Africa in the World
Past and Present
By (author) Ben Burt
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Africa in the World by Ben Burt
Book DescriptionThe history of Africa is most simply defined by its relationships with other parts of the world. These relationships have shaped Africa itself and determined its place in the modern world. The book explores the first African kingdoms of Egypt, the influence of the ancient Mediterranean, the role of Islam in medieval Africa, the influence of Asia, and, more recently, the impact of European colonisation, the slave trade and the birth of globalisation. What we choose to look at, and the way in which we react to other cultures, is coloured by our own cultural identity. These reactions come into play when we construct a notion of a continent or culture. In dealing with themes such as the legacy of slavery, the popularity of African art, and the Africa diaspora, the author encourages the reader to consider the possible preconceptions that come with one's own cultural heritage. The result is a book which enthuses the reader to look afresh at Africa, its peoples and culture.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780714125718
(246mm x 189mm x mm)
Imprint: British Museum Press
Publisher: British Museum Press
Publish Date: 25-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Based on an excellent range of case studies and supported throughout by useful learning features, World Art explores the concept of 'art' as understood by cultures across the globe. This invaluable textbook is essential reading for all anthropology of art students, as well as students of museum studies and art history.
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Author Biography - Ben Burt
Ben Burt is an anthropologist who works as an education curator for the Ethnography Department in the British Museum.
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