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Sioux Falls Scientists endorse Precolonial Black Africa for showing us that
Africa had mighty civilzations long before the European armed invasions.

Precolonial Black Africa
By Cheikh Anta Diop

Precolonial Black Africa (1988) - 240 pages
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Now available in English for the first time, Precolonial Black Africa is one of three major works by Cheikh Anta Diop that attempts to reconstruct African history and the black contribution to the foundations of Western civilization.

In this book, Diop compares the political and social systems of Europe and black Africa from antiquity to the formation of modern states. Throughout, his intent is not to provide a history as such, but rather guidelines for historians and others who seek a scientific understanding of Precolonial societies in Africa, the Mediterranean, and Europe and their links with the earliest known stages of human development. Students and scholars of Africa and world history will be challenged by Diop's original - though controversial - analysis of the similarities and striking differences between black Africa and the West.

Since 1974, when Diop's African Origin of Civilization first appeared in English translation, his ideas have transformed the basic thrust of African studies in the United States. Now in its tenth printing, this classic work reclaims thousands of years of African history that were either glossed over or suppressed by the Western missionaries and scholars who "opened up" Africa. In the words of John Henrik Clarke:

Those who read this book seriously are in for a shock and a rewarding experience in learning. This is a major work by a major Black historian. At last, the renaissance of African historiography from an African point of view has begun, and none too soon.

Educated in his native Senegal and at the Sorbonne, Cheikh Anta Diop was director of the Radio Carbon Dating Center at the University of Dakar, Senegal until his death in February 1986.

7-1-17 One of Africa's best kept secrets - its history
One of Africa's best kept secrets - its history
Africa has a rich and complex history but there is widespread ignorance of this heritage. A celebrated British historian once said there was only the history of Europeans in Africa. Zeinab Badawi has been asking what is behind this lack of knowledge and looking at the historical record for an African history series on BBC World News. The Great Pyramid of Giza in Cairo is rightly considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. But travel further south along the River Nile and you will find a thousand pyramids that belonged to the Kingdom of Kush, in what is now Sudan. Kush was an African superpower and its influence extended to what is now called the Middle East. The kingdom lasted for many hundreds of years and in the eighth Century BC, it conquered Egypt and governed for the best part of a century. What remains of the kingdom is equally impressive. More than 300 of these pyramids are still intact, almost untouched since they were built nearly 3,000 years ago. Some of the best examples can be found in Jebel Barkal in northern Sudan, declared a world heritage site by the UN's cultural agency, Unesco. Here you can find pyramids, tombs, temples and burial chambers complete with painted scenes and writings that Unesco describes as masterpieces "of creative genius demonstrating the artistic, social, political and religious values of a human group for more than 2,000 years".

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Precolonial Black Africa
By Cheikh Anta Diop

Sioux Falls Scientists endorse Precolonial Black Africa for showing us that
Africa had mighty civilzations long before the European armed invasions.