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Davidson, Basil 1914-2010

Works: 521 works in 2,530 publications in 6 languages and 46,344 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Pictorial works  Juvenile works  Personal narratives‡vBritish  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Author of introduction, Commentator, Other, Author of dialog, Commentator for written text, Honoree, Performer, Originator, Translator, Creator, Director
Classifications: DT20, 960
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African kingdoms by Basil Davidson( Book )

86 editions published between 1965 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 3,364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surveys the history, civilizations, culture and people of ancient Africa and explains the influence of the past on modern African life and customs
Africa in history : themes and outlines by Basil Davidson( Book )

114 editions published between 1966 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of Africa tracing its inner growth and world wide significance that also includes recent changes in South Africa
The lost cities of Africa by Basil Davidson( Book )

50 editions published between 1959 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses Egypt, Kush, Meroe, kingdoms of the Old Sudan, Ghana, Mali, Timbuktu, Songhay, the Sao and Kanem, Carthage, Benin, Zanj, Kalambo, Sheba, coastal trade, Axum, Ethiopia, Engaruka, Zimbabwe, Mapungubwe, Inyanga and Niekerk, medieval Rhodesia, the Azanians, the Phoenicians, Djenne, El Masudi, Gao, the Iron Age, Kenya, Kilwa, Khartoum, Malindi, Mombasa, Monomotapa, Mozambique, Ophir, Punt, the Portuguese and the slave trade, Sofala, and more
The African past : chronicles from antiquity to modern times by Basil Davidson( Book )

48 editions published between 1964 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Included writings by Harkhuf, Pepi-nakt, Tuthmosis III, Piankhi, Herodotus, Ezana, Desmond Clark, Bernard Fagg, Frank Willett, Muhammed Bello, Samuel Johnson, Saburi Biobaku, Tamsir Niane, Al Yakubi, Al Bekri, Al Omari, Ibn Battuta, Al Maghili, Ahmed Ibn Fartua, Kati, Es-Sa'adi, Egharevba, Al Mas'udi, Freeman-Grenville, Idrisi, Yu-Yang-Tsa-Tsu, Chao Ju-Kua, Chang Hsieh, Vasco da Gama, Duarte Barbosa, Hans Mayr, Diogo de Alcancova, D.P. Abraham, Pedro Vaz Soares, Joao de Barros, Antonio Boccarro, Manoel Barreto, Ruy de Pina, Alonso de Palencia, Affonso of Congo, Abreu de Brito, John Landye, Richard Jobson, John Hawkins, Richard Eden, William Towerson, Oliveira Cadornega, John Casseneuve, William Bosman, Michel Adanson, Richard Brew, James Penny, John Johnston, Archibald Dalzell, Robert Norris, Olaudah Equiano, Abbe Proyart, Thomas Winterbottom, James Bruce, Andrew Sparrman, Frederic Caillaud, Henry Fynn, Edouard Casalis, Robert Moffat, David Livingstone, Antonio Gamitto, James Prior, Mungo Park, Uthman Dan Fodio, Brodie Cruickshank, Heinrich Barth, Martin Delany, Mary Kingsley, Leo Frobenius, Charles Domingo, Placide Tempels, Macemba, Edward Blyden, Winwood Reade, and others
The African genius; an introduction to African cultural and social history by Basil Davidson( Book )

32 editions published between 1969 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Basil Davidson gives insights into the depth and sophistication of African cultural and social history in a way that is intelligible and accessible to the lay-reader. North America: Ohio U Press
The Black man's burden : Africa and the curse of the nation-state by Basil Davidson( Book )

