African History: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by John Parker, Richard Rathbone

By John Parker, Richard Rathbone

This Very brief advent appears at Africa's earlier and displays at the altering methods it's been imagined and represented, either in Africa and past. the writer illustrates very important elements of Africa's background with a number attention-grabbing historic examples, drawn from over five millennia throughout this large continent.

The multitude of themes that the reader will find out about during this succinct paintings contain the cohesion and variety of African cultures, slavery, faith, colonial conquest, the diaspora, and the significance of heritage in realizing modern Africa. The e-book examines questions similar to: Who invented the belief of "Africa"? How is African heritage pieced jointly, given this type of loss of documentary facts? How did Africa have interaction with the area 1,000 years ago?

Africa has been referred to as 'the cradle of mankind', and its recoverable heritage stretches again to the Pharaohs. however the thought of learning African heritage is itself new, and the authors exhibit why it's nonetheless contested and debatable. This VSI, the 1st concise paintings of its type, will turn out crucial interpreting for somebody attracted to the African continent and the variety of human historical past.

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40. For a thoughtful discussion of this dynamic in a Norwegian context see Robert Marc Friedman, “Civilization and National Honour: The Rise of Norwegian Geophysical and Cosmic Science,” in Making Sense of Space: The History of Norwegian Space Activities, ed. John Peter Collett (Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Boston: Scandinavian University Press, 1995), 3–40. 41. See notably Clements Markham, “Opening Address,” in Report of the Sixth International Geographical Congress, Held in London 1895 (London: Murray, 1896), 7–25.

18. Apsley Cherry-Garrard is an oft-quoted example. Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World 1910–1913 (London: Constable and Company, 1922). 19.  Rivers, 1905). 20. See for example Peder Roberts, “Heroes for the Past and Present: A Century of Remembering Amundsen and Scott,” Endeavour 35, no. 002. 21. One of us—Howkins—has considered this question at some length. ’ Some Thoughts on (Not) Visiting Antarctica,” Environmental History 15, no. 1093/envhis/emq060. 22. ” 23. Sanjay Chaturvedi, Dawning of Antarctica: A Geopolitical Analysis, (New Delhi: Segment Books, 1990); Dodds, Pink Ice; Adrian Howkins, “Defending Polar Empire: Opposition to India’s Proposal to Raise the ‘Antarctic Question’ at the United Nations in 1956,” Polar Record 44, no.

To demand utility is to make the humanities a pale imitation of the sciences—social as well as natural. But in the Antarctic context, it is precisely the fact that humanities scholarship is not an obvious part of the standard toolbox for interrogating the far south that makes it so important. ” While we recognize the intrinsic worth of humanities scholarship, we also emphasize the value of investigating the Antarctic from a range of disciplinary and epistemological perspectives. ANTARCTICA: A CONTINENT FOR THE HUMANITIES 5 Indeed, the question of utility today confronts the humanities as a whole.

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