History of Africa, A

Hosea Jaffe, Samir Amin

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Published: 15-02-2017

£18.99

A masterful study spanning over two thousand years of African history, and which stresses the unique character of the continent’s historical development.

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Description

Spanning more than two thousand years of African history, from the African Iron Age to the collapse of colonialism and the beginnings of independence, Hosea Jaffe’s magisterial work remains one of the few to do full justice to the continent’s complex and diverse past. The great strength of Jaffe’s work lies in its unique theoretical perspective, which stresses the distinctive character of Africa’s social structures and historical development. Crucially, Jaffe rejects all efforts to impose Eurocentric models of history onto Africa, whether it be liberal notions of ‘progress’ or Marxist theories of class struggle, arguing instead that the key dynamics underpinning African history are unique to the continent itself, and rooted in conflicts between different modes of production. The work also includes a foreword by the distinguished economist and political theorist Samir Amin, in which he outlines the contribution of Jaffe’s work to our understanding of African history and its ongoing post-colonial struggles.

Additional information

Dimensions 135 × 216 mm
Page Count 184