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Editorial Reviews Product Description Program Three traces the roots of the medieval gold trade–which reached from Africa to India, China, and Italy–and examines its influence on the African continent. In Program Four, we view the wonderful sculptures and carvings left behind by old Africa’s kings and queens. We also visit Kano, Nigeria, where a king still holds court in his 15th-century palace, and ancient rituals continue to command the respect of the people.

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Amazon.com “Caravans of Gold,” part of the four-video series Africa: The Story of a Continent, traces the development of trade in medieval Africa. In the Mali and Ashanti kingdoms and along the Niger river, gold was the primary commodity. Camel caravans enabled the exchange of gold and salt across the Sahara between these kingdoms and Jenne, Marrakech, and Cairo. Presenter Basil Davidson discusses the importance of the precious metal to these societies and the varied effects Islam had on the development of medieval Timbuktu. He also demonstrates the impact of African trade on the rest of the medieval world. For example, African gold was used for European coins as Europe emerged from the poverty of the Dark Ages. An established trading giant, the Swahili nation even presented a giraffe to China in the 1400s. “Kings and Cities” emphasizes the growing commercial prosperity in West Africa, a result of local and long-distance trade. Davidson studies in-depth the historic developments of the Hausa kingdoms Kano and Katsina in what is now Nigeria. His presentation is well researched and draws information from both European travelogues and thoughtful analysis of a wide variety of African historical sources, including ceremonial sculptures and oral histories. The result is an excellent study of medieval African history with an emphasis on West African trade. –Tara Chace

Africa: Ep 1 – Different But Equal – Basil Davidson
Africa – Basil Davidson – Caravans of Gold pt.1
“Caravans of Gold,” part of the four-video series Africa: The Story of a Continent, traces the development of trade in medieval Africa. In the Mali and Ashanti kingdoms and along the Niger river, gold was the primary commodity. Camel caravans enabled the exchange of gold and salt across the Sahara between these kingdoms and Jenne, Marrakech, and Cairo. Presenter Basil Davidson discusses the importance of the precious metal to these societies and the varied effects Islam had on the development of medieval Timbuktu. He also demonstrates the impact of African trade on the rest of the medieval world. For example, African gold was used for European coins as Europe emerged from the poverty of the Dark Ages. An established trading giant, the Swahili nation even presented a giraffe to China in the 1400s. “Kings and Cities” emphasizes the growing commercial prosperity in West Africa, a result of local and long-distance trade. Davidson studies in-depth the historic developments of the Hausa kingdoms Kano and Katsina in what is now Nigeria. His presentation is well researched and draws information from both European travelogues and thoughtful analysis of a wide variety of African historical sources, including ceremonial sculptures and oral histories. The result is an excellent study of medieval African history with an emphasis on West African trade. –Tara Chace

Africa Ep 5 – The Bible and The Gun

Africa Ep 4 – The King and the City

Africa Ep 3 – Caravans of Gold

The African Genius 2nd Edition by Basil Davidson (Author). The African Genius presents the ideas, social systems, religions, moral values, arts, and metaphysics of a range of African peoples. Basil Davidson points toward the Africa that may emerge from an ancient civilization that was overlaid and battered by colonialism, then torn by the upheaval of colonialism’s dismantlement. Davidson disputes the notion that Africa gained under colonialism by entering the modern world. He sees, instead, an ancient order replaced by modern dysfunction. Davidson’s depiction of the sophisticated “native genius” that has carried Africans through centuries of change is vital to an understanding of modern Africa as well.

Lost Cities of AfricaPaperback – 1987 by Basil Davidson (Author).Combining archeological evidence and scholarly research, Davidson traces the exciting development of the rich kingdoms of the lost cities of Africa, fifteen hundred years before European ships first came to African shores.

The African Slave TradeRevised Edition by Basil Davidson (Author). Basil Davidson states that by examining three important areas of Africa in the history of slavery ‘against a general background of their time and circumstance’ he was taking ‘a fresh look at the oversea slave trade, the steady year-by-year export of African labour to the West Indies and the Americas that marked the greatest and most fateful migration – forced migration – in the history of man.’ BR> North America: Times/Random House

Africa: The Story of a Continent, Programs 03-04 [VHS] Basil Davidson (Actor).

African kingdoms (Great ages of man) Hardcover – 1978 by Basil Davidson (Author). TIME-LIFE HARDCOVER HISTORY BOOK, EUROPE, IRAQ, EYGYPT. A History of the World’s Cultures, featuring African Kingdoms. Beautifully illustrated.

Black Mother: The Years of the African Slave TradeHardcover – January, 1961 by Basil Davidson (Author).

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Modern Africa: A Social and Political History 3rd Edition by Basil Davidson (Author). Basil Davidson’s famous book — now updated in a welcome Third Edition — reviews the social and political history of Africa in the twentieth century. It takes the reader from the colonial era through the liberation movements to independence and beyond. It faces squarely the disappointments and breakdowns that have dulled the early successes of the post-colonial era; yet, for all the sorrows and uncertainties of Africa today, Basil Davidson shows how much has been achieved since decolonization, and the mood of his new final chapter is hopeful and buoyant.

The Black Man’s Burden Africa and The Curse of the Nation-State Paperback – 1992 by Basil Davidson (Author). An absorbing, highly acclaimed examination of Africa’s transition from colonialism to revolution to the social turmoil of today.

