Book Reviews An African Classical Age: Eastern and Southern Africa in World History, 1000 B.C. to 4oo A.D. By christopher ehret. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia; Oxford: James Currey, 1998. Pp. xvii + 354. $45.00 (cloth). At the end of his main text, Christopher Ehret claims that in this book "a beginning has been made, sometimes detailed and complex in its revelations, towards restoring the early Eastern and Southern African past into the domain of history." He also asserts that "the history journal of world history, spring 2001 of Eastern and Southeastern Africans" in this period selected "bears a lively relevance for the world history of those times" (p. 297). Readers will find that the contents of An African Classical Age amply justify both these statements. There can be no doubt that this is an important book and that it is also a courageous one, seeking to tell the story of the inhabitants of a huge part of the African continent over the course of a millennium and a half for which there is very little documentary evidence, minimal oral tradition, and only patchy archaeological data. The inevitable question raised by the book concerns the basis of the
Journal of World History – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Mar 1, 2001
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