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Finding Soul, from Silicon Valley to Africa

Summary

Finding Soul, from Silicon Valley to Africa is a travel memoir, spiritual journey, and self-help book all in one. In 2017, Kurt Davis traveled to Africa and volunteered at many business accelerators and humanitarian nonprofits. Finding Soul, from Silicon Valley to Africa gives listeners a detailed description of not only what Africa is like, but also how the experiences changed and inspired him. Each chapter comes across like a vignette while developing the key themes in the book: experiencing deep empathy for others, releasing ego and identity, and discovering a deeper meaning for life. There are other moments that emerge throughout, such as understanding the roots of racism, the power of entrepreneurship as a tool for development, and learning how to enjoy a journey without a plan. Finding Soul, from Silicon Valley to Africa is for anyone who is a traveler looking for a few tips about Africa, a student wanting to learn more about the continent, an entrepreneur or businessman/woman interested in Africa’s potential, or just a curious person wanting to learn about a personal development story.

©2021 Kurt Davis (P)2021 Morgan James Publishing

Narrator: Kurt Davis
Author: Kurt Davis
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
Available on Audible
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East African Odyssey

Summary

In East Africa on the eve of independence three cultures - African, Asian and European - vie for control of the emerging countries. A group of young American teachers arrive, full of idealism and a sense of adventure. In this exotic atmosphere they find career satisfaction, lifelong friendships, romance, and heartache. They change Africa, but Africa changes them more.

©2013 Emilee Hines Cantieri (P)2013 Emilee Hines Cantieri

Narrator: Kate Johnson
Author: Emilee Hines
Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Greater than a Tourist: Faiyum Governorate Egypt

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Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater than a Tourist book is for you. Greater than a Tourist: Faiyum Governorate Egypt by Fouad Wagih gives you the inside scoop on Faiyum Governorate. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination. In this book, you will discover advice that will help you throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other smaller travel books. Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture. By the time you finish listening to this audiobook, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination. Inside this travel guidebook, you will find: Insider tips from a local Bonus tips: 50 Things to Know About Packing Light for Travel by best-selling author Manidipa Bhattacharyya Packing and planning list List of travel questions to ask yourself or others while traveling A place to write your travel bucket list Our story Traveling is a passion of the Greater than a Tourist series creator. Lisa studied abroad in college, and for their honeymoon, Lisa and her husband toured Europe. During her travels to Malta, an older man tried to give her some advice based on his own experience living on the island since he was a young boy. She was not sure if she should talk to the stranger, but was interested in his advice. When traveling to some places, she was wary to talk to locals because she was afraid that they weren’t being genuine. Through her travels, Lisa learned how much locals had to share with tourists. Lisa created the Greater than a Tourist book series to help connect people with locals. A topic that locals are very passionate about sharing.

©2019 CZYK Publishing (P)2020 CZYK Publishing

Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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Le Maroc

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Un guide culturel audio pour les curieux, les amateurs d'histoire et les voyageurs. Le parfait kit de découverte d'une région et de sa culture, à écouter depuis votre canapé, dans l'avion ou à l'hôtel ! Bercé par l'océan Atlantique, la mer Méditerranée et les dunes du Sahara, le Maroc a connu un passé riche de métissages qui en fait aujourd'hui un pays d'une incroyable diversité. Des plages au désert en passant par les sommets de l'Atlas, des ksour et kasbahs en pisé du sud à l'architecture coloniale du nord, le Maroc déploie d'infinis trésors. Que vous projetiez ou non de vous y rendre, nous vous proposons de partir à la rencontre de ce pays à l'histoire et à la culture si fascinantes. Ce livre audio contient : Un portrait économique et sociale du Maroc contemporain ;   Un panorama historique de la préhistoire à nos jours ;  Des focus nature et culture : le Sahara, la ville musulmane, la gastronomie ;  Les principaux lieux d'exception de Marrakech à Tanger en passant par les montagnes de l'Atlas ;  Des conseils pratiques : itinéraires, astuces, formalités. Sommaire :   Introduction Première partie : Le Maroc aujourd'hui ; Deuxième partie : Le Maroc dans l'histoire. La préhistoire ;  L'Antiquité : du VIIIe siècle av. J.-C. au VIIe siècle apr. J.-C. ;  Les grandes dynasties : du VIIIe au XVIIe siècle ;  Les Alaouites : entre Afrique et Europe ;  Le Maroc face à son destin. Troisième partie : La culture marocaine Le Sahara ;  L'eau et les jardins ;  Faune et flore en milieux arides ;  La ville musulmane ;  La mosquée ;  L'art arabo-andalou ;  La médersa Palais marocains ;  Les maisons traditionnelles ;  La cuisine marocaine ;  L'artisanat ;  Les fêtes de la vie ;  Les parures des femmes ;  Le Maroc en fêtes ;  La musique ;  Le judaïsme marocain ;  Quelques personnalités tombées amoureuses du Maroc. Quatrième partie : Un tour au Maroc Marrakech Le Haut Atlas ;  Le Grand Sud ;  Fès, Meknès et le Moyen Atlas ;  Volubilis et le parc national d'Ifrane ;  Le Rif et la côte méditerranéenne ;  Tanger, Tétouan et Chefchaouen ;  Rabat et Salé ;  Casablanca ;  Essaouira ;  Agadir et sa région ;  Le Sahara occidental. Cinquième partie : Nos conseils pour aller plus loin Quelques livres et films pour découvrir le Maroc ;  Conseils pratiques pour préparer votre voyage ;  Itinéraire d’une semaine de Rabat à Marrakech ;  Itinéraire de 11 jours au départ de Marrakech ;  Itinéraire de 21 jours au départ de Casablanca. Cet enregistrement n'est pas un audio-guide. Il reprend l'essentiel des pages documentaires du Guide Bleu Maroc ainsi qu'une partie des informations pratiques générales (hors conseils d'adresses, horaires, tarifs).