39 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in English and held by 1,471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Basil Davidson is among the most widely read and respected of Africa's historians, and is, as Roland Oliver, author of The Cambridge History of Africa, has observed, "the one best trusted in Black Africa itself." Now, in this often brilliant, unfailingly provocative work, he traces the roots of Africa's independence movement and puts the continent's present-day political instability into historical perspective. Emerging from foreign rule in the 1950s, the African people looked hopefully toward a future of independence and self-determination. But today Africa is a continent in crisis. The root cause, argues Davidson, lies in a historical irony--Africa's liberators, reluctant to embrace Africa's own history, chose to form nation-states based on fundamentally flawed European models. Thus, the sectarian strife of Europe was reproduced in Africa, compromising the new nations almost from the moment of their birth. Filled with stimulating insights, The Black Man's Burden tackles some of the most vexing and fundamental questions of our time. Davidson begins with an inquiry into the pathology of nationalism and tribalism, and shows how they have collided in modern Africa. He demonstrates how the colonial legacy deformed (almost from the start) the project of African liberation. For African freedom fighters, mostly schooled in Western ways, could only imagine an African future inspired by the very West whose shackles they sought to break. Even the language of their discourse was derived from the West. Thus, they turned their backs on whatever might have proved useful and usable from their own African heritage. The creation of nation-states, like the Janus-faced nature of nationalism itself, proved, in the event, to be not so much liberating as suffocating. The state, Davidson argues, became a monster, its ever-inflating bureaucracy enrolled in the service of a particular family or ethnic group or tribe or alliance of tribes. Others, in an effort to resist the depredations of the state (or in a refusal to recognize its legitimacy), sought refuge in networks of tribal solidarity and community. Intelligent, passionate, sophisticated, Davidson explores the evolution of nationalism as it has unfolded in both Africa and Europe. He sheds light into obscure corners, combines scholarship with enthusiasm, and accomplishes that rare feat of turning the reader inside out in order to view the world with fresh eyes. He concludes with a reflection on movements of renewal and democracy that are now pushing their way across the continent
Modern Africa : a social and political history by Basil Davidson( Book )

59 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An all-African overview of events, movements, ideas, dates and personalities between 1914 and 1990
Africa : history of a continent by Basil Davidson( Book )

46 editions published between 1961 and 1978 in English and held by 1,328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in London by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in 1966
Black mother; the years of the African slave trade by Basil Davidson( Book )

13 editions published between 1961 and 1965 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Let freedom come : Africa in modern history by Basil Davidson( Book )

19 editions published between 1971 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A book that could not be written until now because of limitations imposed by Britain's Official Secrets Act, Let Freedom Come presents the history of sub-Saharan Africa in this century, from the death throes of European imperialism to the birth pangs and often bloody adolescences of the newly independent African nations. The author draws upon his unexcelled command of modern African history, society, and culture, at the same time reemphasizing that Africa had evolved her own cities, civilizations, indeed empires, as great as any in Western Europe before the first Europeans ever ventured onto the continent. Writing from the belief that the new history of Africa flows organically out of the old, Davidson envisions a purely African revolution in the near future, from whose outcome will emerge a new African consciousness and wholly new institutions rooted in African history. - Back cover
The African slave trade by Basil Davidson( Book )

29 editions published between 1961 and 2004 in English and held by 1,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines European-African relations between 1450 and 1850 including the slave trade and its consequences
Which way Africa? : the search for a new society by Basil Davidson( Book )

55 editions published between 1964 and 1973 in 3 languages and held by 1,061 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black star; a view of the life and times of Kwame Nkrumah by Basil Davidson( Book )

22 editions published between 1973 and 2007 in English and held by 951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1957, Kwame Nkrumah became the first Prime Minister of Ghana. He seized opportunities to lead the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa away from from colonialism. By the time, he was overthrown in a coup in 1966 most African countries, outside the settler-dominated South, had also achieved independence
In the eye of the storm; Angola's people by Basil Davidson( Book )

33 editions published between 1972 and 1975 in 3 languages and held by 940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of West Africa to the nineteenth century. With F.K. Buah and the advice of J.F. Ade Ajayi by Basil Davidson( Book )

17 editions published in 1966 in 3 languages and held by 879 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guide to African history by Basil Davidson( Book )

34 editions published between 1963 and 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of the African continent from prehistoric times to the present day
The African slave trade : precolonial history,1450-1850 by Basil Davidson( Book )

