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This 2005 book examines the global unfolding of the African Diaspora, the migrations and dispersals of the people of Africa, from antiquity to the modern period. Their exploits, challenges, and struggles are discussed over a wide expanse of time in ways that link as well as differentiate past and present circumstances. The experiences of Africans in the Old World, in the Mediterranean and Islamic worlds, is followed by their movement into the New, where their experience in lands claimed by Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, French and English colonial powers is analyzed from enslavement through to the Cold War. While appropriate mention is made of persons of renown, particular attention is paid to the everyday lives of working class people and their cultural efflorescence. The book also attempts to explain contemporary plights and struggles through the lens of history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521001359
ISBN-10: 0521001358
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 250
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Michael A. Gomez

Michael A. Gomez is Professor of History at New York University. He is the author of Pragmatism in the Age of Jihad: The Precolonial State of Bundu (Cambridge, 1992) and Exchanging our Country Marks: The Transformation of African Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum South (1998). He currently serves as director of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora.

Books By Author Michael A. Gomez

Diasporic Africa by Michael A. Gomez

Diasporic Africa

Paperback, September 2005
Black Crescent by Michael A. Gomez

Black Crescent

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Reversing Sail by Michael A. Gomez

Reversing Sail

Hardback, December 2004
Pragmatism in the Age of Jihad by Michael A. Gomez

Pragmatism in the Age of Jihad

Paperback, July 2002