©2020 Guides Bleus - Hachette Tourisme (P)2020 Audiolib

Narrator: Lila Tamazit
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
Available on Audible
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Confessions of an African Safari Guide: Truths, Tales and Taboos of the Safari Life

Summary

So, who is the jeep-jockey in the khaki uniform and the sweat-stained hat, this person you entrust your life to when you venture into the African wilderness? What’s his back-story, why is he even in this bush-guiding gig, really...and what does he think of you? What secrets does he keep, what chances does he take and what lies does he tell? And which colleagues and clients does he remember? And why? Lloyd Camp wrote about how thrilling and addictive African wildlife safaris are in his first book, Africa Bites. In Confessions of an African Safari Guide, Lloyd’s thoughtful stories continue to intrigue, provoke, and amuse. The enthralling and often bizarre world of safari guiding continually delivers evocative theatre; now, Lloyd reveals some of the truths and tricks that ensure a dazzling safari experience, while also underscoring the fervour, foibles and frailties of safari guides. His stories interrogate the actions of the people he has worked with, laugh at some fondly held safari legends told as inviolate truths, and question many of the casual life assumptions of the safari guests in his care. Lloyd is not afraid to lampoon himself...or to poke fun at anyone else! This is a refreshingly forthright view - edgy, heart-warming, personal, pointed, often hilarious, sometimes dark - of the strange and compelling people, ludicrous predicaments, and harsh realities that he has encountered on his journeys through the African wilderness. And if you think you recognise yourself in this audiobook, you’re right!

©2020 Lloyd Temple Camp (P)2020 Lloyd Temple Camp

Narrator: Lloyd Camp
Author: Lloyd Camp
Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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Eat Like a Local: Cape Town

Summary

Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want an edible experience? Would you like some culinary guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Eat Like a Local audiobook is for you. Eat Like a Local: Cape Town by author Natasha van der Schyff offers the inside scoop on food in the wonderful city of Cape Town. Culinary tourism is an import aspect of any travel experience. Food has the ability to tell you a story of a destination, its landscapes, and culture on a single plate. Most food guides tell you how to eat like a tourist.  Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Eat Like a Local series, this audiobook will give you a food guide from someone who has lived at your next culinary destination. In these sections, you will discover advice on having a unique edible experience. This audiobook will not tell you exact addresses or hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge of food and drinks from a local that you may not find in other travel food guides. Eat like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the food, people, and culture. By the time you finish this audiobook, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next culinary destination.

©2019 CZYK Publishing (P)2020 CZYK Publishing

Narrator: James Ingram
Length: 56 mins
Available on Audible
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Where I (Already) Am

Summary

We traveled for six months through the warm heart of Africa. Backpacks, pick-up trucks, dusty roads, and more smiles than I knew existed.  But for the first few months, I was pretty sure the entire continent was out to get me.   Sure, there were swindlers and cheats, scam artists and robbers.   But those you have everywhere.   No, Malawi was truly the warm heart of Africa.   Their kindness brought my guard down. Their sincerity had me doubting my understanding of the world. Their love taught me new ways to see people.   This is one story of a single afternoon on a single day where the lives of two strangers meet.   We do have a choice as to how that encounter transpires. We might slightly alter the trajectory of someone’s future by what we say, how we react, what we do.   Sometimes, they alter yours.

©2019 Bradley Charbonneau (P)2019 Bradley Charbonneau

Length: 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Greater Than a Tourist - South Africa

Summary

Are you excited about planning your next trip?  Do you want to try something new?  Would you like some guidance from a local?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater Than a Tourist book is for you.  Greater Than a Tourist - South Africa: 300 Travel Tips from Locals gives you the inside scoop on South Africa. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel tips from people who have lived at your next travel destination. In this audiobook, you will discover advice that will help you throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other small travel books.  Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your destination.  Inside this travel guide book you will find: Insider tips from locals  Bonus tips: “50 Things to Know About Packing Light for Travel” by best-selling author Manidipa Bhattacharyya  A packing and planning list  A list of travel questions to ask yourself or others while traveling

©2019 CZYK Publishing (P)2019 CZYK Publishing

Narrator: Sangita Chauhan
Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
Available on Audible
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Homesick for Kenya

Summary

In 1987, Tob Cohen relocated with his college sweetheart-turned-wife from Netherlands to Nairobi, Kenya, as director of Philips East Africa. Ultimately, in accordance with an unwritten rule of the Catholic company, he was recalled due to his divorce. However, Cohen's heart remained in Kenya, and he decided to return - Nairobi had become his home.  This is the story of a Dutch national who lived in Africa because he preferred the unknown over the security of a successful career at Philips Electronics, one of the largest global companies in the world. By believing in himself, Cohen was able to make a fresh start and launch his own company.  The Kikuyu didn't call him "Simba" for nothing. He married a Kikuyu woman and got to know the traditions of the country. However, his success and his combative and confrontational attitude did not leave him without enemies. In fact, he writes candidly about the issues with his enemies in this memoir. Cohen describes his professional and personal life filled with trials and tribulations in Homesick for Kenya: An Expat's Memoir.

©2020 seasidepress.org (P)2020 seasidepress.org

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Author: Tob Cohen
Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
Available on Audible
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Greater Than a Tourist: Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Summary

Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater Than a Tourist guide is for you. Greater Than a Tourist: Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa by Natasha van der Schyff offers the inside scoop on Pretoria. Most travel guides tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this guide will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination. You will discover advice that will help you throughout your stay. This guide will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other guides. Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this guide, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.

