The World and Africa: An Inquiry into the Part Which Africa Has Played in World History

By W. E. B. Du Bois | Go to book overview

CHAPTER IX
ASIA IN AFRICA

The story of the outpouring of Asia into Africa from A.D. 500 to 1500, and the effect which the interaction of these two continents had on the world.

THE connection between Asia and Africa has always been close. There was probably actual land connection in prehistoric times, and the black race appears in both continents in the earliest records, making it doubtful which continent is the point of origin. Certainly the Negroid people of Asia have played a leading part in her history. The blacks of Melanesia have scoured the seas, and Charles Taüber makes them inventors of one of the world’s first written languages: thus “this greatest of all human inventions was made by aborigines whose descendants today rank among the lowest, the protoAustralians.”1

The ethnic history of India would seem to be first a prehistoric substratum of Negrillos or black dwarfs; then the pre-Dravidians, a taller, larger type of Negro; then the Dravidians, Negroes with some mixture of Mongoloid and later of Caucasoid stocks. The Dravidian Negroes laid the bases of Indian culture thousands of years before the Christian era. On

1 Charles Taüber, Seafarers and Hieroglyphs (American Documentation Institute, Washington, D.C.).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Chapter I - The Collapse of Europe 1
  • Chapter II - The White Masters of the World 16
  • Chapter III - The Rape of Africa 44
  • Chapter IV - The Peopling of Africa 81
  • Chapter V - Egypt 98
  • Chapter VI - The Land of the Burnt Faces 115
  • Chapter VII - Atlantis 148
  • Chapter VIII - Central Africa and the March of the Bantu 164
  • Chapter IX - Asia in Africa 176
  • Chapter X - The Black Sudan 201
  • Chapter XI - Andromeda 226
  • The Message 261
  • Index 263
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