3rd Edition

The History of Africa
The Quest for Eternal Harmony

ISBN 9781138710382
Published January 8, 2019 by Routledge
498 Pages

USD $52.95

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Book Description

Authoritative and comprehensive, The History of Africa provides an accessible narrative from earliest prehistory to the present day, with unusual attention paid to the ordinary lives of Africans. This survey includes a wealth of indigenous ideas, African concepts, and traditional outlooks that have escaped the writing of African history in the West. The fully updated new edition includes information on the recent conflicts in Libya and the Sudan, as well as additional content on the experiences and contributions of women. A companion website offers a wealth of supporting resources for each chapter, including new historic maps, primary sources, video and audio clips, and links to sites for further research. Richly illustrated and clearly written, this volume is an indispensable introduction to the major developments, personalities, and events that have shaped the history of the African continent.

Table of Contents


PART I - The Time of Awakening

Africa and the Origin of Humanity

PART II - The Age of Literacy

Africa and the Beginning of Civilization

The Rise of Kemet/Egypt

The Elements of Early African Civilization

Governance and the Political Stability of Kemet

PART III - The Moment of Realization

The Emergence of the Great River Kingdoms

PART IV - The Age of Construction

The Spread of Classical Empires and Kingdoms

The Sudanic Empires: Historians and Their Narratives

Generators of Traditional and Contemporary Africa

Societies of Secrets and Institutions

PART V - The Time of Chaos

Arab and European Missionaries, Merchants, and Mercenaries

Resisting European and Arab Slave Traders


The Age of Reconstruction

Africa Regains Consciousness in a Pan-African Explosion

PART VII - The Time for Consolidation

Africa Consolidates Independence

Toward a United States of Africa without Compromise: Creation of the African Union

Appendix 1: Chronology of Africa

Appendix 2: Resolution on the Situation in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile State

Appendix 3: Some African Ethnic Groups

Appendix 4: Major Linguistic Complexes

Appendix 5: Largest Countries by Population



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Molefi Kete Asante is Professor and Chair of the Department of Africology and African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, and President of the Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Black Studies and has published 83 books, including Revolutionary Pedagogy (2017), As I Run Towards Africa (2015), and The African American People: A Global History (2013).