©2018 CZYK Publishing (P)2018 CZYK Publishing

Available on Audible
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Greater Than a Tourist: Swakopmund, Namibia, Africa

Summary

Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this Greater Than a Tourist book is for you.  Greater Than a Tourist: Swakopmund, Namibia, Africa by Idonette Blignaut offers the inside scoop on Swakopmund. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination.  You will discover advice that will help you throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other travel books.  Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.

©2018 CZYK Publishing (P)2018 CZYK Publishing

Narrator: Stephen Floyd
Length: 45 mins
Available on Audible
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With Open Arms

Summary

When Matthew had to renew his European visa, his point of exit was obvious: he was going to Morocco. Memories of his previous trip filled him with anxiety. What was he thinking? After everything that had happened, did he really want to go back? Scams. Altercations. Mishaps. But also humor and beauty. His curiosity overcoming his fears, his second trip would prove as unforgettable as the first. "My reflexes belatedly kicking in, I couldn't help but flinch. The children cheered, relishing having reduced me to their plaything." "Our little spectacle having brought the night market to a standstill, we were now surrounded by about 50 men. I was living the chaotic mob scene from so many movies, and it was every bit as nightmarish as it had always looked on-screen." "As I was about to let out a desperate cry that would require no translation, the giant finished...leaving me flinching on the floor like a bug that's been smashed but isn't quite dead." "Amidst astonishingly beautiful, unsullied waves of sand, a lone figure squatted, holding a roll of toilet paper. It was a peculiar, paradoxical sight."   An Amazon.com best-selling collection of travel writing as entertaining for the armchair traveler as indispensable for anyone interested in adventure in North Africa.

©2015 Matthew Félix (P)2018 Matthew Félix

Narrator: Matthew Félix
Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
Available on Audible
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Greater Than a Tourist: Nakuru Kenya

Summary

Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater Than a Tourist audiobook is for you. Greater Than a Tourist: Nakuru, Kenya by Weldon Ngetich is a handy tool belt for any traveler. It provides listeners with important details of Nakuru, Kenya, a tourist destination from a local’s perspective, and it awakens their senses to the wildness of Africa safari that awaits them. Most travel audiobooks tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this audiobook will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination. You will discover advice that will help you throughout your stay. This audiobook will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other smaller travel audiobooks. Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this audiobook, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.

©2019 CZYK Publishing (P)2019 CZYK Publishing

Narrator: William Kenny
Length: 56 mins
Available on Audible
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Greater Than a Tourist: Livingstone, Zambia, Africa

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Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater Than a Tourist travel guide is for you. Greater Than a Tourist: Livingstone, Zambia, Africa by Lillian M. Simwanza offers the inside scoop on Livingstone City, in Zambia, Africa. Most travel guides tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this guide will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination. You will discover advice that will help you throughout your stay. This guide will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other travel guides. Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this guide, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination. 

©2017 CZYK Publishing LLC (P)2018 CZYK Publishing LLC

Narrator: Jared James
Length: 44 mins
Available on Audible
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Morocco: Essential Travel Tips

Summary

In this Sam's Travel Guide on Morocco, you will find all the information you need to know:   Things you must know about Morocco Best places to visit in Morocco Famous architectural wonders to visit in Morocco Best beaches in Morocco Souvenirs you must buy in Morocco Most popular night destinations in Morocco Best restaurants in Morocco Most luxurious hotels in Morocco Local dishes you must try in Morocco Things to avoid in Morocco When you download Morocco: Essential Travel Tips - All You Need to Know, you will be well-prepared to visit the country of your dreams! Buy this audiobook today! Would you like to start today? If you do, just scroll up and hit the "Buy Now" button. Enjoy Sam's Travel Guides!

©2019 Sam's Travel Guide (P)2019 Sam's Travel Guide

Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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King Leopold's Ghost

39 ratings

Summary

In the late 1890s, Edmund Dene Morel, a young British shipping company agent, noticed something strange about the cargoes of his company's ships as they arrived from and departed for the Congo, Leopold II's vast new African colony. Incoming ships were crammed with valuable ivory and rubber. Outbound ships carried little more than soldiers and firearms. Correctly concluding that only slave labor on a vast scale could account for these cargoes, Morel resigned from his company and almost singlehandedly made Leopold's slave-labor regime the premier human rights story in the world. Thousands of people packed hundreds of meetings throughout the United States and Europe to learn about Congo atrocities. Two courageous black Americans - George Washington Williams and William Sheppard - risked much to bring evidence to the outside world. Roger Casement, later hanged by Britain as a traitor, conducted an eye-opening investigation of the Congo River stations. Sailing into the middle of the story was a young steamboat officer named Joseph Conrad. And looming over all was Leopold II, King of the Belgians, sole owner of the only private colony in the world.

©1998 Adam Hochschild (P)2010 Random House

Narrator: Geoffrey Howard
Category: History, Africa
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
Available on Audible
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Great Zimbabwe

Summary

The modern history of Africa was, until very recently, written on behalf of the indigenous races by the white man, who had forcefully entered the continent during a particularly hubristic and dynamic phase of European history. In 1884, Prince Otto von Bismark, the German chancellor, brought the plenipotentiaries of all major powers of Europe together, to deal with Africa's colonization in such a manner as to avoid provocation of war. This event - known as the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885 - galvanized a phenomenon that came to be known as the Scramble for Africa. The conference established two fundamental rules for European seizure of Africa. The first of these was that no recognition of annexation would granted without evidence of a practical occupation, and the second, that a practical occupation would be deemed unlawful without a formal appeal for protection made on behalf of a territory by its leader, a plea that must be committed to paper in the form of a legal treaty. In the meantime, in 1867, as Europe was awakening to the potential of Africa, a German-American hunter and explorer by the name of Adam Render happened to stumble upon an extensive complex of stone-built ruins on Mashonaland's central plateau that proved, upon brief examination, to be the surviving remnants of some great and ancient civilization. This immediately struck Render as improbable, and the following season, he guided Karl Mauch, the respected German explorer and geographer, to the site. Mauch, too, was astonished at the spectacle. Although half-buried under rubble and thoroughly overgrown, it was quite clear that there lay an archeological discovery of major significance.

