By John Parker, Richard Rathbone

This Very brief creation seems 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 facets of Africa's historical past with quite a number interesting historic examples, drawn from over five millennia throughout this mammoth continent.

The multitude of themes that the reader will find out about during this succinct paintings contain the team spirit and variety of African cultures, slavery, faith, colonial conquest, the diaspora, and the significance of heritage in knowing modern Africa. The ebook examines questions similar to: Who invented the assumption of "Africa"? How is African heritage pieced jointly, given the sort of loss of documentary facts? How did Africa engage with the area 1,000 years ago?

Africa has been often called 'the cradle of mankind', and its recoverable background stretches again to the Pharaohs. however the thought of learning African historical past is itself new, and the authors exhibit why it really is nonetheless contested and arguable. This VSI, the 1st concise paintings of its type, will end up crucial interpreting for an individual drawn to the African continent and the variety of human background.

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14 Dipesh Chakrabarty, Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (Princeton, NJ, 2000). 15 Benjamin A. Elman, From Philosophy to Philology: Intellectual and Social Aspects of Change in Late Imperial China (Cambridge, MA, 1984). qxd 18 1/7/08 10:58 AM Page 18 A GLOBAL HISTORY OF MODERN HISTORIOGRAPHY 16 On-Cho Ng (1953–) stresses the East–West differences in his ‘The Epochal Concept of “Early Modernity” and the Intellectual History of Late Imperial China’, Journal of World History, 14 (2003), 37–61.

In the West, the great Greek historians, particularly Herodotus (c. 484–420 bce) and Thucydides (c. 1 The Islamic world has also been very much aware of the philosophers and the historians of the ancient Hellenic and Hellenistic world. In East Asia the influence of Confucius (c. 551–479 bce), who built and expanded on an earlier tradition of recording and writing history by the ‘shi’ (scribe/historian) on various levels of government, was felt not only in China but also in Japan, Korea and Vietnam.

However, Jones’s views were not shared by other, later commentators, many of whom were in the employ of the East India Company, such as the Utilitarian James Stuart Mill. Mill accused Orientalists like Jones of performing a disservice by presenting a glorified version of the Indian past, when, in fact, both the past and present of India had little to recommend them. The Indians were indeed at a low stage of evolution. ’71 It remained to the British to free the Indians from their primitive culture and bring them into the stream of history.

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