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Seven Myths of Africa in World History

Seven Myths of Africa in World History

David Northrup
Series Editors: Alfred J. Andrea and Andrew Holt

September 2017
Series: Myths of History - 192 pp.

Format ISBN Price Qty
Cloth (no dust jacket) 978-1-62466-640-7
$54.00
Paper 978-1-62466-639-1
$19.00
Examination 978-1-62466-639-1
$3.00

Quick Overview

Series: Myths of History


"Northrup’s highly accessible book breaks through the most common barriers that readers encounter in studying African history. Each chapter takes on a common myth about Africa and explains both the sources of the myth and the research that debunks it. These provocative chapters will promote lively discussions among readers while deepening their understanding of African and world history. The book is strengthened by its incorporation of actors and issues representing the African diaspora and African Americans in particular." —Rebecca Shumway, College of Charleston

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"Northrup’s highly accessible book breaks through the most common barriers that readers encounter in studying African history. Each chapter takes on a common myth about Africa and explains both the sources of the myth and the research that debunks it. These provocative chapters will promote lively discussions among readers while deepening their understanding of African and world history. The book is strengthened by its incorporation of actors and issues representing the African diaspora and African Americans in particular."
     —Rebecca Shumway, College of Charleston

"A superb introduction to major themes in African history, lively and without jargon, and pitched at the right level for a general or student readership. At the same time, it does not oversimplify. Unlike many other introductions to African history, the text does not overwhelm with details, but focuses on arguments and issues with which readers can engage.
     "Northrup’s approach is balanced. Even as it engages with some politically sensitive topics, it does so in a careful and fair fashion: A thoughtful book, drawing on and reflecting the best traditions of Africanist scholarship. Most of all, it was a pleasure to read."
     —David Gordon, Bowdoin College

"Seven Myths of Africa in World History, the latest of David Northrup's incisive and profound investigations of Africa's history, is a great intellectual menu in its taste and variety. Based essentially on a critique of earlier scholarship and a fresh reading of the expanding corpus of primary data on Africa's variegated and complex history, Northrup provides an excellent critique of earlier writings on the cultural, economic, social, political, and religious landscapes of Africa as influenced by both internal and external forces of change and continuity. With tremendous scholarly erudition and insight, Northrup challenges, and proffers explanations to, many prevailing assumptions, falsehoods and distortions that have been produced and circulated by ignorance and prejudices over a long period of time. No doubt, both the unyielding expert and the man with general education will read this magnificent book with great profit and delight.”
     —David Lishilinimle Imbua, University of Calabar


Table of Contents:

Series Editors’ Foreword
Editor’s Preface
Introduction

  1. No History in Africa? Can the Oldest Humans Have the Shortest History?
  2. How Special Can Ethiopia Be?
  3. Encounters with Non-Africans: Good, Bad, or Complicated?
  4. The Atlantic Slave Trade: Stolen Bodies, Stolen Identities?
  5. Merrie Olde Africa: Change, Continuity, and Identity
  6. Is Islam More Authentically African than Christianity?
  7. The Mythical Present: Africa Rising? Africa Failing?

Epilogue
Suggested Readings

 

About the Author:

David Northrup is Emeritus Professor of History, Boston College, and recipient of the 2017 World History Association's Pioneers in World History Award.