(EPUB) [Africa: A Biography of the Continent]

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  • Africa: A Biography of the Continent
  • John Reader
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  • 10 May 2020
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Read Africa: A Biography of the Continent Africa: A Biography of the Continent Free read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook In 1978 paleontologists in East Africa discovered the earliest evidence of our divergence from the apes three pre human footprints striding away from a volcano were preserved in the petrified surface of a mudpan over three million years ago Out of Africa the world's most ancient and stable landmass Homo sapiens dispersed across the globe And yet the continent that gave birth to human history has long been woefully misunderstood and mistreated by the rest of the world In a book as splendid in its wealth of information as it is breathtaking in scope British writer and photojournalist John Reader brings to light Africa's geology and evolution the majestic array of its landforms and environments the rich diversity of its peoples and their ways of life the devastating legacies of slavery and colonialism as well as recent political troubles and triumphs Written in simple elegant prose and illustrated with Reader's own photographs Africa A Biography of the Continent is an unforgettable book that will delight the general reader and expert alike. John Reader s book of Africa A Biography of the Continent is a tour de force which won the Alan Paton Award in 1998 a South African non fiction literary awardThis is history over the long term and over a broad canvas However given its length of 677 pages excluding maps detailed references and index the canvas presents a rich story of how that history unfolded over time and placeThe author undertakes an ambitious task by exploring various facets of that history and their interplay with one another The components include the backdrop of the geography of the continent whose sheer size permits it to cover a wide range of climatic conditions ranging from Mediterranean type climates in the far north and south through sub tropical and tropical The earlier parts of the book establish this landscape and its ramifications for human development since the emergence of homo sapiens through to modern times Deliberately the author restricts the range of the geography and book to sub Sahara Africa since this is the part of the continent that shares a common experience with its interactions to the outside world especially Europe and the Arabic worldThe book will be of interest to anyone wanting to gain a reasonable overview of how the broad history of the bulk of Africa evolved over time both in terms of its environment and its human social history It is a story that reveals some deeply flawed myths held in the Western psyche about this great continent and its varied peoples In particular it holds up a mirror to European history from the time of the search for a passage to the Indies whose subseuent 500 years opened the continent albeit it slowly at first to the ambitions and desires of external forces from Europe and the Arabic worldsIf you want to gain a better feel for how and why the modern map of sub Saharan Africa looks the way it does today then you need to read a book like this to appreciate the forces which shaped today s map It is a long read but unless you are already familiar with the subject you are likely to emerge much better informed and curious to learn about this great continent and its varied history It will be worth the journey

Read Africa: A Biography of the Continent

Africa: A Biography of the Continent

Read Africa: A Biography of the Continent Africa: A Biography of the Continent Free read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook In 1978 paleontologists in East Africa discovered the earliest evidence of our divergence from the apes three pre human footprints striding away from a volcano were preserved in the petrified surface of a mudpan over three million years ago Out of Africa the world's most ancient and stable landmass Homo sapiens dispersed across the globe And yet the continent that gave birth to human history has long been woefully misunderstood and mistreated by the rest of the world In a book as splendid in its wealth of information as it is breathtaking in scope British writer and photojournalist John Reader brings to light Africa's geology and evolution the majestic array of its landforms and environments the rich diversity of its peoples and their ways of life the devastating legacies of slavery and colonialism as well as recent political troubles and triumphs Written in simple elegant prose and illustrated with Reader's own photographs Africa A Biography of the Continent is an unforgettable book that will delight the general reader and expert alike. This book covers the history of the continent from its geological formation the evolution and migration of mankindIt s a book that a great deal of research is explained is an understandable format that you can be read in topic sectionsIts an 802 page book but easy to read take time to cover each section

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Read Africa: A Biography of the Continent Africa: A Biography of the Continent Free read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook In 1978 paleontologists in East Africa discovered the earliest evidence of our divergence from the apes three pre human footprints striding away from a volcano were preserved in the petrified surface of a mudpan over three million years ago Out of Africa the world's most ancient and stable landmass Homo sapiens dispersed across the globe And yet the continent that gave birth to human history has long been woefully misunderstood and mistreated by the rest of the world In a book as splendid in its wealth of information as it is breathtaking in scope British writer and photojournalist John Reader brings to light Africa's geology and evolution the majestic array of its landforms and environments the rich diversity of its peoples and their ways of life the devastating legacies of slavery and colonialism as well as recent political troubles and triumphs Written in simple elegant prose and illustrated with Reader's own photographs Africa A Biography of the Continent is an unforgettable book that will delight the general reader and expert alike. I loved this book It took me a while to get through it but I didn t want to miss a single chapter I was born in Africa in the 1950 s during the colonial era and probably never got a full picture of the way things were Aside from the fascinating early history of the continent and the migration of peoples out of Africa this book was so informative about many issues such as slavery and colonialism and it filled all the gaps for me I highly recommend this wonderful tome and wish that it had continued to cover another couple of decades to the present Brilliantly researched and put together in terms that any layman can understand