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Traditional accounts of the making of the modern world afford a place of primacy to European history. Some credit the fifteenth-century Age of Discovery and the maritime connection it established between West and East; others the accidental unearthing of the "New World." Still others point to the development of the scientific method, or the spread of Judeo-Christian beliefs; and so on, ad infinitum. The history of Africa, by contrast, has long been relegated to the remote outskirts of our global story. What if, instead, we put Africa and Africans at the very center of our thinking about the origins of modernity?

In a sweeping narrative spanning more than six centuries, Howard W. French does just that, for Born in Blackness vitally reframes the story of medieval and emerging Africa, demonstrating how the economic ascendancy of Europe, the anchoring of democracy in the West, and the fulfillment of so-called Enlightenment ideals all grew out of Europe's dehumanizing engagement with the "dark" continent. In fact, French reveals, the first impetus for the Age of Discovery was not—as we are so often told, even today—Europe's yearning for ties with Asia, but rather its centuries-old desire to forge a trade in gold with legendarily rich Black societies sequestered away in the heart of West Africa.

©2021 Howard W. French (P)2022 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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A detailed and very important history.

Mr. French has written a needed and excellent book, he is a good story teller and keeps the story interesting.

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A Profound Treatise on the Modernity

French has laid out a case for the revision of the threadbare lies that passed for world history in yesteryear. It will be great to see the fruit bear from this tree of knowledge.

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This is truly an excellent read! French puts in perspective the bridges of history that is omitted by European and American scholars.
I’m impressed by the ethos, and visuals images that Mr. French uses to inform the reader.
Thank you Mr. French for a outstanding book, and for the time you dedicate to bringing it to fruition.

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maybe its the way i listen

some good factual narrative.
but i listen to the book on my commute.
maybe if i sat with a map in front of me it would have been a better experience.
i found it hard to follow because they keep naming places where events are occurring and i was unable to link the event place to the previous or next happening some place else.
i hope your experience will be better.