By the end of the 1960s most African countries gained political independence. The new corps of leadership envisioned not only a politically stable continent; they also imagined a more cohesive Africa, with bubbly economies driven by the continent’s enormous natural and human resources. Approximately fifty years after independence this hope of a politically stable, integrated, and economically thriving Africa has remained elusive for most African countries. African economies remained undiversified with limited capacities for industrialization and economic development. African economies remained tied to western European counties and the United States of America.
Africa and Other Civilizations: Conquest and Counter-Conquest is the second volume of the Collected Essays of Ali A. Mazrui that will provide readers with a broad spectrum of Ali A. Mazrui’s scholarly writings. This second volume considers the interaction of Africa with other civilizations from historical, sociological, philosophical and political perspectives, with a special emphasis on the inextricability of conquest and counter-conquest.
Africa and the Americas is a collection of recent scholarly essays reflecting an important structural feature of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade. That is its circular nature, departing from Africa, coming to America, and then returning to Africa. Thus the volume is divided into three parts. Starting off, David Eltis, Stephen Behrandt and David Richardson, analyze the slave trade along its national lines and determine that the Portuguese were critically important in the carrying of slaves.
There is a general consensus that Africa entered the twenty-first century plagued by multifaceted crises of underdevelopment evidenced by, among other things, abject poverty, the inadequacy of basic human needs, social stresses and tensions in the various major urban centers, environmental degradation and the devastating effects of violent civil conflicts. While there is no doubt that slavery and colonialism have contributed to the continent’s predicament, the failure of the neo-colonial state
The trans-Atlantic slave trade and the concomitant enslavement of Africans created an enduring connection between Africa and the scattered communities of peoples of African origins in the Americas and elsewhere. These tragic events of slavery have profoundly influenced the literary imagination, whether in Africa, Europe or the Americas. The authors in this collection explore the ways in which trans-Atlantic constructions of this historical experience find expression in the literary mode. The essays examine the ways that writers and performers have used a variety of
“Once in a while in African studies there comes a book that is truly informative and a compelling read. This is one such book. It is an invaluable volume on a little explored subject, the long history of relations between Africa and Russia that goes back at least three centuries, a complex, sometimes contradictory, and constantly changing relationship marked by mutual curiosity and idealism, various contacts and exchanges, and revolutionary solidarity during the tumultuous years of colonialism and the cold war..." -Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Professor of African Studies and History, Pennsylvania State University
This edited volume captures the importance of Boahen’s work and the lasting contributions that he has made to African history. Offering the reader a unique chance to read various essays that have previously gone unpublished, it covers various ideas pertaining to different facets of African affairs. The volume also reflects the thinking of Africa's postcolonial scholars and provides the new and future generation with ideas to understand their continent and themselves as well.
Featuring the writings of the world’s leading Africana Studies scholars, independent researchers and journalists, the text also discusses and analyzes actual historical events that have occurred throughout the diaspora. In addition, the scholars, whose works are included within this book, have written in an accessible way that can be appreciated within the academy as well as in the averagehome. Notable scholars whose works appear in this collection of relevant essays include JamesL. Conyers, Jr., Molefi K. Asante, Jacob H. Carruthers,Gwendolyn Hall, Troy Allen, Niyi Afolabi, John Henrik Clarke, Charles Finch, and Victor Okafor.