historians and Their Narratives 9. Generators of Traditional and Contemporary Africa 10. Societies of Secrets: Farmers and Metallurgists Part 5: The Time of the Chaos 11. Arab and European Missionaries, Merchants and Mercenaries 12. Resisting European and Arab Slave Traders Part 6: The Age of Reconstruction 13. Africa Regains Consciousness in a Pan African Explosion Part 7: The Time for Consolidation 14. Africa Consolidates Independence 15. Toward a United States of Africa Without Compromise
Molefi Kete Asante is Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Black Studies and has published 63 books including 100 Greatest African Americans (2002) and the high school text African American History (second edition 2001).