What wove the African continent into the rich fabric of cultures and peoples that it is today?
Where did ancient culture, trade, and civilization begin?
How did the African people survive and thrive despite European colonization and apartheid?
These are just some of the questions you’ll find answers to in Africa: African History from Ancient Egypt to Modern South Africa.
Africa is a vast continent whose waters, fertile lands, minerals, and diverse wildlife nurtured humankind since ancient times until European colonization and exploitation caused immeasurable suffering and loss. To understand how Africa developed, thrived, suffered, and emerged into the rich tapestry of peoples that it is today, take a trip back to the ancient River Nile and the East African coast.
The development of small settlements into three distinct cultures
The Carthaginian Empire grow and flourish as an economic and commercial power
The settlement of the Zimbabwe plateau and the construction of enormous stone cities
The emergence of the Kingdom of Kongo and its expansion through peaceful trade and alliances
The upheaval, atrocities, wars, and eventual stability created by European colonization
The founding of the Congo Free State and the growth of forced labor to extract valuable resources from the land
The decolonization of Africa and the return of territorial sovereignty and independence
The forced racial segregation under apartheid and the birth of a new constitution that ended it
The founding of the African Union to establish norms across the continent
Start your study of the struggles and triumphs of the African people today with Africa: African History from Ancient Egypt to Modern South Africa.