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1st Edition

An Introduction

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ISBN 9780367433734
June 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
352 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Africa: An Introduction invites you in to discover Africa: a continent rich with culture and history, with diverse populations stretching from the dense tropical rain forest of the Congo basin, right up to the Sahara Desert in the north, and down to the Mediterranean climates of the far south.

Containing fifty-five countries, and covering over 20% of the world’s landmass, Africa is the birthplace of humanity, yet the image of Africa in the west is often negative, that of a continent riddled with endemic problems. This accessible and engaging guide to the African continent guides the reader through the history, geography and politics of Africa. It ranges from the impact of slavery and imperialism through to the rise of African nationalism and the achievement of independence, and up to the present moment. Key topics covered include literature, art, technology, religion, the condition of African women, health, education, and the mounting environmental concerns faced by African people.

As Africa moves beyond the painful legacies of slavery and imperialism, this book provides an engaging, uplifting and accessible introduction to a rapidly modernising and diverse continent. Suitable for high school and undergraduate students studying Africa, this book will also serve as the perfect introduction for anyone looking to understand the history of Africa, and the Africa of today.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Rationale for African Studies

1. The Geography of Africa and Topics in African History

2. Slavery

3. Imperialism in Africa

4. African Nationalism and the Drive Towards Independence

5. African Politics

6. African Social Systems

7. Africa’s Environmental Problems

8. Religion in Africa

9. African Economies

10. Women in Africa

11. Africa’s Health Issues

12. Education in Africa

13. African Technology, Music and Art

14. African Literature



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Eustace Palmer is Professor of English at Georgia College and State University, USA. He was born in Sierra Leone, and taught at Fourah Bay College, the University of Sierra Leone, for several years, before relocating to the United States where he became Coordinator of Africana Studies. He is one of the pioneer critics of African literature and is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities in that field.