©2017 Charles River Editors (P)2017 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Bill Hare
Category: History, Africa
Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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Never Subdued II: Radical Islam

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From the award winning author of Never Subdued, Never Subdued II is an eye-opening look at the rise of Islam from unique religious and historical perspectives. It is an action packed true story with heroes and villains, keeping the listener in suspense.  Never Subdued II tells how our founding fathers dealt with extortion on the high seas with virtually no assets at their disposal. Yet the founding fathers were dealing with fanatic fundamentalists with the same beliefs and attitudes as those causing acts of terror around the world today. Hook doesn't spare fundamentalists of other religions either, with mentioned reviews of historical acts of terror from fanatics of three of the major religions.  Included are Franklin Hook's 10 Commandments of Muslim Diplomacy, which present the listener with suggestions of how to handle the most urgent problems of the world and gives us hope for the future.

©2015 William Franklin Hook (P)2016 William Franklin Hook

Category: History, Africa
Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
Available on Audible
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The Garden of Mars

2 ratings

Summary

A journey - both historical and contemporary - among the fantastical landscapes, beguiling creatures and isolated tribes of the world's fourth island: Madagascar. An improbable world beckons. We think we know Madagascar, but it's too big, too eccentric and too impenetrable to be truly understood. If it was stretched out across Europe, the islands would reach from London to Algiers, and yet its road network is barely bigger than tiny Jamaica's. There is no evidence of any human life until about 10,000 years ago, and, when eventually people settled, it was migrants from Borneo - 3,700 miles away - who came out on top. As well as visiting every corner of Madagascar, John Gimlette journeys deep into its past in order to better understand how Madagascar became what it is today. Along the way, he meets politicians, sorcerers, gem prospectors, militiamen, rioters, lepers and the descendants of 17th-century pirates.

©2021 John Gimlette (P)2020 Head of Zeus Ltd

Narrator: Mark Elstob
Category: History, Africa
Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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The Negro in Ancient History

Summary

Edward Wilmot Blyden (1832-1912) was a diplomat, educator, writer and politician. Born in the West Indies, he migrated to Liberia in 1851. Blyden’s writings on pan-Africanism were influential in Liberia and Sierra Leone, the two countries founded in the time of slavery for the resettlement of free blacks from the United Kingdom and the United States. Blyden believed that Zionism was a model for what he termed Ethiopianism, and that African-Americans could return to Africa and redeem it.  In 1869, Blyden published The Negro in Ancient History, a work of 25 pages with the aim of "opening the eyes of black people to see their true mission and destiny, to escape from the house of bondage to their ancestral home, and assist in building a Christian African empire."

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Category: History, Africa
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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The Jews of Africa

Summary

Sidney Mendelssohn (-1917) was a diamond merchant in South Africa who retired in England to devote his leisure to public work, the collection of his library of works on South Africa and the compilation of his famed bibliography based on that collection.  In his 1920 book The Jews of Africa, Mendelssohn attempts to chart the separate and progressive histories of the Jews in the different parts of Africa where they lived since their expulsion from the land by the Romans. He succeeds in compiling a narrative of a large part of the histories of the Jews of Africa during the centuries following the Romans’ destruction of Jerusalem.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Category: History, Africa
Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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Mau Mau Rebellion

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Discover the remarkable history of the Mau Mau Rebellion.... The Mau Mau Rebellion took place in Kenya, beginning in 1952. A group of native Kenyan peoples, mostly from the Kikuyu tribe, rose up against their British colonizers, who had held the region since 1895. With a complicated story, it can be difficult to place the Mau Mau Uprising within the larger history of Kenyan nationalism and nationhood. Regardless of nuance, though, its importance in the history of Kenya, Africa, and British colonialism cannot be understated. This is the complete history of the Mau Mau Rebellion. Discover a plethora of topics, such as: Background and Causes The Desire for Freedom The British Respond: Operation Anvil Brutality and War Crimes The End of the Rebellion Legacy And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on the Mau Mau Rebellion, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Africa
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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History of the Black Man

Summary

The Reverend Joseph Julius Jackson was an African American preacher who published The History of the Black Man in 1921, a book which covers the history of the African people from Ethiopia and Egypt. Rev. Jackson believed that a lack of historical knowledge by the Afro American community about their past and origins has undermined their pride, and that a better knowledge of the contribution of the black man to civilization would ameliorate the situation. The work examines the early influence of African civilization upon the ancient history of the world, and looks at the black kingdoms of Sudan, Ghana, Melle, Songhay, and others. The Moorish dynasty of Spain is discussed, but the major part of the work is devoted to the history of the American negro from 1619 to the early part of the 20th century.

Public Domain (P)2019 Museum Audiobooks

Category: History, Africa
Length: 56 mins
Available on Audible
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Art of the Ancient Black Hebrews

Summary

Art depicting Hebrews from the Old Testament times shows that they were black with Afro hair. Art from the New Testament, early and late medieval times shows that the Europeans knew the color of the ancient Hebrews. Know the truth!

