African Americans and Civil Rights: From 1619 to the Present

African Americans and Civil Rights: From 1619 to the Present

African Americans and Civil Rights: From 1619 to the Present

African Americans and Civil Rights: From 1619 to the Present


The vast continent of Africa is a land of enormous diversity. Bever explores the history of Africa from the origin of one of the oldest civilizations in the world to the present-day challenges of race relations, politics, and economic development. The book covers many of the forces that have shaped this continent, such as the influence of Islam, the consequences of European rule, and the political contributions of native African peoples. Africa's independence from European colonial rule is also discussed, as are the remarkable events leading to the end of Apartheid.


Africa provides an up-to-date introduction to contemporary African politics and a thorough presentation of its historical roots. the reader will get information about specific African countries, summary information about current political developments in the continent as a whole, and historical information to put current events into their larger context. the primary audience is students and other nonspecialists who have a need for or an interest in a more sophisticated presentation than can be found in general textbooks and journalistic surveys.

The book covers politics in all of Africa, including North Africa and nearby islands, from its roots in the distant past through the start of 1996. Part 1, Historical Background to African Politics, contains three chapters that trace the course of the continent's political development from prehistoric times through the end of colonialism. Part 2, The Nations of Africa, contains a discussion of the politics and government of each of the continent's 53 sovereign countries. Part 3 Continental Perspectives, contains one chapter that explores Africa's international relations and another that examines broad economic, social, and political trends.

In Part 2, readers may be confused by the apparent disjunction between the names and the abbreviations of some political parties that have arisen in France's former African colonies. the reason is that the abbreviations are derived from the French, while the full names have been translated to English.

Statistical profiles

The statistical information presented in the individual country profiles was drawn from the 1995 edition of Keesing's Record of World Events and the latest editions of Lands and Peoples: Africa and the New African Yearbook. All population and population growth rate estimates are from 1994, the most recent statistics available in these categories. gdp, per capita income, and foreign debt figures are the most recent available for each country; in most cases, this means figures from 1992 or 1993, but in some instances the most recent reliable . . .

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