r/Africa • u/themanofmanyways • 4d ago
Serious Discussion r/Africa Book Club [Episode 4]: Africa's Development in Historical Perspective by Emmanuel Kwaku Akyeampong
Title - Africa's Development in Historical Perspective
Author - Emmanuel Kwaku Akyeampong et al
Setting - Africa (Continental)
Publisher - Cambridge University Press
Genres - History Africa Economics Nonfiction
Pages - 539, Paperback
Link to E-Copy - PM me or reply to my comment in this post that you want it (don't make a separate comment)
This edited volume addresses the root causes of Africa's persistent poverty through an investigation of its longue duree history. It interrogates the African past through disease and demography, institutions and governance, African economies and the impact of the export slave trade, colonialism, Africa in the world economy, and culture's influence on accumulation and investment. Several of the chapters take a comparative perspective, placing Africa's developments aside other global patterns. The readership for this book spans from the informed lay reader with an interest in Africa, academics and undergraduate and graduate students, policy makers, and those in the development world."
Fourth episode is here guys. This time we're delving into the root causes of African poverty. It's a significantly academic book this time, but we should learn from some of the predominant academic narratives concerning African underdevelopment, contextualized within global sociopolitical and economic patterns. It might be a good idea to select the sections/articles that interest you and read them rather than everything, especially if you're short on time. There was a tie between this book and another in the poll, but a coinflip resulted in this being chosen. I'll be joining in this one again. Excited to read it.
u/osaru-yo thanks for everything so far. Could you pin this post for about two weeks? You can take down the prior post you pinned as well.
Remember guys. It's ok if you don't finish the book. Reading and discussing over a specific chapter or story within it is fine. Contrariwise, even if you do finish the book, don't think that somehow makes you an expert on the continent and neocolonialism. It's better to be totally ignorant and humble than largely ignorant and arrogant. Books are ultimately abstractions of real events, and they are laden with the biases, limited experiences and misconceived frameworks that human authors come with.
Cheers, and happy reading.
r/Africa • u/osaru-yo • 17h ago
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r/Africa • u/AfricanStream • 7h ago
Cultural Exploration Getting Plastered Mali Style
The Great Mosque of Djenné - located in the arid hinterland of the sweltering Sahara Desert in southern Mali - is the world's largest mud-brick building, and is known for its distinctive plastering and wooden scaffolding. It is one of Africa’s most revered religious monuments and is part of the ancient, UNESCO-protected town of Djenné.
Every year, the Great Mosque needs to be re-plastered with mud. Locals have turned this mammoth duty into a celebration - the so-called festival of ‘Crépissage’ (French: plastering).
The mosque is constructed almost entirely from sun-dried mud bricks coated with clay, and is the largest surviving example of this unique style of African architecture.
Built in the 13th century, it stands 20m tall and is built on a 91m-long platform. The surrounding town of Djenné has been inhabited since 250 BC, making it one of the oldest towns in sub-Saharan Africa. It flourished between the 13th and 18th centuries as a key transport hub for goods such as salt and gold.
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r/Africa • u/AfricanStream • 17h ago
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r/Africa • u/AfricanStream • 13h ago
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r/Africa • u/AfricanStream • 5h ago
Pop Culture GOOD NEWS FRIDAY: EPISODE TWO Let's recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of Africans in different areas such as art, culture, science, and business.
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r/Africa • u/RegularCockroach • 6h ago
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Picture Dandaji Niger Market, before and aftergallery
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r/Africa • u/my_deleted-account_ • 1d ago
Opinion All time Great Posts.
Post your favourite r/Africa posts here. The way things are going on this platform, it would be good to have an archive of the greats.
I'll go first
osaru-yo on "curse of African Geography"
MixedJiChanandsowhat on CFA Franc
MixedJiChanandsowhat on Burkinabe gold
MixedJiChanandsowhat on Pan-Africanism
MixedJiChanandsowhat on French (lack of) control of Burkina Faso and Mali
MixedJiChanandsowhat on Trade blocs
r/Africa • u/Marciu73 • 1d ago
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r/Africa • u/rogerram1 • 1d ago
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r/Africa • u/AfricanStream • 1d ago
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r/Africa • u/Marciu73 • 2d ago
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r/Africa • u/rogerram1 • 2d ago
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r/Africa • u/TheContinentAfrica • 2d ago
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r/Africa • u/progressiveon • 3d ago
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r/Africa • u/Believemeustink • 3d ago
History TIL Ancient pottery from West Africa have been chemically analyzed, showing organic residue of their diets. The Nok people from 3,500 years ago enjoyed quality nutrition in greens such as African eggplant, okra, cowpea and bombax, and added flavors to starch-based staplestheconversation.com
r/Africa • u/ExperienceAfricans • 2d ago