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In this book, Diop compares the political andsocial systems of Europe and black Africa from antiquity to the formation of modern states. Throuhout, his intent is not to provide a history as such, but rather guidelines fot historians and others who seek a scientific understanding of precolonial societies in Africa, the Mediterranean, and Europe and thier links with the earliest known stages of human deelopment Students and scholars of Africa an world history will be challenged by Diop's original - though controversial - analysis of the similarities and striking differences between black Africa and the West


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In this book, the late Cheikh Anta Diop presents a dynamic and covincng argument for the creation of a unified black African state. This new revised edition is supplemntal with a recent interview by renowned political analyst and journalist Carlos Moore and delineates Diop's vision of Africa's emergence as amajor world power.