By Michael Brett
Africa is a giant continent, as huge because the extra liveable components of Europe and Asia prepare. It has a background immensely lengthy, but the examine of that background as an educational self-discipline in its personal correct is little greater than fifty years previous. on account that then the topic has grown drastically, however the query of what this background is and the way it's been approached nonetheless has to be requested, no longer least to reply to the query of why should still we learn it. This publication takes as its topic the final 10,000 years of African background, and strains the best way human society at the continent has developed from groups of hunters and gatherers to the advanced populations of at the present time. forthcoming that heritage via its a variety of dimensions: archaeological, ethnographic, written, scriptural, ecu and modern, it seems at how the background of this sort of tremendous area over any such size of time has been conceived and awarded, and the way it truly is to be investigated. the matter itself is historic, and an essential component of the heritage with which it really is involved, starting with the altering wisdom over the centuries of what Africa should be. Michael Brett hence strains the background of Africa not just at the floor, but additionally within the brain, on the way to make his personal historic contribution to the controversy. Michael Brett is Emeritus Reader within the heritage of North Africa at SOAS.