The Encyclopedia of Africa presents the most up-to-date and thorough reference on this region of ever-growing importance in world history, politics, and culture. Its core is comprised of the entries focusing on African history and culture from 2005's acclaimed five-volume Africana - nearly two-thirds of these 1,300 entries have been updated, revised, and expanded to reflect the most recent scholarship. Organized in an A-Z format, the articles cover prominent individuals, events, trends, places, political movements, art forms, business and trade, religions, ethnic groups, organizations, and countries throughout Africa. There are articles on contemporary nations of sub-Saharan Africa, ethnic groups from various regions of Africa, and European colonial powers. Other examples include Congo River, Ivory trade, Mau Mau rebellion, and Pastoralism. The Encyclopedia of Africa is sure to become the essential resource in the field.
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. earned his MA and PhD in English Literature from Clare College at the University of Cambridge, and his B.A. summa cum laude in English literature from Yale University. Before coming to Harvard (where he served as Chair of the African American Studies Department from 1991 to 2006), he taught at Yale, Cornell, and Duke. His grants and honors include a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant," the George Polk Award for Social Commentary, Time Magazine's "25 Most Influential Americans" list, a National Humanities Medal, election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Jefferson Lecture, a Visiting Fellowship at the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and 44 honorary degrees. Dr. Gates is the author of several works of literary criticism and is the Editor in Chief of the Oxford African American Studies Center, Series Editor of the Collected Black Writers series and of the Oxford W. E. B. Du Bois, and served as Editor in Chief with Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham for African American Lives. He was recently named the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard.
Kwame Anthony Appiah earned his BA and PhD in Philosophy from Cambridge. Before coming to Princeton, he taught at Yale, Cornell, Duke and Harvard and lectured at many other institutions in the United States, Germany, Ghana and South Africa, as well as at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Dr. Appiah has published widely in African and African American literary and cultural studies, and has previously served as Editor in Chief with Henry Louis Gates Jr. for the Dictionary of Global Culture and the Encarta Africana CD-ROM encyclopedia, which became the basis for the encyclopedia Africana published by OUP.
Oxford has taken a selection of entries from the five-volume Africana (2005) and reassembled them in this two-volume encyclopedia covering “prominent individuals, events, trends, places, political movements, art forms, business and trade, religions, ethnic groups, organizations, and countries throughout Africa.” On their way to becoming part of the new set, nearly two-thirds of the 1,300 selected entries were revised to reflect more recent scholarship and events through, in some cases, 2009. The A–Z entries are preceded by a chronology and followed by a “Topical Outline of Selected Entries,” a two-and-a-half-page bibliography organized by subject, and an index. The fact that only a handful of titles in the bibliography have copyright dates later than 2000 is a concern, especially because very few of the entries have bibliographies attached. On the other hand, there is evidence of updating throughout the rest of the set; for example, the death of South African singer Miriam Makeba and the election of a women majority legislature in Rwanda in 2008, the death of former Sudanese president Gaafar Muhammad al-Nimeiry and trouble with militant groups in Niger in 2009. The “At a Glance” tables in country entries have been updated, with much of the data drawn from estimates for 2009. Despite the revisions, libraries that already own Africana may not feel that this new set is a necessary purchase. However, public, and college libraries in need of a current resource on Africa will want to consider it. --Mary Ellen Quinn
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