13 editions published between 1961 and 1969 in English and French and held by 823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The search for Africa : history, culture, politics by Basil Davidson( Book )

8 editions published in 1994 in English and Spanish and held by 779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For more than forty years, Basil Davidson has been writing on Africa, helping to lift the curtain of ignorance that has too long cloaked that astonishing continent with its many vibrant peoples. In more than twenty books, from The Lost Cities of Africa to The African Genius to The Black Man's Burden, he has contributed to one of the truly liberating achievements of the twentieth century : the reinstallation of Africa's peoples within the culture of the world. Moreover, Davidson has done so with a spirit of infectious adventure and vitality and commitment. That spirit, fleshed out with deep research and attired in elegant style, has drawn countless readers to subjects otherwise approachable only by experts. Taken together, his many writings have made the excitement of intellectual discovery palpable for us all. In the course of his fruitful career Davidson has written many shorter pieces as well, and the best of these are collected for the first time in The Search for Africa. These penetrating essays, essential to understanding the passionate spirit of this founder of modern African studies, provide the background and perspective needed to understand a continent whose upheavals continue to shake the world. In them, Basil Davidson joins the heated debate over Africanism, Eurocentricism, and the historical role of Africa. He does so with unmatched erudition and solidarity. Readers new to his work will appreciate Davidson's clarity of style, a result of his disciplined and candid thinking. Because he has a passion and respect for African culture and the African peoples, Davidson debunks Western myths about Africa, and anyone ignorant of its realities will learn much from his engaged presentation. His very tone is that of a man who is primarily concerned with truth. The Search for Africa begins with an essay on the roots and contributions of Africa's ancient kingdoms and proceeds to a meditation on the invention of racism and the meanings of Africanism. Next is a dissection of the South African system of legalized servitude, its origins and consequences. This is followed by an examination of the struggles of Africans to free themselves from the imperial powers, in the course of which Davidson grapples with the ambiguities of nationalism. The book ends with a reflection on what the author calls the "curse of Columbus." In a wider sense, The Search for Africa forms a bridge between the three parallel enterprises of history, culture, and politics. It reveals how culture justifies itself by history, how history influences culture, and how politics threads its way through both. It is an indispensable capstone to a remarkable career. - Jacket flap
Ghana : an African portrait by Paul Strand( Book )

13 editions published between 1975 and 1976 in English and French and held by 768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African civilization revisited : from antiquity to modern times by Basil Davidson( Book )

9 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in English and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Black man's burden : Africa and the curse of the nation-state
Alternative Names
Basil Davidson britischer Historiker, Publizist und Afrikanist

Basil Davidson Brits journalist

Basil Davidson historiador e escritor britânico

Basil Davidson historiador y escritor británico

Basil Davidson historien britannique

Basil Davidson storico britannico

Davidson, B.

Davidson Basil

Davidson, Basil Risbridger

Davidson, Basil Risbridger 1914-2010

Davidson, Besil 1914-

Deividsons, Beisils 1914-

Dėvidson, Bėsil

Dėvidson, Bėsil 1914-2010

Dèvidson, Bèzil.

Risbridger Davidson, Basil 1914-2010

Tai-wei-hsün, Pai-chʿi-erh

Tai-wei-hsūn, Pai-ch'i-êrh 1914-

Tai-wei-hsün, Pai-chʻi-erh 1914-2010

Дэвидсон, Бэзил

باسيل دافيدسون، 1914-2010

دافدسن، بازل

دافيدسون، بازيل، 1914-2010

داڤدسن، بازل

デヴィッドソン, バズル

デヴィドスン, B.

デヴィドソン, バズル


デヴイドソンバジル 1914-2010

デビッドソン, B.

デビッドソン, バジル

デビドソン, B.


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The lost cities of AfricaThe African genius; an introduction to African cultural and social historyThe Black man's burden : Africa and the curse of the nation-stateModern Africa : a social and political historyThe African slave tradeBlack star; a view of the life and times of Kwame NkrumahAfrican civilization revisited : from antiquity to modern times