Africa - Resource Bibliography

Publications - Africa

General History of Africa

By  J. Ki–zerbo Et Al
Boydell and Brewer (2019)

This set brings together all 8 volumes of the groundbreaking Unesco General History of Africa, which are all now available again as paperbacks. The series demonstrates the importance of African history from earliest pre-history, through the establishment of its ancient civilizations to the placing of Africa in the context of world history. 

History of Africa

By Kevin Shillington
Red Globe Press (2019)
528 Pages

This fourth edition of this best-selling core history textbook offers a richly illustrated, single volume, narrative introduction to African history, from a hugely respected authority in the field. The market-leading range of illustrated material from prior editions is now further improved, featuring not only additional and redrawn maps and a refreshed selection of photographs, but the addition of full colour to make these even more instructive, evocative and attractive.

Africa in World History

By Erik T. Gilbert & Jonathan T. Reynolds
Pearson (2011)
480 Pages

Africa in World History is the first comprehensive survey to illustrate how Africans have influenced regions beyond their continent’s borders, how they have been influenced from the outside and how internal African developments can be compared to those elsewhere in the world. By identifying and presenting key debates within the field of African history, this volume encourages students to confront the many oversimplified myths regarding Africa and its people.

Provides a view of African history in the wider context of world history.

Africa - A Biography of the Continent

By John Reader
Vintage (1999)
816 Pages

In 1978, paleontologists in East Africa discovered the earliest evidence of our divergence from the apes: three pre-human footprints, striding away from a volcano, were preserved in the petrified surface of a mudpan over three million years ago. Out of Africa, the world's most ancient and stable landmass, Homo sapiens dispersed across the globe.  And yet the continent that gave birth to human history has long been woefully misunderstood and mistreated by the rest of the world.


The Great Courses - Africa


Documentaries - Africa  

Wonders of the African World

2005 – PBS

Africa is a continent of magnificent treasures and cultures--from the breathtaking stone architecture of 1,000-year-old ruins in South Africa to an advanced 16th century international university in Timbuktu. However, for centuries, many of these African wonders have been hidden from the world, lost to the ravages of time, nature and repressive governments. 

Africa's Great Civilizations

2017 – PBS

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing, and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their own rich civilizations, but also the wider world.

Lost Kingdoms of Africa

2010 – BBC

This extraordinary and eye-opening, four-part series reaches back in time to explore realms that rivaled Egypt, buildings as inspiring as medieval cathedrals, and art that speaks to us across the centuries. Lost Kingdoms of Africa casts new light on a long-neglected area of the world's cultural heritage.

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