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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. D. Fage, Roland Oliver Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9781455172504
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During the twentieth century the center of the world shifted. The dramatic alterations in political power have corrected the once prevalent vision of a European-centered world. While the centers of European culture flourished, decayed, and sprouted in turn, empires in Africa rose, ruled, resisted, and succumbed. Much of Africa’s past has now been excavated from ignorance and error, revealing a rich and previously little-known human heritage.

This classic work draws on the whole range of literature about Africa as well as evidence provided by archaeology, oral traditions, language relationships, and social institutions. It marshals the most authoritative views of African specialists into an absorbing narrative and puts forward original conclusions that take the study of Africa a stage further.

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  • “Well researched, well written, well presented…[Cosham’s] crisp English accent adds an air of importance to the text.” 

    Kliatt

  • “[Ralph Cosham] delivers a flawless narration, twisting his tongue around not only the native African words and places, but also the multitude of European languages. [Cosham’s] reading is slow enough for the listener to contemplate the issues and events, yet fluid enough to entice the listener to learn what happens next.”

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About the Author

Roland Oliver was born in 1923 in Srinagar, Kashmir, and was educated at Cambridge. He has authored and coauthored a number of books, including The Missionary Factor in East Africa. He is currently emeritus professor of African history at the University of London.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. He won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.