Ivan Van Sertima Book UK They Came Before Columbus 978-0812968170
Ivan Van Sertima They Came Before Columbus ÂŁ 14.99

They Came Before Columbus shows us a dramatic, thought-provoking, and incredibly detailed documentation of the presence and legacy of Africans in ancient America. In They Came Before Columbus, we see clearly the unmistakable black Africans in pre-Columbian America, and their overwhelming impact on the civilisations they came into contact with. Examining navigation and shipbuilding; cultural analogies between Native Americans and Africans; the transportation of plants, animals, and textiles between the continents; and the written and griot accounts of the explorers themselves, Ivan Van Sertima builds a mountain of evidence to support his claim of an African presence in the New World centuries before Columbus. Van Sertima remakes some of the most powerful scenes of human history with his gift of storytelling: the launching of the great ships of Mali in 1310, the sea expedition of the Mandingo king in 1311 and many others. Published September 23rd 2003. 336 Pages.

Stanley Lane-Poole Book UK The Story Of The Moors In Spain 978-0-933121-19-5-32
Stanley Lane-Poole The Story Of The Moors In Spain ÂŁ 15.99

"a chronicle of splendor and tragedy" In the introduction, John G. Jackson describes this preeminent work as "a chronicle of splendor and tragedy, and no one has told the story better than Stanley Lane-Poole." This book is a classic and was first published in 1886. It tells the story of the medieval Islamic cultures and the history of their invasion and subsequent life in Spain. Review - "It tells of what they brought to a medieval Spain, of their art, their great learning, their poetry, their refined ways, their cleanliness, while Christian Europe were still in the habit of shunning washing themselves or their clothing, of their excellent ways with agriculture, turning Southern Spain into a luxurious place of tropical plant growth and rich harvests. It also tells of the murder and plunder which both the Christians and the Muslims engaged in, of the petty jealousies and the power struggles. A real eye-opener, a valuable work for those that want to study human nature. I loved the descriptions of the Alhambra and of the gardens of Cordova. I quote: "Here is everything to delight a southern voluptuary: fruits, flowers, fragrance, green arbours and myrtle hedges, delicate air and gushing water..." and "..But its night is always perfumes, for morning pours on it her grey amber, and night her black musk." I would recommend this book to all lovers of history, and it is told in a most fascinating way". Published in 1886, 1990. 295 pages. 

Stanley Lane-Poole Book UK The Story Of The Moors After Spain 978-1617590375
Stanley Lane-Poole The Story Of The Moors After Spain ÂŁ 15.99

The story of the Moors in Spain “reads like a dream.” Under their rule, thrift and prosperity prevailed throughout the country. “Palatial cities rose under their hand. Aqueducts, rivaling those of the Roman Campagna, brought the streams from the mountains to city and field. Great districts, naturally sunburnt and barren, were made by skilful irrigation to blossom into wonderful fertility. Under their rule Spain was a rich, a prosperous, and, to a great degree, a happy land. Ample revenue of their monarchs enabled them to undertake and complete works of regal splendor, of which the admired Alhambra and the Mosque—now the Cathedral—of Cordova, with its thousand pillars of variegated marble, yet remaining after the desolations of centuries, are striking examples... Their universities were of such celebrity that students from all Christian lands eagerly repaired to them... In poetry and elegant literature, they attained no inconsiderable success.” This book is very skilful and interesting presentation of that brilliant and adventurous tale. The reader will especially value the numerous excellent illustrations and the ample citation of the story of the Cid. The writer's sympathies are wholly, and perhaps deservedly, with the Moors against the Christians, little or no notice being taken of the vices of slavery and of the harem inseparable from Moslem civilization. "The true memorial of the Moors is seen," he says, " in desolate tracts of utter barrenness, where once the Moslem grew luxuriant vines and olives and yellow ears of corn; in a stupid, ignorant population, where once wit and learning nourished; in the general stagnation and degradation of a people which has hopelessly fallen in the scale of nations, and has deserved its humiliation." So, too, the critic may add, has fallen the once brilliant civilization of Morocco, Algiers, and Tunis. The book furnishes a fine combination of solid knowledge and literary grace. Lane-Poole writes: "THE history of Spain offers us a melancholy contrast. Twelve hundred years ago, Tarik the Moor added the land of the Visigoths to the long catalogue of kingdoms subdued by the Moslems. For nearly eight centuries, under her Mohammedan rulers, Spain set to all Europe a shining example of a civilized and enlightened State. Her fertile provinces, rendered doubly prolific by the industry and engineering skill of her conquerors, bore fruit an hundredfold. Cities innumerable sprang up in the rich valleys of the Guadelquivir and the Guadiana, whose names, and names only, still commemorate the vanished glories of their past. Art, literature, and science prospered, as they then prospered nowhere else in Europe. Students flocked from France and Germany and England to drink from the fountain of learning which flowed only in the cities of the Moors. The surgeons and doctors of Andalusia were in the van of science: women were encouraged to devote themselves to serious study, and the lady doctor was not unknown among the people of Cordova. Mathematics, astronomy and botany, history, philosophy and jurisprudence were to be mastered in Spain, and Spain alone. The practical work of the field, the scientific methods of irrigation, the arts of fortification and shipbuilding, the highest and most elaborate products of the loom, the graver and the hammer, the potter's wheel and the mason's trowel, were brought to perfection by the Spanish Moors.

