The Civilizations of Africa: A History to 1800


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University of Virginia Press
Publish Date
August 12, 2016
7.2 X 1.1 X 9.1 inches | 2.45 pounds
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About the Author

Christopher Ehret is Professor of History Emeritus 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).


An authoritative and strikingly original overview of African history up to 1800, written at a level that will be accessible to entering college students.

--Patrick Manning, Northeastern University, author of Migration in Modern World History, 1500-2000

Challenging and innovative... thorough and masterful.... One hopes that Christopher Ehret has initiated a new trend in the writing of African history textbooks, one that challenges previously accepted chronologies and ideas and presents us with an interpretation that connects social, economic, political, and cultural history.

--African Studies Review

Challenges historians to rethink how they teach the African past.... Ehret goes boldly where no writer of an African history textbook has ever gone before.... [The book] has convinced me teachers should stress the deep past, the past that produced the intellectual, cultural, and--yes--spiritual resources that are the bedrock hope of an Africa battered by the past few centuries.

--International Journal of African Historical Studies

With this text, Christopher Ehret provides a compelling account of early African history suitable for undergraduates and those without background in the field, updating the first edition (2002) with recent research.... Anyone who has taught a survey course about Africa knows that the sheer scale of the undertaking is a significant challenge, but Ehret's narrative moves back and forth easily between big-picture developments and closeto-the-ground details.

--The International Journal of African Historical Studies

Ehret offers us systematic and thoughtful coverage of Africa's early history, dividing the period between 22,000 b.c.e. and 1450 into six long chapters, which draw mainly upon his own publications in the field of historical linguistics but also upon archaeology and occasionally other disciplines.