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Pocket Explorer: African Civilizations
Nicholas Badcott

published 2010 6 1/4" x 7 1/2" • 32 pages
ISBN 9781566568043 • hardback • $13.95

A colorful reference guide to Africa's heritage-the peoples and places of Africa's past, from prehistoric to early colonial times.

Africa is a vast continent with many and varied peoples and cultures. This attractive little book offers a colorful introduction to the landscape, resources, history and cultural achievements of the continent's peoples.
 
At the back of the book is a large, colorful fold-out poster map which can be detached and displayed on a wall or notice board. It offers an attractive visual reference to the key places, peoples and achievements of African civilizations from prehistory to the start of the colonial period.

The book provides supporting information and background to the major areas of Africa: North, West, Central, and Eastern/Southern. It offers introductions to each region and civilization, with short feature sections on important places and themes. The book is richly illustrated with color photographs, including numerous objects from museum collections.

• Fold-out poster map detaches for wall display
• Explores the great variety of places and peoples of the African continent
• Handy format
• Ideal for older children and adults
• Short, accessible text, fully illustrated with photographs including many museum artifacts

Nicholas Badcott is an Education Officer in the Learning and Audiences Department at the British Museum and has worked and traveled extensively in many parts of Africa.

Contents
Introduction to Africa
   African diversity in landscape, language, people and culture
   Origins of human life
Northern Africa
   Nile Valley and Delta
   Coast
   Sahara Desert
   Ethiopian Highlands
Western Africa
   Savanna
   Forests
   Niger basin
Central Africa
   Between the lakes
Eastern and Southern Africa
   Rift Valley
   Coast
   Zimbabwean culture
   Southern Africa
Africa Today and Beyond
   Modern Africa and the Diaspora
Further reading
Foldout map


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