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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (July 1 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556520727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556520723
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.3 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Snowden approached...all of the writings of the 'classical writers' of Greece and Rome for the actual references made to Africa and Africans...Ethiopians were the yardstick by which blackness was measured...European family crests showing black faces and coarse hair are accompanied frequently by such African derivatives as Mawr, Moore, Moorehead, Morris, Morrison, Mora, Maurice, Mareau, Moretti, Muir, Mohr, meaning a person from Mauritania [the Moors]. Sometimes the label is more indirect with names such as Schwartz, Schwartzkopf, and Schwartzmann, which are German for Black, Blackhead and Blackman...
"...the physical evidence for a [Black African] presence in Greece and Rome is compelling and extensive...including photographs of carvings, pottery, paintings and coins...it is only because the racism of the present is projected by today's authors into an ancient world that did not know racism as we do, that we have become so misinformed about Africans, and therefore misinformed about history."
from AFRICAN PRESENCE IN EARLY EUROPE
"Blacks in Antiquity: Ethiopians in the Greco-Roman Experience"
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"A SCIENTIFIC revolution, according to Kuhn [the scientist/linguist author of THE THEORY OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS], is not simply an addition to pre-existing knowledge. It is, within any field, 'a reconstruction of the field from new fundamentals'; a complete demolition of an old theoretical and conceptual structure and its replacement by a new one based on entirely different aims and premises. The old paradigm...attacked from the outside...cannot be defeated on the basis of its own rules for, as we have seen...
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By A Customer on Sept. 19 1999
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This book provides a very rich beginning for historians and archaeologists alike. While Diop provides ample evidance for the "Black Egyptian" case, some of his arguments seem as racially biased as the ones he tries to refudiate. This should not prevent the reader from apricating what Diop is attempting to accomplish, and what we all should work for: a true picture of history.
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By kifo on Nov. 5 2010
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Product was just as described and arrived a lot sooner then I expected. I would order again.
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I read this book as required reading for an African studies course that I took in college. I found it to be incredibly eye opening as did many of my fellow students, many of whom were white.
I would like for the readers of this silly debate to understand only a few key points, unleadened with philisophical and heady banter of the 'I'm-better-than-you-and-will-prove-it,' agenda's on both sides, black or white.
Our schools, in America, continue to teach nothing to young African-Americans, as far as thier origins. In fact there is no diversty in the telling of history in our country. When our nation moved forward in its infancy, the Europeans building it did not have Africans in mind, and how could they, for they were moving forward with thier own cultural model, the model held by them to be superior to any indigenous culture.
With that, how could a eurocentric history of Africa, regardless of any documentation-- reported only within the confines of the eurocentric point of view-- ever be comeletley credible if at all. How could white historians NOT lie to thier own children in order to keep a sense of superiorty going. They had to, and they DID. Is anyone suprised that a lie was told during the more awful periods of history. Does anyone think that these lies were told only in America during the 17 and 1800's?
It is so apparrent that this is the very pattern of any society that has ever sought to dominate another. Look at the old movies of American culture and you can see the hilarious and horrible assumptions of superiority that white people suffered as they tried to hold onto certain cultual beliefs, the edges of thier own propaganda.
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All one has to do is to read this great piece of literary work to see what Diop is talking about. For thousands of years we have been cheated and lied to about our history, it is only through research that the truth can be revealed. There has never been a positive book about African history until African history is written by it's own...the African...Thank you Diop for daring to do what no man has ever done before. From the very onset of written history, the black has always been depicted as a simpleton, someone incapable of thinking for himself, someone dependent on 'massa' for dear life. Cheikh Anta Diop not only dispels these lies, he also brought to light the truth about black history...the glorious history of our ancestors from time unknown. Reading the book is so uplifting and so educating that one has to read it to experience our history. It is only normal to receive criticism on this wonderful piece. It is with great difficulty and pain that 'they' have to respond to save face. Even though Dr Cheikh Anta Diop is no more with us, his writings will do the talking. To all people of African decent, please read this book and find out what you have never been taught in school. To all the negative critics that hate to see anything positive about black people I'd say...EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT!!.
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