Dr. Edward Scobbie Book UK Global African Presence 978-1617590092
Dr. Edward Scobbie Global African Presence ÂŁ 21.99

A significant part of this book focuses on the African resistance, in particular during the centuries of slavery. The African resistance is something that has been deliberately played down by historians throughout history. History books, as a result have always placed on due prominence on the works of those abolitionists, predominantly Europeans, who campaigned for abolition and emancipation. In favour of the ones telling their version. This is an unfair statement at the expense of the continuous resistance, revolts and retaliation by enslaved Africans themselves. Also, Africans themselves have played a significant role in the abolitionist movement and these key and missing parts in the story are revealed in this book. Published June 28th 1994. 280 pages.

Michael Bradley Book UK Dawn Voyage: The Black African Discovery of America 978-1617590030
Michael Bradley Dawn Voyage: The Black African Discovery of Ame... ÂŁ 23.99

For the first time is evidence for one of the most dramatic, but distorted, ignored and forgotten episodes of human history. Michael Bradley is one of the most underrated scholars of our time. One of a number of books indicating the African presence among nations and people outside of Africa as early as 800 B.C. and probably before. Dawn Voyage: The Black African Discovery of America reveals the agricultural, religious, artistic and architectural evidence that "Black" Africans from the sub-Sahara were probably the first "discoverers" of America from across the Atlantic, but notes that the first true "discoverers" were, the Asiatic nomads crossing the Bering Land Bridge during the period of the last "Ice Age".The book also shows readers evidence that,  seafaring Asians possibly reached America across the Pacific earlier than "Black" Africans from across the Atlantic. But the evidence is presented to show that African contact, unlike possible sporadic Oriental sea-borne contact, actually influenced the development of Mezo-american civilisations in important ways. Review - "excellent book. well documented and well written. discusses the pre columbian contact of african civilization with american civilizations, supports the theory of trans atlantic voyages and the dissemination of cultural traits from africa to america". Published 1987*, July 1st 2011. 193 pages. .

Robin Walker Book UK When We Ruled 9781580730457
Robin Walker When We Ruled ÂŁ 35.99

The Ancient and Mediaeval History of Black Civilisations In twenty two chapters, When We Ruled examines the nature of what we call Black history; critically surveying the often-shoddy documentation of that history. Importantly, it focuses upon African civilization in the Valley of the Nile and analyzes the key historical phases of Ancient Egypt--critical exercises for any professed scholar of African history and vital pieces of Africa's legacy When we Ruled is a timely and immensely important work of benefit to scholars and students alike. I am proud to add it to my library, from the Introduction--Runoko Rashidi

Runoko Rashidi Book Black Star: African Presence In Early Europe
Runoko Rashidi Black Star: African Presence In Early Europe ÂŁ 26.99

The contents of this book could not have come at a more useful time. As governments across Europe are backpedalling on the few gains for multiculturalism and diversity, Rashidi reminds us of the long and interesting history that Black people have made or contributed to in Europe. It is an intriguing history, taking us from the earliest humans in Europe, through the earliest civilisations of the Mediterranean, through the Moors of the mediaeval world, and to the great Black individuals who made history in the different European countries. Finally, Rashidi shows that Black people have figured in the religious and mythological thought of the European peoples.” Black Star: The African Presence in Early Europe is an excellent read. Rashidi is conspicuously polished as a wordsmith. For some people, this is suspicious, as many critics don’t like writers who write too well! Fortunately, the referencing and supporting material is all there. Like Professor Yosef ben-Jochannan’s books, Black Star is also an excellent research tool. It is unlikely that any reader of this book will remain a passive receptor of information. On the contrary, Rashidi points you to new sources of information to pursue more study in the respective topics. He also has biographies of the earlier Black scholars who have delved into these areas.

