Africa

Author : John Reader
ISBN : 9780141926933
Genre : History
File Size : 76.29 MB
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Drawing on many years of African experience, John Reader has written a book of startling grandeur and scope that recreates the great panorama of African history, from the primeval cataclysms that formed the continent to the political upheavals facing much of the continent today. Reader tells the extraordinary story of humankind's adaptation to the ferocious obstacles of forest, river and desert, and to the threat of debilitating parasites, bacteria and viruses unmatched elsewhere in the world. He also shows how the world's richest assortment of animals and plants has helped - or hindered - human progress in Africa.
Category: History

The Fate Of Africa

Author : Martin Meredith
ISBN : 9781610391320
Genre : History
File Size : 46.14 MB
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First published in 2005, The Fate of Africa was hailed by reviewers as "A masterpiece....The nonfiction book of the year" (The New York Post); "a magnificent achievement" (Weekly Standard); "a joy," (Wall Street Journal) and "one of the decade's most important works on Africa" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Now Martin Meredith has revised this classic history to incorporate important recent developments, including the Darfur crisis in Sudan, Robert Mugabe's continued destructive rule in Zimbabwe, controversies over Western aid and exploitation of Africa's resources, the growing importance and influence of China, and the democratic movement roiling the North African countries of Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan.
Category: History

Cities

Author : John Reader
ISBN : 0871138980
Genre : Architecture
File Size : 25.94 MB
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In a sweeping treatment that covers a span from ancient Sumeria to the present, the author plumbs the mysteries of the city, explaining how they work and why they sometimes fail, discussing agriculture, engineering, public works, religion, and much more.
Category: Architecture

In Afrika Reise In Die Zukunft

Author : Alex Perry
ISBN : 9783104006680
Genre : History
File Size : 25.9 MB
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Der vielfach ausgezeichnete Journalist Alex Perry reiste als Auslandskorrespondent vom »Time Magazine« über sieben Jahre durch Afrika und schrieb ›In Afrika: Reise in die Zukunft‹ – eine literarische, hervorragend recherchierte und ganz und gar verblüffende Geschichte des neuen Afrika. Perry beschreibt ein Afrika, das sich in einer Phase geradezu wütender Selbstbehauptung befindet. Auf seiner Reise traf er Unternehmer und Warlords, Professoren und Drogenschmuggler, Präsidenten und Dschihadisten und ermöglicht uns so einen ebenso eindringlichen wie facettenreichen Blick auf das moderne Gesicht Afrikas. Um sich letztendlich befreien zu können, muss Afrika – so Perry – den Islamisten, Diktatoren und Entwicklungshelfern die Stirn bieten. Für Leser von Henning Mankells Sachbüchern über Afrika und ›Kongo: Eine Geschichte‹ von David Van Reybrouck.
Category: History

Potato

Author : John Reader
ISBN : 9780300153996
Genre : Cooking
File Size : 32.7 MB
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The potato--humble, lumpy, bland, familiar--is a decidedly unglamorous staple of the dinner table. Or is it? John Reader's narrative on the role of the potato in world history suggests we may be underestimating this remarkable tuber. From domestication in Peru 8,000 years ago to its status today as the world's fourth largest food crop, the potato has played a starring--or at least supporting--role in many chapters of human history. In this witty and engaging book, Reader opens our eyes to the power of the potato. Whether embraced as the solution to hunger or wielded as a weapon of exploitation, blamed for famine and death or recognized for spurring progress, the potato has often changed the course of human events. Reader focuses on sixteenth-century South America, where the indigenous potato enabled Spanish conquerors to feed thousands of conscripted native people; eighteenth-century Europe, where the nutrition-packed potato brought about a population explosion; and today's global world, where the potato is an essential food source but also the world's most chemically-dependent crop. Where potatoes have been adopted as a staple food, social change has always followed. It may be "just" a humble vegetable, John Reader shows, yet the history of the potato has been anything but dull.
Category: Cooking

Nyerere And Africa

Author : Godfrey Mwakikagile
ISBN : 9780980253412
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This is the fourth edition of 'Nyerere and Africa: End of an Era. It is also the largest and includes new material not found in previous editions. The work is a comprehensive study of the political career of President Julius Nyerere spanning half a century. The author takes a critical look at Nyerere's policies and influence in the domestic and international arenas for an objective evaluation of the life and times of one of the most influential leaders in the twentieth century. The major role he played in the liberation of southern Africa is just one of the subjects addressed by the author. He also provides insights into Nyerere's personality from some of the people who knew him best. Included in the book are interviews with some of the people who knew Nyerere since his childhood. Some of them were his teachers. And they outlived him. Others were his schoolmates and colleagues in government and when he was a teacher. And some of them were his students. Also included are interviews with some of his family members. This is an essential study of post-colonial Africa. It is also a study in political leadership and Cold War politics in the African context, among many other subjects addressed in the book which should serve as a reference text for scholars and laymen alike interested in Africa and the Third World in general.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Africa Crude Continent

Author : Duncan Clarke
ISBN : 9781847654557
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 35.73 MB
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Based on thirty years in the global oil game, intimate knowledge of African history and direct experience of over forty countries, this comprehensive book shows that Africa's flaws are not the whole story, when it comes to the continent's history. A definitive yet original account of the rush for Africa's oil, this is also a guide to the hidden face of Africa. Duncan Clarke begins by placing African oil issues in their historical context before tackling the issues of power, nationalism and different parties' strategies for control that have led to today's oil scene. This book is the ultimate reference work on oil in Africa - which is vital to everyone's future around the world.
Category: Business & Economics

Der Lange Weg Zur Freiheit

Author : Nelson Mandela
ISBN : 9783104031545
Genre : History
File Size : 71.74 MB
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»Ich bin einer von ungezählten Millionen, die durch Nelson Mandelas Leben inspiriert wurden.« Barack Obama Eine fast drei Jahrzehnte währende Gefängnishaft ließ Nelson Mandela zum Mythos der schwarzen Befreiungsbewegung werden. Kaum ein anderer Politiker unserer Zeit symbolisiert heute in solchem Maße die Friedenshoffnungen der Menschheit und den Gedanken der Aussöhnung aller Rassen wie der ehemalige südafrikanische Präsident und Friedensnobelpreisträger. Auch nach seinem Tod finden seine ungebrochene Charakterstärke und Menschenfreundlichkeit die Bewunderung aller friedenswilligen Menschen auf der Welt. Mandelas Lebensgeschichte ist über die politische Bedeutung hinaus ein spannend zu lesendes, kenntnis- und faktenreiches Dokument menschlicher Entwicklung unter Bedingungen und Fährnissen, vor denen die meisten Menschen innerlich wie äußerlich kapituliert haben dürften.
Category: History