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A Short History of Africa: From the Origins of the Human by Gordon Kerr PDF

By Gordon Kerr

ISBN-10: 184243442X

ISBN-13: 9781842434420

A comprehensive advent to the sprawling background of this huge, immense continent, from the sunrise of human time in prehistoric Africa during to Arab Spring

Beginning with the origins of the human race and the advance of stone age expertise, this historical past of the cradle of civilization strikes via historical and medieval instances, the importance of the Arab presence, the Muslim states, and the trans-Saharan trade. It maintains with the increase and fall of country states and kingdoms ahead of the arriving of Europeans, Ghana, the Kingdoms of the woodland and Savanna, Yoruba, Oyo, Benin, Asante, Luba, Lunda, Lozil, and so on, directly to the start of the slave exchange, and the ecu conquest and colonization of sub-Saharan Africa, the "Scramble for Africa." ultimately relocating onto the customarily sour struggles for independence from that interval of colonization and exploitation, it concludes with an evaluation of Africa within the twenty first century.

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The nuclear family is in vogue and the young urbanized educated class is its proponent. The opportunity for social display is now availableto women without incurring social stigma, marking a significant change. Some street activity does involve transgression, however. The prominence of cars (owned primarily by men) brings an increase in casual sexual liaisons and prostitution. Cars provide a private place for meetings between young, mostly high-school-aged girls and older men who are affluent enough to own or have accessto a vehicle.

In Morocco, marketplace discourse and behavior is under close surveillance by politicians and civicleaders. Itinerant marketplaces are being pushed further outside town or are being razed altogether and replaced with centrally located, permanent, and more expensive shops. The phenomenon of prix fixe is gaining momentum, silencing the voices of negotiation. 30 The transformation of the body that the herbalist promises is an apt Introduction 13 metaphor for the changes that women themselves are experiencing in Beni Mellal, where appearances have changed dramatically in the last ten years.

Because these coins are almost a century old, jewelers pretend they are rare and charge more than their value in weight. One jeweler confided to me that luiz are plentiful in France, available at half the price charged in Morocco. The creation of this "lack" of luiz in Morocco and the willingness of women to pay such a high price for these decorative coins alerts us to their symbolic importance. The display of luiz is a show of a particular kind of wealth. A women who is decorated with "money" has a certain degree of autonomy, for the gold is hers, not her husband's.

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