David Mac Ritchie Book UK Ancient & Modern Britons Volume 2 978-1930097872
David Mac Ritchie Ancient & Modern Britons Volume 2 ÂŁ 21.99

This 2 volume work of Scottish Historian David Mac Ritchie, 1851-1925, first published in 1884 and long out of print, its impact will have as profound an impact as Gerald Massey and Godfey Higgins. Whoever has gone into one of our Antiquarian Museums, and glanced with some curiosity, and perhaps with growing interest, at the withered fragments of canoes, preserved from total decay by the peat out of which they were dug, at the stone heads of weapons whose handles have rotted long ago, at the flint knives and arrow-heads, at the sun-dried pottery, at the gaudy beads of amber or of colorued glass, at the combs and ornaments curiously carved out of bone, and alt all such other relics of a remote past, has soon, in all likelihood, found himself speculating upon the nature of the people who made and used these things. The things themselves are plainly allied to the weapons and ornaments of existing savage races, and we know that the people vaguely spoken of as Ancient Britons, to whom these articles are attributed, were themselves allied to such races by a community of custom. They wore little or no clothing, they tattooed their bodies and faces, they painted themselves blue or green, and some tribes smeared themselves over with iron ore; some of them are stated to have been cannibals: could all such resemblances have existed if the races themselves, however far separated now, had not all belonged to a common stock? Can there be community of custom, apparent in most minute details, without there being community of blood?

David Mac Ritchie Book UK Ancient & Modern Britons Volume 1 978-1930097872
David Mac Ritchie Ancient & Modern Britons Volume 1 ÂŁ 21.99

This 2 volume work of Scottish Historian David Mac Ritchie, 1851-1925, first published in 1884 and long out of print, its impact will have as profound an impact as Gerald Massey and Godfey Higgins. Whoever has gone into one of our Antiquarian Museums, and glanced with some curiosity, and perhaps with growing interest, at the withered fragments of canoes, preserved from total decay by the peat out of which they were dug, at the stone heads of weapons whose handles have rotted long ago, at the flint knives and arrow-heads, at the sun-dried pottery, at the gaudy beads of amber or of colorued glass, at the combs and ornaments curiously carved out of bone, and alt all such other relics of a remote past, has soon, in all likelihood, found himself speculating upon the nature of the people who made and used these things. The things themselves are plainly allied to the weapons and ornaments of existing savage races, and we know that the people vaguely spoken of as Ancient Britons, to whom these articles are attributed, were themselves allied to such races by a community of custom. They wore little or no clothing, they tattooed their bodies and faces, they painted themselves blue or green, and some tribes smeared themselves over with iron ore; some of them are stated to have been cannibals: could all such resemblances have existed if the races themselves, however far separated now, had not all belonged to a common stock? Can there be community of custom, apparent in most minute details, without there being community of blood?

Runoko Rashidi Book UK My Global Journeys in Search of the African Presence 978-1574781212
Runoko Rashidi My Global Journeys in Search of the African Pre... ÂŁ 34.99

As a young man, scholar and historian Runoko Rashidi was inspired by traveling journalist and historian J. A. Rogers. Rogers was undefeatable in rescuing and uncovering Black history from obscure places around the world as well as in unearthing African origins among many of Europe's historical ruling families. W.E. B. DuBois once wrote of Rogers, No man alive has written more about the Negro. In Rogers's life and work, Rashidi found inspiration and pledged to travel the world much like Rogers had done, following in his footsteps and witnessing firsthand the presence of Africa around the world. This book documents Rashidi's inspired Global Journeys in Search of the African Presence. This unique travelogue records his country-by-country travels in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Russia, the Pacific and Caribbean Islands, and Central and South America. It also recounts his day-by-day encounters with people, historical markers, art, and cultural practices that both separate and unite Blacks around the world. It's a richly illustrated text with colorful photos primarily taken by the author. The photos do a wonderful job of highlighting the authors pursuit of global Africa. They also present readers with the same stunning visual African presence that Rashidi found and still finds as he continues his travels today. He has visited more than 100 countries, long ago surpassing the 60 that Rogers, his inspiration, visited. Travelogues as literature are not new as a way of sharing the experience of distant lands. They have been around for centuries. In fact, many of the early exploiters of Africa used their travelogues to inform other exploiters of Africa and the New World. The uniqueness of Rashidi's work is his passionate purpose. He turns the old tradition on its head. Rather than using the narrative to exploit and disperse people of African descent, Rashidis purpose is to unite those people, now found all over the world, by pointing to their similarities and unified beginnings. In that sense, the man and the book are unique. No one has traveled further, no one has traveled more, and no one has traveled with this mans passion of uniting people of African descent with their common origin and history. Rashidis global search continues. Today he regularly takes groups to the many distant places he has traveled and new ones that he crosses off his ever shorter list of places he hasnÕt visited. Hopefully, his current activity will lead to a second volume of global searching. With each group he leads, he gets to experience his passion anew, ensuring that a new generation will share the inspiration that propels him.

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