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By John Iliffe

In an unlimited and all-embracing learn of Africa, from the origins of mankind to the current day, John Iliffe refocuses its heritage at the peopling of an environmentally antagonistic continent. Africans were pioneers suffering opposed to illness and nature, yet over the last century their inherited tradition has interacted with scientific growth to supply the main fast inhabitants progress the realm has ever visible. This re-creation comprises genetic and linguistic findings, throwing gentle on early African historical past and summarises examine that has reworked the research of the Atlantic slave alternate. It additionally examines the implications of a quickly becoming younger inhabitants, the hopeful yet doubtful democratisation and monetary restoration of the early twenty-first century, the containment of the AIDS epidemic and the turmoil inside Islam that has produced the Arab Spring. Africans: The heritage of a Continent is therefore a unmarried tale binding sleek women and men to their earliest human ancestors.

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