By Gordon Kerr
A comprehensive advent to the sprawling heritage of this huge, immense continent, from the sunrise of human time in prehistoric Africa throughout to Arab Spring
Beginning with the origins of the human race and the advance of stone age know-how, this heritage of the cradle of civilization strikes via old and medieval occasions, the importance of the Arab presence, the Muslim states, and the trans-Saharan trade. It keeps with the increase and fall of state states and kingdoms sooner than the coming of Europeans, Ghana, the Kingdoms of the woodland and Savanna, Yoruba, Oyo, Benin, Asante, Luba, Lunda, Lozil, and so on, directly to the start of the slave exchange, and the eu conquest and colonization of sub-Saharan Africa, the "Scramble for Africa." ultimately relocating onto the customarily sour struggles for independence from that interval of colonization and exploitation, it concludes with an review of Africa within the twenty first century.
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The chief prosecutor called for the death penalty for Mandela. Many across the world supported the message underlying Mandela and MK’s campaign of sabotage - namely that the regime of apartheid in South Africa was wrong and needed to be reformed. Supporters included such influential bodies including the United Nations, and the World Peace Council. They called for Mandela to be freed - and for South Africa to reform. These requests were ignored by the South African government however, and the trial continued.
After returning to South Africa, Mandela realised that - from a military point of view - the ANC was weak, and therefore continued violence was unlikely to achieve anything positive. He therefore agreed to a ceasefire. Despite many people within the MK and the ANC criticising him for this, he was soon afterwards elected the organisation’s president. In this role he continued striving for equality in South Africa. Although Mandela had initially agreed to a ceasefire and a cessation of violent attacks, the ANC continued (and in some cases increased) their protests.
Although South Africa had always been a hotbed of inequality, things got significantly worse when in 1948 the severely racialist National Party came into power (after an election in which only whites were allowed to vote). They introduced new apartheid legislation which - rightly - angered the ANC. Because of this, Mandela and his executive colleagues from the ANC advocated more direct protest action, such as boycotts and strikes. The ANC In 1950, after a number of years with the ANC, Mandela was elected as the president of the youth movement.
A Short History of Africa: From the Origins of the Human Race to the Arab Spring by Gordon Kerr