Africa's Past, Our Future

Africa's Past, Our Future

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Africa's Past, Our Future engages the history of the African continent through the perspective of global issues such as political instability, economic development, and climate change. Since the past may offer alternative models for thinking about our collective future, this book promotes an appreciation for African social, economic, and political systems that have endured over the long-term and that offer different ways of thinking about a sustainable future. Introducing readers to the wide variety of sources from which African history is constructed, the book's ten chapters cover human evolution, the domestication of plants and animals, climate change, social organization, the slave trade and colonization, development, and contemporary economics and more

Product details

  • Hardback | 244 pages
  • 157.48 x 233.68 x 20.32mm | 548.84g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 10 maps, 2 b&w illus., 4 tables
  • 0253016479
  • 9780253016478

Review quote

This book is an innovative, important, and courageous addition to African and world history scholarship. . . . Africa's Past is a much-needed text for teaching African history. Smythe not only provides an excellent survey of the latest research on Africa's past, she also presents a concise and clear argument as to why this history is relevant today. * African Studies Review * Recommended. * Choice *show more

About Kathleen R. Smythe

Kathleen R. Smythe teaches African history, global economic development, and sustainability at Xavier University. She is author of Fipa Families: Reproduction and Catholic Evangelization in Nkasi, Ufipa, more

Table of contents

Introduction: Why We Need African HistoryPart 1. The Long Duree1. Human Evolution and Becoming Human2. Agriculture in History3. Africans' Adaptions to Climate Change: Past and PresentPart 2. Cultural Differentiation4. Heterarchy and Hierarchy5. Cultural Diffusion6. MatrilinyPart 3. Globalization7. Colonialism and Development (with Heidi Frontani)8. Africa's Development Assistance (with Heidi Frontani)9. African Economics10. Failed States? The Successful Somaliashow more