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By John Parker, Richard Rathbone

This Very brief creation appears at Africa's prior and displays at the altering methods it's been imagined and represented, either in Africa and past. the writer illustrates very important elements of Africa's historical past with quite a number interesting ancient examples, drawn from over five millennia throughout this huge continent.

The multitude of themes that the reader will find out about during this succinct paintings contain the cohesion and variety of African cultures, slavery, faith, colonial conquest, the diaspora, and the significance of background in knowing modern Africa. The ebook examines questions similar to: Who invented the belief of "Africa"? How is African heritage pieced jointly, given one of these loss of documentary proof? How did Africa engage with the area 1,000 years ago?

Africa has been often called 'the cradle of mankind', and its recoverable background stretches again to the Pharaohs. however the suggestion of learning African background is itself new, and the authors exhibit why it's nonetheless contested and debatable. This VSI, the 1st concise paintings of its type, will turn out crucial studying for somebody attracted to the African continent and the variety of human background.

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2 COMPARATIVE HISTORY: METHODS, AIMS, PROBLEMS Heinz-Gerhard Haupt and Jürgen Kocka The relative significance of comparative history depends very much upon an individual nation’s historiographic traditions. Comparative history is more common in Germany than in France or Italy, where historians have instead tended to devote far greater attention to regional studies and to interactions across borders. Across all nations, however, particular subjects seem to have lent themselves more readily to comparative inquiry.

One cannot compare phenomena in their multilayered totality. Rather, we select aspects. Comparison requires selection, abstraction, detaching of the case from its context. Comparisons that involve many cases make the need for abstraction obvious. Comparing, say, industrialization in twenty countries or slavery in sixty requires that the object of comparison be abstracted and removed from its synchronic and diachronic contexts. Historians, however, are reluctant to work in this way. But although the problem may be less pronounced when we choose to compare only two or three cases, it does not entirely disappear.

Jürgen Kocka, White Collar Workers in America 1890–1940 (London, 1980). 35. Peter Baldwin, The Politics of Social Solidarity: Class Bases of the European Welfare State (Cambridge, 1990). 36. Peter Baldwin, Contagion and the State in Europe, 1830–1930 (Cambridge, 1999). Comparing and Generalizing • 21 37. Stephen Morillo, “Guns and Government: A Comparative Study of Europe and Japan,” Journal of World History, 6: 1 (1995), 75–106. 38. , Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy, p. xiii. 39. Quincy Wright, A Study of War, 2nd ed.

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