African Civilization Revisited: From Antiquity to Modern Times Paperback – November, 1990 by Basil Davidson (Author). This Book Is Concerned With the story of Africa from antiquity to modern times, as told in the chronicles and records of chiefs and kings, travellers and merchant-adventures, poets and pirates and priests, soldiers and persons of learning.

Framed and introduced as a continuous narrative based on what was thought and written at the time, African Civilization Revisited is designed to illustrate the drama and variety, challenge and achievement of humankind in Africa’s long history.

It is offered as a contribution to the fuller understanding of Africa today, as well as a guide to the Africa of yesterday and of long ago.

A History of West Africa, 1000-1800 (The growth of African civilization) Revised Edition by Basil Davidson (Author). This text is designed for students preparing for O Level history, offering an examination of some of the major trends and events in West African history from AD 1000-1800.

West Africa before the Colonial Era: A History to 18501st Edition by Basil Davidson (Author). This is a survey of pre-colonial West Africa, written by the internationally respected author and journalist, Basil Davidson. He takes as his starting point his successful textA History of West Africa 1000-1800, but he has reworked his new text specially for a wider international readership. In the process he offers a fascinating introduction to the rich societies and cultures of Africa before the coming of the Europeans.

Black Star: A View of the Life and Times of Kwame Nkrumah Paperback – June 30, 2007 by Basil Davidson (Author). Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah seized opportunities to lead the countries of sub-Saharan Africa away from colonialism. In 1957, he became the first Prime Minister of Ghana. By the time he was overthrown in a coup in 1966 most African countries, outside the settler-dominated South, had also achieved independence. ‘ As a visionary Nkrumah was ahead of his times, with an astute understanding of colonialism that made the twin goals of socialism at home (Ghana) and African unity the abiding principles of his work and life…. Nkrumah’s monumental role and place in modern Ghana’s history mystifies him as a national hero; Black Star humanizes Nkrumah in important ways, and the reader gains a new understanding of a great man, but still a man.’ – From the new Foreword by Emmanuel Kwaku Akyeampong, Professor of History, Harvard University

The Search for Africa: History, Culture, PoliticsHardcover – February 1, 1994 by Basil Davidson (Author). Following the success of his highly acclaimed The Black Man’s Burden, Davidson offers a timely collection of essays which are essential to the understanding of the passionate spirit of modern African studies.

No Fist Is Big Enough to Hide the Sky: The Liberation of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, 1963-74 (African History Archive) Paperback – February 15, 2017 by Basil Davidson (Author). Basil Davidson ranks as one of the most remarkable Africanist historians of his generation. A leading authority on Portuguese Africa who witnessed many of these events first-hand, Davidson draws on his own extensive experience in the country as well as the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) archives to provide a detailed and rigorous analysis of the conflict. The result, No Fist is Big Enough to Hide the Sky, still stands as a key text in the history of the eleven-year struggle against Portuguese rule in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde.

Less well known than the struggles in Angola and Mozambique, the liberation war waged by the PAIGC, as Davidson shows, easily ranks alongside those conflicts as an example of an African independence movement triumphing against overwhelming odds. The book provides one of the earliest accounts of the assassination of the PAIGC’s founder, Amilcar Cabral, and documents the movement’s remarkable success in recovering from the death of its leader and in eventually attaining independence. An invaluable resource for the study both of the region and of African liberation struggles as a whole, this edition features a new preface by Cape Verde’s first president, Aristides Pereira, and a new foreword by Cabral himself.

Scenes From Anti-Nazi War by Basil Davidson (Author). In this lively and instructive memoir of his experience with the anti-Nazi underground in Italy and Yugoslavia during World War II, Basil Davidson throws needed light on a much-neglected part of European history. Sent to the area as a representative of the British Special Operations Executive (SOE), he is able to recount at first hand the intense determination of the revolutionary partisans, who hoped that their sacrifices would lead to a new society, and the equally determined policy of the Allies to suppress them.

The Long Struggle of Eritrea for Independence and Constructive Peace by Lionel Cliffe (Editor), Basil Davidson (Editor). History in the area known as the ‘Horn of Africa’ is at a turning point – not because of any massive act of charity by the western world to combat that area’s horrific burden of drought and famine, but because of the very real prospect of major political change. 

Behind the media coverage of human suffering in the Horn lies a remarkable story of a struggle for self determination which has survived more than 25 years of brutal oppression and now looks like succeeding.

In Africa’s longest war of national liberation we are seeing what may well be a significant shift in the military balance in favour of the Eritrean resistance movement. It could herald the final defeat of Ethiopia’s claim to Eritrea, especially if the ruling Dergue loses Soviet support.

This book looks at the history of the Eritrean struggle, placing it in the wider history of north-eastern Africa. It scrutinizes the legal standing of Eritrea’s claim for independence; it analyses the character of the liberation movement, looks at the tasks it has set itself and evaluates its achievements.

The contributors are: Abdulrahman Mohamed Babu, Lionel Cliffe, Basil Davidson, Mary Dines, Alain Fenet, Semere Haile, Richard Leonard, Rogy Pateman and Araya Tseggai.

Each writes from a concerned but independent standpoint. Their knowledge and experience combines to make for a comprehensive and thought-provoking volume.

Cover design: Walid Mustaffa Mohammed

The African Past: Chronicles from Antiquity to Modern Times.Hardcover – January, 1964 by Basil Davidson (Author). This is the story of Africa from antiquity to modern times, as told in the chronicles and records of chiefs and kings, travelers and merchant-adventurers, poets and pirates and priests, soldiers and men of learning.

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