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The Gifts of Africa : How a Continent and Its People Changed the World

The Gifts of Africa : How a Continent and Its People Changed the World

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Publisher : Prometheus Books
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"The West will begin to understand Africa when it realizes it's not talking to a child-it's talking to its mother." So writes Jeff Pearce in the introduction to his fascinating, groundbreaking work, African Ideas: How a Continent and Its People Changed the World. We learn early on in school how Europe and Asia gave us important literature, science, and art, and how their nations changed the course of history. But what about Africa? There are plenty of books that detail its colonialism, corrup
March, 2022
"The West will begin to understand Africa when it realizes it's not talking to a child-it's talking to its mother." So writes Jeff Pearce in the introduction to his fascinating, groundbreaking work, African Ideas: How a Continent and Its People Changed the World. We learn early on in school how Europe and Asia gave us important literature, science, and art, and how their nations changed the course of history. But what about Africa? There are plenty of books that detail its colonialism, corruption, famine, and war, but few that discuss the debt owed to African thinkers and innovators. In African Ideas, we meet Zera Yacob, an Ethiopian philosopher who developed the same critical approach and several of the same ideas as Rene Descartes. We consider how Somalis traded with China, and we meet the African warrior queens who still inspire national pride. We explore how Liberia's Edward Wilmot Blyden deeply influenced Marcus Garvey, and we sneak into the galleries and theaters of 1920s Paris, where African art and dance first began to make huge impacts on the world. Relying on meticulous research, Pearce brings to life a rich intellectual legacy and profiles modern innovators like acclaimed griot Papa Susso and renowned economist George Ayittey from Ghana. From the ancient Nubians to a Nigerian superstar in modern painting and sculpture, from the father of sociology in the Maghreb to how the Mau Mau in Kenya influenced Malcom X, African Ideas is bold, engaging, and takes the reader on a journey of thousands of years up to the present day. Past works have reinforced misconceptions about Africa, from its oral traditions and languages to its resistance to colonial powers. Other books have treated African achievements as a parade of honorable mentions and novelties. This book is different-refreshingly different. It tells the stories behind the milestones and provides insights into how great Africans thought, and how they passed along what they learned. Provocative and entertaining, African Ideas at last gives the continent its due, and it should change the way we learn about the interactions of cultures and how we teach the history of the world.
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ISBN13 9781633887701
Publisher Prometheus Books
Contributor By (author) Jeff Pearce
Publication Date 2022-04-15
Language English
Format Hardback
Pages 384
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 229 X 152 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 500
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"The West will begin to understand Africa when it realizes it's not talking to a child-it's talking to its mother." So writes Jeff Pearce in the introduction to his fascinating, groundbreaking work, African Ideas: How a Continent and Its People Changed the World. We learn early on in school how Europe and Asia gave us important literature, science, and art, and how their nations changed the course of history. But what about Africa? There are plenty of books that detail its colonialism, corruption, famine, and war, but few that discuss the debt owed to African thinkers and innovators. In African Ideas, we meet Zera Yacob, an Ethiopian philosopher who developed the same critical approach and several of the same ideas as Rene Descartes. We consider how Somalis traded with China, and we meet the African warrior queens who still inspire national pride. We explore how Liberia's Edward Wilmot Blyden deeply influenced Marcus Garvey, and we sneak into the galleries and theaters of 1920s Paris, where African art and dance first began to make huge impacts on the world. Relying on meticulous research, Pearce brings to life a rich intellectual legacy and profiles modern innovators like acclaimed griot Papa Susso and renowned economist George Ayittey from Ghana. From the ancient Nubians to a Nigerian superstar in modern painting and sculpture, from the father of sociology in the Maghreb to how the Mau Mau in Kenya influenced Malcom X, African Ideas is bold, engaging, and takes the reader on a journey of thousands of years up to the present day. Past works have reinforced misconceptions about Africa, from its oral traditions and languages to its resistance to colonial powers. Other books have treated African achievements as a parade of honorable mentions and novelties. This book is different-refreshingly different. It tells the stories behind the milestones and provides insights into how great Africans thought, and how they passed along what they learned. Provocative and entertaining, African Ideas at last gives the continent its due, and it should change the way we learn about the interactions of cultures and how we teach the history of the world.
Products specifications
ISBN13 9781633887701
Publisher Prometheus Books
Contributor By (author) Jeff Pearce
Publication Date 2022-04-15
Language English
Format Hardback
Pages 384
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 229 X 152 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 500
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