Gonna take some time to do some things we never have... like learn African history.
May 1, 2011 10:53 AM Subscribe
Despite what I consider to be a pretty extensive knowledge of Africa and African current affairs post-2000 or so, I'm embarrassed to say that I know virtually nothing about any African country's history before that aside from a general sense of who colonialized what.
posted by juniperesque to society & culture (12 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
So I slept through 11th grade social studies, which was mostly African history and colonialism. Since then (it's been more than ten years) I've been able to amass a good understanding of current events, but am fundamentally lacking in the knowledge of history which informs these events - and which would inform my opinions of them.
As a result, when talking about current affairs, I feel woefully unqualified to offer my opinion. I'd like that to change.
Can you recommend a book, website, or other source that talks about African history generally, preferably not from a pillage-and-plunder-centric ("Where did the slaves come from?" "Who has the best resources for us to mine?") point of view? I'd be delighted to read about different regions separately, and different countries separately, and I'm especially interested in Africa as a continent, how it has changed over time, and how the countries/regions within it have interacted with one another over history.