African History: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback

African History: A Very Short Introduction Paperback

Part of the Very Short Introductions series

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Essential reading for anyone interested in the African continent and the diversity of human history, this Very Short Introduction looks at Africa's past and reflects on the changing ways it has been imagined and represented.

Key themes in current thinking about Africa's history are illustrated with a range of fascinating historical examples, drawn from over 5 millennia across this vast continent.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

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Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 184 pages, 29 halftones, 4 maps
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: African history
  • ISBN: 9780192802484



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This was an interesting little book. It was definitely interesting, but it was more of a historiography, or history of the study of African history, than an introduction to African history itself. I would have liked more chronology and meat in a history text, but as an historiographical (is that even a word?!) essay, it held my attention. Three stars.