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Encyclopedia of African peoples
Diagram Group.
Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, 2000.
Physical Description:
400 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
The peoples of Africa -- Culture and history -- Nations -- Biographies.
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An Impressive Scope Matched by In-depth Coverage
With a lively two-color design and a text peppered with features

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

A repackaging of Facts On File's six-volume Peoples of Africa, which we reviewed in our August 1997 issue. Some information has been updated.

Library Journal Review

This handy resource is divided into four major sections: "Peoples of Africa," "Culture and History," "Nations," and "Biographies." "Peoples of Africa" covers more than 1000 peoples while describing 200 major ethnic groups such as the Hausa, Maasai, and Zulu in greater detail. The "Culture and History" section features the pictorial histories, ethnic distributions, and chronologies of North Africa, East Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, and Southern Africa. "Nations" covers countries from Algeria to Zimbabwe, which are described in terms of population, geography, economy, and recent historical events. More than 300 noted Africans from antiquity (Hannibal) to the present (Nelson Mandela) are included in the "Biographies" section, whose entries may be too cursory for some readers. The beautifully rendered two-color illustrations depict people, material culture, and historical events; maps and charts are included. The nine-page glossary is adequate. Collections holding the volumes on Africa and the Middle East in Macmillan's ten-volume Encyclopedia of the World Cultures will appreciate how readable and compact this work is. Recommended for public libraries, high school libraries, and undergraduate collections. (Index not seen.)--Elizabeth Connor, Medical Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Charleston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Exquisitely illustrated, this reference work is arranged in five sections: "Africa Today," "Peoples of Africa," "Culture and History," "Nations," and "Biographies." Thousands of ethnic groups are covered, the larger ones described in terms of their history, language, ways of life, social structure, culture, and religion. Each features a time line. Smaller groups have more concise entries. "Culture and History" includes time lines for the five regions and a chronology of colonial occupation and independence. Entries on cultural and historical topics (e.g., Jewish communities, hairstyles) are approximately one page in length. "Nations" covers all 53 countries of Africa, providing demographic statistics, recent historical facts, geographical and economic information, and basic information such as currencies, national anthems, and flags. The biographical section gives brief entries for some 300 notable Africans, with many illustrations. It is unfortunate that this excellent encyclopedia lacks bibliographies, although it has a glossary and an index. Recommended for general readers and undergraduates. C. S. McGowan; Fairfield University



An Impressive Scope Matched by In-depth Coverage With a lively two-color design and a text peppered with features, tables, and chronologies, the strong anthropological focus of Encyclopedia of African Peoples is trained on more than 1,000 ethnic groups from all of Africa. Derived from our acclaimed Peoples of Africa set, entries discuss each major group's history, language, social structure, religion, and cultural traditions. The book's second section provides capsule information on Africa's regions and nations, helping readers understand each ethnic group in the context of its environment--the land, climate, vegetation, and wildlife--and the culture and history it shares with its neighbors. More than 300 thumbnail biographies of the men and women who have shaped the course of African history--from Sunni Ali to Nelson Mandela--are given in a separate section. Easy Access to Information High school students, undergraduates, and general readers will find what they need quickly and easily. The volume's sections are fully cross-referenced and a comprehensive index points users in the right direction. Ethnic Profiles A succinct overview of more than 1,000 current ethnic groups-and nearly 200 lengthy entries on the most prominent groups-offers readers extensive information on a people's history, language, ways of life, social and political structures, culture, and religion. Among the ethnic groups discussed in depth are: •Asante •Kongo •Swahili •Bembe •Luba •Tonga •Copts •Maasai •Venda •Dinka •Nuba •Yoruba •Falasha •Ovambo •Zulu. •Hutu and Tutsi Regional and National Profiles A concise overview of the five regions of Africa and the nations found within each are profiled. This section provides a glimpse into regional history, and each nation's entry details: •Land •Culture and religion •Currency •Economy •Climate •Social facts •Languages •Population •Government •Historical chronology. Biographies More than 300 biographies are provided, including: •Chinua Achebe •Nelson Mandela •Steve Biko •Mansa Musa •Cleopatra VII •Youssou N'Dour •F. W. de Klerk •Muammar al Qaddafi •Mehmed Emin Pasha •Shaka •Bessie Head •Wangari Maathi. •Desmond Tutu Excerpted from Encyclopedia of African Peoples by Diagram Group All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Africa Todayp. 8
Regions of Africap. 18
Section 1 The Peoples of Africap. 19
Section 2 Culture and Historyp. 223
Pictorial History of North Africap. 224
Distribution of Northern Peoplesp. 226
Pictorial History of East Africap. 228
Distribution of Eastern Peoplesp. 230
Pictorial History of West Africap. 232
Distribution of Western Peoplesp. 234
Pictorial History of Central Africap. 236
Distribution of Central Peoplesp. 238
Pictorial History of Southern Africap. 240
Distribution of Southern Peoplesp. 242
Chronology of North Africap. 244
Chronology of East Africap. 246
Chronology of West Africap. 249
Chronology of Central Africap. 252
Chronology of Southern Africap. 254
Chronology - Colonial Occupation and Independencep. 258
Historyp. 260
Culturep. 278
Section 3 Nationsp. 297
Section 4 Biographiesp. 351
Glossary and Indexp. 383