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Course Lecture Titles1. Finding the "Lost Continent" 2. Africa's Many Natural Environments 3. A Virtual Tour of the Great Land 4. The Cradle of Humankind 5. Crops, Cattle, Iron-Taming a Continent 6. Kinship and Community-Societies Take Shape 7. Like Nothing Else-The Ancient Nile Valley 8. Soul and Spirit-Religion in Africa 9. Ethiopia-Outpost of Christianity 10. West AfricCourse Lecture Titles1. Finding the "Lost Continent" 2. Africa's Many Natural Environments 3. A Virtual Tour of the Great Land 4. The Cradle of Humankind 5. Crops, Cattle, Iron-Taming a Continent 6. Kinship and Community-Societies Take Shape 7. Like Nothing Else-The Ancient Nile Valley 8. Soul and Spirit-Religion in Africa 9. Ethiopia-Outpost of Christianity 10. West Africa's "Golden Age" 11. The Swahili Commercial World 12. Great Zimbabwe and the Cities of the South 13. The Atlantic Slave Trade-The Scope 14. The Atlantic Slave Trade-The Impact 15. South Africa-The Dutch Cape Colony 16. South Africa-The Zulu Kingdom 17. South Africa-The Frontier and Unification 18. South Africa-Diamonds and Gold 19. Prelude to the "Scramble for Africa" 20. European Conquest and African Resistance 21. Colonial Africa-New Realities 22. Colonial Africa-Comparisons and Change 23. The Lion Awakens-The Rise of Nationalism 24. The Peaceful Paths to Independence 25. The Congo-Promise and Pain 26. Segregation to Apartheid in South Africa 27. The Armed Struggles for Independence 28. The First Taste of Freedom 29. The Taste Turns Sour 30. The World Turns Down-The "Permanent Crisis" 31. A New Dawn? The Democratic Revival 32. The South African Miracle 33. The Unthinkable-The Rwanda Genocide 34. The New Plague-HIV/AIDS in Africa 35. Zimbabwe-Background to Contemporary Crisis 36. Africa Found...

Title : African Experience: From "Lucy" to Mandela (The Great Courses)
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African Experience: From "Lucy" to Mandela (The Great Courses) Reviews

  • David L. Dallaire
    2018-12-01 03:03

    OK, I confess I grabbed this off the shelf somewhat impulsively thinking it was a good long history book on a topic I've not spent much time on and was perfect for a lot of driving I had to do on an East Coast business trip. Turns out I grabbed a 36 lecture college course...which was AMAZING. I'm going to pick up more of these. At some point, the course intersected with my own training in Soviet Studies and US Foreign policy especially during the post-colonial era, but there were so many other things to learn I'm motivated to go deeper too...If you like history, then this is worth the time, especially as a way to pass time in the car to absorb it with fewer distractions.

  • Stacie
    2018-11-24 07:16

    Well laid out and delivered. The Professor clearly loves his subject country, and its peoples, and communicates that without shying away from the unpleasant aspects. This was a good introduction to a subject that I knew very little about, less in fact than I thought I did!

  • Andrea
    2018-12-08 05:22

    This was a great overview of the history of Sub-Saharan Africa. He left me wanting to learn even more about this fascinating land that most of the world knows too little about.

  • Juan Rivera
    2018-12-16 05:08

    I like to have some culture to have learned from life in several countries of the world. But I confess: I know nothing of Africa and I have read very little.To remedy this I bought the course "The African Experience: From 'Lucy' to Mandela" written by The Great Courses narrated by Professor Kenneth P. Vickery. Excellent the book and opened my eyes on many things:- Africa is a huge continent, with great diversity in climate, fauna and flora. However it is not very suitable for agriculture, only 3% of the continent has quality land, it is surprising how the human being can live there.- The slave trade was something that marked the life of the continent. Probably for every million people sent, four died. Imagine the size of the problem.- Each country has a different history, in general there are problems and opportunities, you can not mention Africa as a whole, but a set of totally different countries.- Africa has long been seen by Westerners as a place to exploit, material resources and people. This little has changed.- The problem of AIDS is a pandemic, in some countries the level of infection is 30% ... incredible.- Angola is one of the countries with a very violent recent history. When my friend Philip Reese comments on situations of his life over there, I feel the crudeness of his moments of life, the desperation lived in all its heyday.- When in the 60s of the last century many countries became very independent, a new Africa emerged, but soon after corruption turned it into a failed continent. There are opportunities today. It is better to be optimistic than pessimistic.- In some countries the massacres (the Congo when it was dominated by War, Rwanda, etc.) were much worse than that of the Jews. A real tragedy.As the book ends by saying, if you've ever thought about knowing Africa, do not stop doing it, there is much to learn. I hope I can do it one day.

