[Reading] ➶ The Fortunes of Africa ➽ Martin Meredith – Anguillais.us

The Fortunes of Africa Africa Has Been Coveted For Its Riches Ever Since The Era Of The Pharaohs In Past Centuries, It Was The Lure Of Gold, Ivory, And Slaves That Drew Fortune Seekers, Merchant Adventurers, And Conquerors From Afar In Modern Times, The Focus Of Attention Is On Oil, Diamonds, And Other Valuable Minerals.Land Was Another Prize The Romans Relied On Their Colonies In Northern Africa For Vital Grain Shipments To Feed The Population Of Rome Arab Invaders Followed In Their Wake, Eventually Colonizing The Entire Region More Recently, Foreign Corporations Have Acquired Huge Tracts Of Land To Secure Food Supplies Needed Abroad, Just As The Romans Did.In This Vast And Vivid Panorama Of History, Martin Meredith Follows The Fortunes Of Africa Over A Period Of 5,000 Years With Compelling Narrative, He Traces The Rise And Fall Of Ancient Kingdoms And Empires The Spread Of Christianity And Islam The Enduring Quest For Gold And Other Riches The Exploits Of Explorers And Missionaries And The Impact Of European Colonization He Examines, Too, The Fate Of Modern African States And Concludes With A Glimpse Of Their Future.His Cast Of Characters Includes Religious Leaders, Mining Magnates, Warlords, Dictators, And Many Other Legendary Figures Among Them Mansa Musa, Ruler Of The Medieval Mali Empire, Said To Be The Richest Man The World Has Ever Known I Speak Of Africa, Shakespeare Wrote, And Of Golden Joys This Is History On An Epic Scale.

[Reading] ➶ The Fortunes of Africa  ➽ Martin Meredith – Anguillais.us
  • Hardcover
  • 745 pages
  • The Fortunes of Africa
  • Martin Meredith
  • English
  • 18 January 2018
  • 1610394593

    10 thoughts on “[Reading] ➶ The Fortunes of Africa ➽ Martin Meredith – Anguillais.us


  1. says:

    I found this to be an extremely disappointing book My disappointment partially came from how much I enjoyed and got out of the two previous books by Meredith about African history that I ve read The Fate of Africa and In the Name of Apartheid Actually, what I liked so much about those books helps explain why I was so disappointed in this one.Let s look at The Fate of Africa This was a broad overview of Africa since independence It is a work of pop history I don t mean that in any sort of i I found this to be ...


  2. says:

    We can be confident that the Garden of Eden was in Southern Iraq and not in Africa, but we also know that there have always been people in Africa and throughout recorded history it seems they have traded in slaves, gold and ivory with the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea Black Africans have typically been represented as mysterious people without a history of their own Now we have this superb, single volume history of Africa, providing the raw material to investigate a thousand interesti We can be confident that the Garden of Eden was in Southern Iraq and not in Africa, but we also know that there have always been people in Africa and throughout recorded history it seems they have traded in slaves, gold and ivory with the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea Black Africans have typically been represented as mysterious people without a history of their own Now we have this superb, single volume history of Africa, providing the raw material to investigate a thousand interesting and important questions In order to cover so much ground, it is inevitably very concise and many major stories are compressed to a few pages, which can have the effect of makin...


  3. says:

    It s important that you realize one thing about this book it is a history of how the peoples and land of Africa have been exploited from Egypt to the present it not a history of Africa I d like to read Meredith do the latter, but this isn t it It s important to mention this because I can easily imagine someone criticizing this book for its focus on the various peoples who have done the exploit...


  4. says:

    I think the author bit off a bitthan he could chew He covers the complete history of a whole continent over 5000 years I don t but his main argument that Africa is a land of riches Yes Africa has abundant mineral resources the kind that attract fortune seekers but the bloody climate makes the place a charnel house of disease It is no accident the richest countries are in temperate climates The tropics are too damn hot to get anyth...


  5. says:

    This is a meaty and fascinating overview of Africa s history, from the earliest civilizations to the aftermath of colonization The problem of any overview, of course, is that there are always parts that I d want to readabout, but given my meager knowledge about the history of Africa, this was a great place to start It s a reminder of how rich and complex Africa s many societies are, and that there is hope for the future of the continent despite the horrific suffering of the past and some This is a meat...


  6. says:

    I hope one day to find a history book with a solid overview of the broad sweeps of African history across millenia, with a workable compromise between competing aspects such as the social, cultural, economic, theological and military Martin Meredith s The Fortunes of Africa goes some way to achieving it, but in all fairness is not trying to be that book for which I hope.This is a synthesis of other works that aimsat regurgitating information in piecemeal mann...


  7. says:

    I found this to be a very interesting and fascinating history of Africa I learned a lot about the various countries that were involved in trying to control the various tribes If one reads this book it will help you to understand the plight and frustration of all the peoples of Africa and why it bleeds out into the rest of the world For a people to always be treated as subservient and never given an opportunity to either continue with their religions and traditions it makes sense why there is I found this to be a very interesting and fascinating history of Africa I learned a lot about the various countries that were involved in trying to control the various tribes If one reads this book it will help you to understand the plight and...


  8. says:

    Review title This is the messMeredith has written a sprawling narrative survey of the whole African continent in a book nearly as big as the topic It is a valiant effort and a good introduction to a continent that is often given short shrift and little attention, and yet the book still feels like it has barely scratched the surface Just like Mercator projection maps that I recently learned substantially undersize the African continent at the center to show the continents and oceans surroundin Review title This is the messMeredith has written a sprawling narrative survey of the whole African continent in a book nearly as big as the topic It is a valiant effort and a good introduction to a continent that is often given short shrift and little attention, and yet the book still feels like it has barely scratched the surface Just like Mercator projection maps that I recently learned substantially undersize the African continent at the center to show the continents and oceans surrounding it translated from the 3 dimensional globe to paper, attempting to treat such a massive subject in a one volume history is bound to unwittingly diminish its scope But it is a starting ...


  9. says:

    I am that peculiar sort of person for whom a single volume, political military history of some fair swathe of the planet is about the most enjoyable form of literature I LOVE these sorts of things, I could eat them up like candy This is a very good example of the form, detailing African history from Ancient Egypt to the modern age, with a primary focus on the exploitation of its resources, which essentially ends up being the interplay between foreign and native African forces At eight or ni I am that peculiar sort of person for whom a single volume, political military history of some fair swathe of the planet is about the most enjoyable form of literature I LOVE these sorts of things, I could eat them up like candy This is a very good example of the form, detailing African history from Ancient Egypt to the modern age, with a primary focus on the exploitation of its resources, which essentially ends up being the interplay between foreign and native African forces At eight or nine hundred pages it is, of course, much too short for so vast a topic but still choc full of insight to any non expert The writing is skillful if not particularly memorable, but then again only a very small number of historians are capable of writing truly captivating prose in its own right Barbara Tuchman ...


  10. says:

    Easy to understand history of the exploitation of Africa.

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