©2014 Djehuti Herakhuti (P)2016 Djehuti Herakhuti

Narrator: Becky White
Category: History, Africa
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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The Man-Eaters of Tsavo, and Other East African Adventures

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During the construction of a railway line from Kenya to Uganda in 1898, the project was interrupted by two man-eating lions that targeted the workers - at the Tsavo River in Kenya where a bridge needed to be built. Over a period of about nine months, the lions killed scores of people at the site of the Tsavo River bridge. These lions were deliberately hunting humans, preferring them over any other prey. They seemed to have supernatural abilities in the way they evaded all attempts to stop them until Colonel J.H. Patterson, the chief engineer in charge of the project, finally managed to kill them.  The Man-Eaters of Tsavo tells the story of the events, in the first part of the book. Following the death of the lions, the book describes the bridge's completion despite additional challenges such as a flood, as well as many tales on local wildlife (including other lions) local tribes, and various hunting expeditions. The story of the man-eating lions has been adapted to film three times, the most recent being The Ghost and the Darkness in 1996.

Public Domain (P)2020 Woodkeep Audio

Narrator: Andrew Tarrant
Category: History, Africa
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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The Portuguese Empire and Africa

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By the mid-15th century, the Byzantine Empire had collapsed and the various Crusades that had taken place in the region had largely disrupted the overland routes of the Silk Road and trade. Compounding the difficulties of trade was the rise of the Ottoman Empire in place of the Byzantines and the outbreak of the Black Death in Europe. Around this time, a period of European exploration began, and major factors that contributed to this period of exploration were introduced by the Chinese, albeit indirectly. The magnetic compass had already been developed and used by the Chinese sailors, the Song Dynasty then began using the device for land navigation in the 11th century. The technology slowly spread west via Arab traders, although a case can be made for the independent European creation for the compass (Southey 1812: 210). Trade was able to increase around the world due to more effective ships being introduced, which were first introduced by the Chinese. The introduction of multiple mast ships and the sternpost rudders allowed the ships to travel quicker and be more maneuverable, with a minimum number of crew aboard. The Portuguese started exploring the west coast of Africa and the Atlantic under orders from Prince Henry the Navigator. At this point, Europeans had not yet been capable of navigating completely around Africa, but the Portuguese continued pushing down the western African coast looking for ways to bypass the Ottomans and Muslims of Africa who had been making overland trade routes difficult. In 1451, Prince Henry the Navigator helped fund and develop a new type of ship, the caravel, that featured triangular lateen sails and would be able to travel in the open ocean and sail against the wind. In 1488, Bartholomew Diaz rounded the southern tip of Africa, named the Cape of Good Hope by King John of Portugal, and entered the Indian Ocean from the Atlantic. When it became clear Christopher Columbus hadn’t landed in Asia, it was understood by everyone that this was not necessarily the route the Europeans were searching for, and the Portuguese continued to send explorers around the Cape of Good Hope in an attempt to reach the East Indies. After a two-year voyage, in 1499, Vasco da Gama had successfully reached India and returned to Portugal. They had found access to the trade regions that they had been searching for, but it would require too many resources to travel with at once; Portugal began establishing a number of forts and trading posts along the route and were able to establish a fort on the west coast of India, Fort Manuel, in 1500, and in 1505 a fort was erected off the coast of Tanzania, thus beginning a trend of European colonization in Africa and Asia that would last for the next 400 years.  This audiobook chronicles the early efforts by the Portuguese that helped initiate the Age of Exploration, and the ramifications the colonization had across the world.

©2019 Charles River Editors (P)2019 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Bill Hare
Category: History, Africa
Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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Africa: African History from Ancient Egypt to Modern South Africa

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What wove the African continent into the rich fabric of cultures and peoples that it is today? Where did ancient culture, trade, and civilization begin? How did the African people survive and thrive despite European colonization and apartheid? These are just some of the questions you’ll find answers to in Africa: African History from Ancient Egypt to Modern South Africa. Africa is a vast continent whose waters, fertile lands, minerals, and diverse wildlife nurtured humankind since ancient times until European colonization and exploitation caused immeasurable suffering and loss. To understand how Africa developed, thrived, suffered, and emerged into the rich tapestry of peoples that it is today, take a trip back to the ancient River Nile and the East African coast. Witness: The development of small settlements into three distinct cultures The Carthaginian Empire grow and flourish as an economic and commercial power The settlement of the Zimbabwe plateau and the construction of enormous stone cities The emergence of the Kingdom of Kongo and its expansion through peaceful trade and alliances The upheaval, atrocities, wars, and eventual stability created by European colonization The founding of the Congo Free State and the growth of forced labor to extract valuable resources from the land The decolonization of Africa and the return of territorial sovereignty and independence The forced racial segregation under apartheid and the birth of a new constitution that ended it The founding of the African Union to establish norms across the continent Start your study of the struggles and triumphs of the African people today with Africa: African History from Ancient Egypt to Modern South Africa.

©2017 Lean Stone Publishing (P)2017 Lean Stone Publishing

Narrator: Sam Bubis
Category: History, Africa
Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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When a Crocodile Eats the Sun

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After his father's heart attack in 1984, Peter Godwin began a series of pilgrimages back to Zimbabwe, the land of his birth, from Manhattan, where he now lives. On these frequent visits to check on his elderly parents, he bore witness to Zimbabwe's dramatic spiral downward into the jaws of violent chaos, presided over by an increasingly enraged dictator. And yet long after their comfortable lifestyle had been shattered and millions were fleeing, his parents refuse to leave, steadfast in their allegiance to the failed state that has been their adopted home for 50 years. Then Godwin discovered a shocking family secret that helped explain their loyalty. Africa was his father's sanctuary from another identity, another world.  When a Crocodile Eats the Sun is a stirring memoir of the disintegration of a family set against the collapse of a country. But it is also a vivid portrait of the profound strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of love.

