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African Genius

ISBN-10: 0821416057
ISBN-13: 9780821416051
Edition: 2004
Authors: Basil Davidson
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 11/15/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 277
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.750
Language: English

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.

Prologue : a scattered wisdom
'Just plain nonsense ...' and after
Formative origins
The physical problem
Unity and variation
Founding ancestors
The balance with nature
A moral order
Elaborations I : age sets
Elaborations II : secret societies
A science of social control
Of witches and sorcerers
Upside-down people
Explanation and prediction
The danger within
Useful magic
Answers to anxiety
Art for life's sake
The dynamics of reality
From elders to kings
The nature of kingship
Conquest and clientage
Trade and Islam
Power, rank and privilege
The crisis opens
From a guerrilla diary
The great transition
The kings resist
Twilight of the old gods
New redeemers
The modern context
The masses react
Epilogue : African destinies

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