  • Brynn Cook
    2018-12-10 10:06

    I found it very challenging to glean information from this lecture series. Vickery talks in endless platitudes that obscure rather than clarify his topic. Vickery's dithering tone and a weighted focus on the personal histories of famous western immigrants to Africa rather than on famous native Africans made listening to these lectures downright irritating.

  • Kari Whitesell
    2018-11-17 03:57

    This is a very thorough review of African history. It takes you through the history of the people, and the land before borders were formed by the Europeans who took over during the early 1900's. It covers events surrounding the "Scramble for Africa," when many European leaders wanted the resources there, and they wanted the natives to perform the hard labor to get it for them. It also covers the difficult subjects of slave trade, the Rwanda genocide of 1994 and the effects of HIV/AIDS.This professor has a deep love of southern Africa, and has devoted decades of his life studying and living there. He respectfully covers hard subject matter in an interesting way. I listened to these lectures in the car. I have always had an interest in the continent, and I now have a greater understanding of its history and current events. I highly recommend this course.

  • Phan
    2018-11-23 09:18

    True to the title, Professor Vickery delivers a great deal of organized infomation and personal experience about Africa exclude North African countries. I went through 18 hours of audio lectures and thought to myself that this would somehow suffice to build mental picture about what was being said. I was dead wrong while reading the accompanied PDF file which has difficult names written, timelines, glossary and map illustrations. The origin of human, geographical conditions of Africa are briefly described in the beginning, followed by the main beefy content of history BC to present day and possible future projections. If i happen to be able to point where each country is on the map, it is because of the melange of knowledge about famous natural sceneries, the scope of human and culture diversity, the rise and fall of many kingdoms, (de)colonization, hope for the future got from this work. On the scale of 0 to infinity, this reading helps me get from 0 to 1. Highly valuable.

  • Jim
    2018-12-16 05:01

    It took me a little longer to get through these audio lectures, for no other reason than I wanted to soak-up as much about Africa's history as I could...background for an upcoming trip to Kenya and Tanzania.Firstly, this is a survey course, covering the history of a continent in just 36 lectures...let's be clear here, it can only scratch the surface. Secondly, the lectures require (for those folks who aren't completely familiar with Africa in general... like me) extra effort, using both the course outline and extensive use of Google Earth and the internet to understand the vastness of the subject. Some lectures took me hours to get through. Lastly, I enjoyed the comments of Dr Vickery and his obvious affection for Africa and the people who live there.I recommend this course for people who want a general background for Africa...catch it on sale.

  • Tom
    2018-12-05 08:13

    Careful and exact in its opinions and assertions, Vickery's course work is solid and useful to both the veteran scholar and the neophyte. Not always the most energetic or dynamic of authors, Vickery's is still a fine professor with much to teach anyone who wants to appreciate the scope of African culture and history. Not lots of great writing but excellent information reasonably (and generally fairly) presented. Worthwhile.

  • Grant
    2018-11-25 09:04

    Vicekry provides a solid introduction to the broad outlines of African history, emphasizing the diversity of the continent's geography and peoples, and therefore the wide varieties of its historical experiences.

  • R. August
    2018-12-06 03:59

    A good overview and introduction to the history of the continent. At times a little too fluid, as I found myself at some point in history without quite understanding how I got there exactly, but given the scope of the subject matter this can be forgiven.

  • Nate
    2018-11-21 04:15

    Good overview of many of the historical complexities of Africa. Kind of like an 18-hour-long Wikipedia entry.

  • Sean Crowley
    2018-12-12 06:18

    Fascinating and Objective.

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  • Christen Gates
    2018-12-05 04:59

    Wish I would have learned this stuff in grad school or high school. It explains a lot about world history.