©2006 Peter Godwin (P)2007 Recorded Books

Narrator: Peter Godwin
Author: Peter Godwin
Category: History, Africa
Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
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African Mythology

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If you're looking for a captivating collection of African myths, then pay attention... The continent of Africa is home to 54 countries that together harbor over 3,000 cultures, each with their own ways of life and each with their own stories. Some of these stories have their origins in the folk beliefs of people native to their particular region, while others were imported from or influenced by cultures from elsewhere who settled in Africa. A great number of African folktales have been transmitted orally from person to person down through the ages, but since the 19th century, many stories have been written down and transmitted to audiences beyond the boundaries of the cultures that created them. One important - and tragic - conduit for the transmission of these stories beyond African shores was the European slave trade. Captured Africans who were brought to the Americas and the Caribbean fought to keep alive what they could of their home cultures, and this included their folktale traditions. African folktales come in many different types. Some are myths explaining the origins of things, while others are tales of heroes with supernatural abilities. Animal stories are many and varied, and they usually involve some kind of trickster who uses his wiles to get out of sticky situations and sometimes into them. There are also cautionary tales explaining why it is important to behave well and treat others with respect, while other stories have a style and shape similar to that of a fairy tale. In African Mythology: Captivating Myths of Gods, Goddesses, and Legendary Creatures of Africa, you'll find the following African myths and topics covered Animal tricksters Hero tales Cautionary tales The Influence of Isla And much, much more! So if you want a captivating collection of African myths, buy this audiobook today!

©2019 Matt Clayton (P)2020 Matt Clayton

Narrator: Mike Reaves
Author: Matt Clayton
Category: History, Africa
Length: 3 hrs
Available on Audible
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Bible History of the Negro

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Reverend Richard A. Morrisey (born 1858) was an African-American biblical scholar, a Doctor of Divinity, and the pastor of a number of churches in the South and in Pennsylvania. In 1915, he published Bible History of the Negro, with the hope of inspiring a greater desire to read the Bible which he describes as giving "the Negro a place among the foremost races of the world, in wealth, in education, in honor and in religion, a history to which every member of the race may point with great pride and profound gratitude to Almighty God today”.  The book brings together all the references to black people in the Bible, covering, among others: Ham, son of Noah, Batsheba, Simon the Cyrenian, Nimrod, Melchizesek, Hagar, Ishmael, Rahab, and Candace, queen of Ethiopia.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Category: History, Africa
Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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Apartheid in South Africa: The History and Legacy of the Notorious Segregationist Policies in the 20th Century

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Although apartheid is typically dated from the late 1940s until its dismantling decades later, segregationist policies had been the norm in South Africa from nearly the moment European explorers sailed to the region and began settling there. Whether it was displacing and fighting indigenous groups like the Khoi and San, or fighting other whites like the Boer, separation between ethnicities was the norm in South Africa for centuries before the election of Malan signaled the true rise of the Afrikaner far right. The man most associated with dismantling apartheid, of course, is Nelson Mandela. With the official policy of apartheid instituted in 1948 by an all-white government, Mandela was tried for treason between the years of 1956-61 before being acquitted. He participated in the Defiance Campaign of 1952, and oversaw the 1955 Congress of the People, but when the African National Congress was banned in 1960, he proposed a military wing, despite his initial reluctance toward violent resistance, a reluctance which had its roots in original nonviolent protests through the South African Communist Party. The ANC did not openly discourage such an idea, and the Umkhonto we Sizwe was established. Mandela was again arrested in 1962 and tried for attempts to overthrow the government by violence. The sentence was five years of hard labor, but this was increased to a life sentence in 1964, a sentence handed down to seven of his closest colleagues as well. Mandela would eventually serve 27 years, but his statements made in court received enormous international coverage and acclaim, and his reputation grew during his time in Robben Island Prison of Capetown, the Pollsmoor and Victor Verster Prisons. He was ultimately released in February 1990, in large part as a result of the international campaign generated by his words and the current South African story. Shortly after that, he was elected as the first man of African descent to the presidency of South Africa, which he held from 1994–1999. Most significant was that Mandela was elected from the first multi-factional, multi-racial election ever held in the country, a result of extensive negotiations with then President F.W. Klerk. Apartheid in South Africa: The History and Legacy of the Notorious Segregationist Policies in the 20th Century looks at the controversial policies, the background behind them, and their influence on the country. Along with pictures and a bibliography, you will learn about apartheid in South Africa like never before.

©2019 Charles River Editors (P)2019 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Colin Fluxman
Category: History, Africa
Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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The Slave Ship

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For more than three centuries, slave ships carried millions of people from the coasts of Africa across the Atlantic to the New World. Much is known of the slave trade and the American plantation complex, but little of the ships that made it all possible. In The Slave Ship, award-winning historian Marcus Rediker draws on 30 years of research in maritime archives to create an unprecedented history of these vessels and the human drama acted out on their rolling decks. He reconstructs in chilling detail the lives, deaths, and terrors of captains, sailors, and the enslaved aboard a "floating dungeon" trailed by sharks. From the young African kidnapped from his village and sold to the slavers by a neighboring tribe, to the would-be priest who takes a job as a sailor on a slave ship only to be horrified by the evil he sees, to the captain who relishes having "a hell of my own", Rediker illuminates the lives of people who were thought to have left no trace. This is a tale of tragedy and terror, but also an epic of resilience, survival, and the creation of something entirely new, something that could only be called African American. Rediker restores the slave ship to its rightful place alongside the plantation as a formative institution of slavery, as a place where a profound and still haunting history of race, class, and modern capitalism was made.

