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Sioux Falls Scientists endorse The Civilizations of Africa for
showing us the breath and depth of African civilizations
prior to the armed invasions by the Europeans.

The Civilizations of Africa
A History to 1800
By Christopher Ehret

The Civilizations of Africa (2002) - 480 pages
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With his focus on Precolonial Africa, Christopher Ehret provides in The Civilizations of Africa: A History to 1800 a remarkably complete and original overview of African history during the long periods sparsely covered in most other general histories of the continent. He examines African inventions and civilizations from 16,000 BCE to 1800 CE from the northern tip of Tunisia to the Cape of Good Hope in the south.

Logically organized by topic and era, Ehret’s heavily illustrated and easily accessible text reveals the diversity of African history. It explores the wide range of social and cultural as well as technological and economic change in Africa, and it depicts African agricultural, social, political, cultural, technological, and economic history in relation to developments in the rest of the world. Designed to address the glaring lack of texts concentrating on Africa before 1800, this book can be fruitfully combined with histories of Africa since 1800 to build a full and well-rounded understanding of the roles of Africa’s peoples in human history.

Christopher Ehret is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of An African Classical Age: Eastern and Southern Africa in World History, 1000 B.C. to A.D. 400 (Virginia).

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The Civilizations of Africa
A History to 1800

By Christopher Ehret

Sioux Falls Scientists endorse The Civilizations of Africa for
showing us the breath and depth of African civilizations
prior to the armed invasions by the Europeans.