A Short History Of Africa by Roland Anthony Oliver
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I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in African history. I made a promise to myself in the s, when I was at university, that one day I would start reading the book.
That promise has been honored and I am glad I kept it. The basis for my satisfaction is not due to the quality or style of the authors' writing - not that there are any major problems there. My satisfaction in reading this book stems Tucked away on a bookshelf in my parents home since I was a teenage boy was this book entitled "A Short History of Africa" by Roland Oliver and J.
My satisfaction in reading this book stems form the fact that the authors confirm what I am learning - perhaps somewhat late in life - that Africa is where the "real action" was, as it played a central role in creating the foundation of modern civilization; and given that things go in cycles the real action probably will be there once again. A United States of Africa would be a formidable federal state and global economic powerhouse.
Oliver and Fage's book gave me three important things: These states functioned effectively.
There were cities, foreign trade, universities and impressive empires. Some prime examples are the powerful kingdoms of Mali, Ghana and Songhay. The notion that Africans are incapable of governing themselves is therefore patently false.
The first European settlement in this zone was established by the Portuguese in the first half of 15th century. Others followed but these were confined primarily to the coastal areas.
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The Europeans only deeply explored the African interior in the 19th century. This meant that for large swathes of the continent native tribal customs, state organization and day to day life were not significantly impacted by the arrival of the Europeans. The so-called "Scramble for Africa" - whereby the European nations partitioned the resource rich land mass - occurred late in the 19th century.
Einhard refers to him as Hruodlandus Brittannici limitis praefectus "Roland, prefect of the borders of Brittany"indicating that he presided over the Breton MarchFrancia 's border territory against the Bretons. While he was vigorously pursuing the Saxon waralmost without a break, and after he had placed garrisons at selected points along the border, [Charles] marched into Spain [in ] with as large a force as he could mount.
His army passed through the Pyrenees and [Charles] received the surrender of all the towns and fortified places he encountered. He was returning [to Francia] with his army safe and intact, but high in the Pyrenees on that return trip he briefly experienced the Basques. That place is so thoroughly covered with thick forest that it is the perfect spot for an ambush.
Eggihard, the overseer of the king's table, Anselm, the count of the palace, and Roland, the lord of the Breton Marchalong with many others died in that skirmish.
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But this deed could not be avenged at that time, because the enemy had so dispersed after the attack that there was no indication as to where they could be found.
The distinctive culture of this region preserves the present-day Gallo language and legends of local heroes such as Roland. Roland's successor in Brittania Nova was Guy of Nanteswho like Roland, was unable to exert Frankish expansion over Brittany and merely sustained a Breton presence in the Carolingian Empire.
According to legend, Roland was laid to rest in the basilica at Blayenear Bordeauxon the site of the citadel.
The eight phases of The Song of Roland in one picture Composed inthe first page of the Chanson de Roland Song of Roland Roland was a popular and iconic figure in medieval Europe and its minstrel culture. Many tales made him a nephew of Charlemagne and turned his life into an epic tale of the noble Christian killed by Islamic forces, which forms part of the medieval Matter of France.
The tale of Roland's death is retold in the 11th-century poem The Song of Rolandwhere he is equipped with the olifant a signalling horn and an unbreakable sword, enchanted by various Christian relics, named Durendal. The Song contains a highly romanticized account of the Battle of Roncevaux Pass and Roland's death, setting the tone for later fantastical depiction of Charlemagne's court. It was adapted and modified throughout the Middle Ages, including an influential Latin prose version Historia Caroli Magni latterly known as the Pseudo-Turpin Chroniclewhich also includes Roland's battle with a Saracen giant named Ferracutus who is only vulnerable at his navel.
Other texts give further legendary accounts of Roland's life.