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The Africa That Never Was [Paperback]

Dorothy Hammond , Alta Jablow


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Book Description

September 1992 0881336904 978-0881336900 Reprint
From the sixteenth century on, British involvement in Africa was reflected in an immense volume of writing. Inherent in the variegated modern British literature on Africa, ranging from works of great literary merit to sheer trash, was a remarkable consistency in its inaccurate depiction of Africa and its people. Political and social changes were mirrored in the literary responses to the slave trade, the acquisition and subsequent loss of an empire, and the rise of independent Africa. But persistently throughout the four centuries, the literature centered upon one main theme: the confrontation between civilized Britain and savage Africa. Through a retrospective analysis, The Africa That Never Was demonstrates that the literary image of Africa is a fantasy of a continent and a people that never were and could never be.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Waveland Pr Inc; Reprint edition (September 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881336904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881336900
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.5 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,378,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars SHAME, SHAME, SHAME! Feb. 25 2002
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I was actually given this book as proof I lost a bet. I didn't believe that something so racially and ethnically ignorant could be still published and respected. There is one small hole in the authors line of reasoning though, during the 15th-19th centuries the social and political literature written by Europeans were used only to justify to brutality and savage behavior of their own (during the Trans-Atlantic African Slave Trade). While the Europeans were on their brutal conquests of a land not their own, their only motivation was to suck Africa dry of all her resources. Very similarly Hitler used the same tactics in justifying the extermination and the forced slave labor of the Jewish populatin in Germany. If anyone of respectful academia wrote this book, then to he or she it would be obvious that prior to European colonization and domination of Africa many writers referred to the vast civilizations with great respect and amazement. Starting with the Greeks and ending with the first European spies and travelers to the continent. Civilizations as Kemet, Nubia, Kush, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Benin, Timbuktu and many others (that existed before the Europeans knew whether the world was round). Very disappointing.
1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SHAME, SHAME, SHAME! Feb. 25 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was actually given this book as proof I lost a bet. I didn't believe that something so racially and ethnically ignorant could be still published and respected. There is one small hole in the authors line of reasoning though, during the 15th-19th centuries the social and political literature written by Europeans were used only to justify to brutality and savage behavior of their own (during the Trans-Atlantic African Slave Trade). While the Europeans were on their brutal conquests of a land not their own, their only motivation was to suck Africa dry of all her resources. Very similarly Hitler used the same tactics in justifying the extermination and the forced slave labor of the Jewish populatin in Germany. If anyone of respectful academia wrote this book, then to he or she it would be obvious that prior to European colonization and domination of Africa many writers referred to the vast civilizations with great respect and amazement. Starting with the Greeks and ending with the first European spies and travelers to the continent. Civilizations as Kemet, Nubia, Kush, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Benin, Timbuktu and many others (that existed before the Europeans knew whether the world was round). Very disappointing.

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