©2007 Marcus Rediker (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

Narrator: David Drummond
Category: History, Africa
Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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African Mythology

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This book is dedicated to exploring the gods and goddesses that the people on the African continent worshiped, and within the pages, you will find more information about: Background facts about African culture, such as art, foods, and traditions The most amazing and controversial African myths The top 10 infamous mythical legends and folklore from the African continent An extensive list of African gods and goddesses The great story of "Hlakanyana the Cunning" The dramatic legend of Anansi, the spider, the trickster, and spirit of knowledge in African mythology Beautiful baby names derived from African mythology Crazy myths about African vampires  African mythology is intricate, complex, and the ideals behind some of their mythological beliefs were often intertwined with actual events. This book examines how both myth and fact contributed to the culture and traditions of the African people and how these influences and some stories continue to live on throughout the centuries.  Download to get started today!

©2018 Bernard Hayes (P)2018 Bernard Hayes

Narrator: Gareth Johnson
Category: History, Africa
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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The Challenge for Africa

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Nobel Laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement, Wangari Maathai has campaigned for environmental activism and democracy in Africa for more than three decades. In The Challenge for Africa, she delivers an insightful call to action, presenting a realistic look at the diverse problems facing Africans today. Taking a view far from the dependent Africa typically portrayed by Western media, Maathai lays bare the complex and multi-layered culture of the continent,offering optimistic yet feasible ways to improve the quality of life that literally start from the ground up. Maathai analyzes the major impediments to development at three key levels - international, national, and individual. By stressing personal responsibility, Maathai focuses on what Africans can do for themselves to empower individual change at the community level.

©2009 Wangari Muta Maathai (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Chinasa Ogbuagu
Category: History, Africa
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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Boer War

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This audiobook provides an introduction to one of the most intriguing wars of modern times - a war that saw several innovations, including the use of heliography and indirect fire, and caused the complete overhaul of the great Imperial British fighting machine in its aftermath. It also tells of the first example of the brilliant use of guerrilla warfare by the people who, to this day, have never been outclassed: the Boer commandos. However, the Boer War was also an intensely emotional journey cutting to the very core of the horror of war; leaving women and children in a deliberately destroyed landscape, watching their home and all their possessions burn to the ground. You will learn about the the causes of the war; the commando system; phase one; phase two; phase three; the concentration camps; a gentleman's war; and much more. This audiobook gives a broad overview so that the interested listener will be able to find a point of entry to study the war further. Perhaps studying and understanding this subject is the only way to ask the question: When is a war not a war?

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

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Category: History, Africa
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Thomas Jefferson: Patriot. Statesman. President. The Entire Life Story

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Thomas Jefferson was one of the men who helped to bring the United States into being, and he shepherded the country through some of the most dynamic political years in its history. It is possible that without his brilliance, the fledgling democracy, the first in the world since the end of Ancient Greece, may not have survived its first few trials by fire. Inside, you’ll listen about: Born to Privilege Marriage and Monticello Revolution and Nation Building Presidency Second Term Return to Private Life Legacy The Measure of a Man And much more! Jefferson was a scientist, fascinated by the development of new crops and scientific agricultural techniques. He was an architect who helped to promote the popularity of neo-classical and Neo-Palladian architectural forms. He was a prodigious writer, a linguist who mastered several languages, and a naturalist who studied birds, wine, natural bridges, and soil conditions. Thomas Jefferson improved many contemporary inventions, adapting them to his needs.

©2019 The History Hour (P)2019 The History Hour

Narrator: Jerry Beebe
Category: History, Africa
Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
Available on Audible
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The Travels of Reverend Olafur Egilsson

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In the summer of 1627, Barbary corsairs raided Iceland, killing dozens of people and abducting close to 400 to sell into slavery in Algiers. Among those taken was the Lutheran minister Reverend Olafur Egilsson. Reverend Olafur wrote The Travels to chronicle his experiences both as a captive and as a traveler across Europe (he journeyed alone from Algiers to Copenhagen in an attempt to raise funds to ransom the Icelandic captives who remained behind). He was a keen observer, and the narrative is filled with a wealth of detail - social, political, economic, religious - about both the Maghreb and Europe. It is also a moving story on the human level: we witness a man enduring great personal tragedy and struggling to reconcile such calamity with his understanding of God. The Travels is the first-ever English translation of the Icelandic text. Until now, the corsair raid on Iceland has remained largely unknown in the English-speaking world. "It is wonderful that finally two scholars have taken the initiative to translate into English this important text." (Kirsten Wolf, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

©2008 Karl Smari Hreinsson and Adam Nichols (P)2018 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Bruce Kramer
Category: History, Africa
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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The Jew a Negro

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Abernethy’s 1910 book The Jew a Negro has been analyzed by numerous modern authors studying race relations in earlier times in America. Arthur Talmage Abernethy, PH. D., (1872 –1956) was a professor, Methodist pastor in New York and North Carolina, and a Democratic candidate for congress in North Carolina. He was a gifted speaker and author a score of historical books, as well as being the youngest son of the founder of Rutherford College. He was elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science and became the poet laureate of North Carolina. For example, the 2006 Jewish Roots in Southern Soil: A New History notes: “One southern writer, the North Carolina minister Arthur T. Abernethy, published an entire book arguing that "the Jew of to-day is essentially Negro in habits, physical peculiarities and tendencies". In rare cases...Jews were...grouped with blacks." The 2006 book The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity states: “Published in 1910 by the North Carolina minister and professor Arthur T. Abernethy, The Jew a Negro argued that ancient Jews had thoroughly mixed with neighboring African peoples, leaving little significant difference between the Jewish and Negro types. As the Jews migrated to more temperate climes, their skin lightened and they became successful, but their essential racial similarity to blacks remained unaltered."

