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eBook formatPaperback, (torrent)En
PublisherLynne Rienner Pub
File size6.6 Mb
GanreCultural
Release date 01.11.2006
ISBN9781588264664
Pages count477
Book rating4.1 (57 votes)
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A solid but somewhat uneven introduction to Africa. The chapters are thematic, with topics like the role of women, religion, International Relations, and the environment from the pre-colonial era to the present day. In general each section is quite informative, but some chapters seem more vital than others. For example, the chapter on African Literature is 40 pages long, and really amounts to little more than a listing of authors - there's not much substance. By contrast, the chapter on African history was a bit too general and could definitely have been extended. I think this would work best in combination with works of social history (try Martin Meredith's The Fate of Africa) or personal narratives by African authors. On its own, its a bit academic. It did help me to better understand the role of the IMF and World Bank in developing nations, and the complexities involved in giving and managing aid.

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