Willie F. Page, R. Hunt Davis - Encyclopedia Of African History And Culture (5 Vol. Set)
2005 | ISBN: 0816051992 | English | 2176 pages | PDF | 62.6 MB
This well-researched resource will enhance and support the study of this vast continent. Three chronological volumes cover up to the 19th century. Books are arranged alphabetically with entries ranging from one paragraph to two pages in length. They discuss locations, countries, individuals, peoples, concepts, events, plants, and animals, and include many cultural references. Articles for certain topics can be found in each volume. For example, there are separate entries of varying length in all three volumes for "Guinea" and "Hutu." Sidebars add important detail and much information on legends, myth, and folklore.
There are cross-references to entries within the same book and see-also references to other volumes, and some of the articles conclude with a list for further reading. Each book begins with a list of entries for the set and some of the same maps. However, they have different introductions and time lines that reflect the periods they cover. Good-quality, black-and-white photographs, reproductions, and maps are scattered throughout. While some might initially find the arrangement of this wide-ranging, useful set a bit confusing, it will serve both teachers and students as they begin their investigations of African history.
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