Africa: An Introduction invites you into Africa: a continent rich with culture and history, with diverse populations stretching from the dense tropical rain forest of the Congo basin, right up to the Sahara Desert in the north, and down to the Mediterranean climates of the far south.
Containing fifty-five countries, and covering over 20 percent of the world's landmass, Africa is the birthplace of humanity, yet the image of Africa in the West is often negative, that of a continent riddled with endemic problems. This accessible and engaging guide to the African continent guides the reader through the history, geography, and politics of Africa. It ranges from the impact of slavery and imperialism through to the rise of African nationalism and the achievement of independence, and up to the present moment. Key topics covered include literature, art, technology, religion, the condition of African women, health, education, and the mounting environmental concerns faced by African people.
As Africa moves beyond the painful legacies of slavery and imperialism, this book provides an engaging, uplifting, and accessible introduction to a rapidly modernizing and diverse continent. Suitable for high school and undergraduate students studying Africa, this book will also serve as the perfect introduction for anyone looking to understand the history of Africa and the Africa of today.
About the Author
Eustace Palmer is Emeritus Professor of English and erstwhile Coordinator of Africana Studies at Georgia College and State University, USA. He was born in Sierra Leone, and taught at Fourah Bay College, the University of Sierra Leone, for several years, before relocating to the United States. He is one of the pioneer critics of African literature and is regarded as one of the world's leading authorities in that field.