Public Domain (P)2019 BN Publishing

Narrator: Will Stauff
Category: History, Africa
Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
Available on Audible
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The Colonization of South Africa

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“The Boers were hostile toward indigenous African peoples, with whom they fought frequent range wars, and toward the government of the Cape, which was attempting to control Boer movements and commerce. They overtly compared their way of life to that of the Israel patriarchs of the Bible, developing independent patriarchal communities based upon a mobile pastoralist economy. Staunch Calvinists, they saw themselves as the children of God in the wilderness, a Christian elect divinely ordained to rule the land and the backward natives therein. By the end of the 18th century the cultural links between the Boers and their urban counterparts were diminishing, although both groups continued to speak a type of Flemish.” (Encyclopaedia Britannica) The Boer War was the defining conflict of South African history and one of the most important conflicts in the history of the British Empire. In fact, the European history of South Africa began with the 1652 arrival of a small Dutch flotilla in Table Bay, which made landfall with a view to establishing a victualing station to service passing Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) ships. The Dutch at that point largely dominated the East Indian Trade, and it was their establishment of the settlement of Kaapstad, or Cape Town, that set in motion the lengthy and often turbulent history of South Africa. For over a century, the Cape remained a Dutch East India Company settlement, and in the interests of limiting expenses, strict parameters were established to avoid the development of a colony. As religious intolerance in Europe drove a steady trickle of outward emigration, however, Dutch settlers began to informally expand beyond the Cape, settling the sparsely inhabited hinterland to the north and east of Cape Town. In their wake, towards the end of the 17th century, followed a wave of French Huguenot immigrants, fleeing a renewal of anti-Protestantism in Europe. They were integrated over the succeeding generations, creating a hybridized language and culture that emerged in due course as the Cape Dutch, The Afrikaner or the Boer. The Napoleonic Wars radically altered the old, established European power dynamics, and in 1795, the British, now emerging as the globe’s naval superpower, assumed control of the Cape as part of the spoils of war. The British established their presence at the Cape, which they held until the unification of South Africa in 1910. However, it would only come after several rounds of conflicts.  The Colonization of South Africa: The History and Legacy of the European Subjugation of South Africa looks at the controversial expeditions, fighting, and results...you will learn about the colonization of South Africa like never before.

©2019 Charles River Editors (P)2019 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Colin Fluxman
Category: History, Africa
Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
Available on Audible
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La sonrisa de Mandela [Mandela's Smile]

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Un retrato íntimo del hombre que inspiró al mundo, Nelson Mandela, por el autor del libro en el que se basó la película Invictus. Entre el 11 de febrero de 1990 y el 10 de mayo de 1994, Nelson Mandela pasó de ser el prisionero político más famoso del mundo a presidente de su país. Fueron cuatro años vertiginosos y fascinantes que dieron la talla humana y política de un líder excepcional. John Carlin, observador privilegiado de esa etapa, traza un emocionante retrato de Mandela en el que demuestra que se puede ser un gran político sin dejar de ser una gran persona, y que la reconciliación y la convivencia son no solo deseables sino posibles incluso en las circunstancias más difíciles. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2013 John Carlin (P)2016 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Author: John Carlin
Category: History, Africa
Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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Rough Crossings

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"The most dramatic account so far of the extraordinary expeience of slaves in and after the American Revolution.... Schama's gift for plunging us into the very center of the action makes reading an exhilarating and often moving experience." (Daily Telegraph) If you were black in America at the start of the Revolutionary War, whom would you want to win? In response to a declaration by the last governor of Virginia that any rebel-owned slave who escaped and served the King would be emancpated, tens of thousands of blacks voted with feet, escaping to fight beside the British. Originally designed to break the plantations of the American South, this military strategy instead unleashed one of the great exoduses in American history. Told in the voices of the slaves and the white abolitionists who aided them, Simon Schama vividly details the odyssey of these escaped blacks, shedding light on an extraordinary chapter in America's birth.

©2006 Simon Schama (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Narrator: Simon Schama
Author: Simon Schama
Category: History, Africa
Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
Available on Audible
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Thoughts upon the African Slave Trade

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John Newton was the master of a slave ship, later becoming a beloved Anglican priest and an ardent abolitionist. His conversion to Christianity began in 1748, and in 1764 he was accepted in the priesthood. Newton collaborated with William Cowper to publish a volume of hymns, including the well-known “Amazing Grace”. However, it took him a while to denounce the slave trade as the pamphlet "Thoughts upon the African Slave Trade" was only published in 1787. Its impact was immediate and it became quite influential. William Wilberforce was among those it inspired. Graphically describing the horrors of the slave trade, the publication is a moving confession of repentance for the author’s part in the hideous trade in human beings.

Public Domain (P)2019 Museum Audiobooks

Author: John Newton
Category: History, Africa
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Culture Smart! Morocco

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Morocco is a land of spectacular scenery with a rich history and heady with tantalizing scents and colorful sights. The call of the muezzin seems to draw people from every corner of the globe. In 1956, Morocco gained independence from French colonial rule and was jolted into the 20th century. Today, it is a country in transition - a unique blend of Arab, African, and European ways of life. The teeming cities have an air of sophistication and joie de vivre, but life in rural areas has stayed much the same. And while the cities are highly westernized, tradition and religion still play a vital role in the everyday life of most people. With rapid change came problems. Lack of opportunity and high unemployment resulted in a "brain drain" as educated Moroccans made their way abroad, and a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam started gaining ground among the urban poor. Even so, as technology becomes widespread and the world shrinks further, Morocco today is coming into its own. Culture Smart! Morocco describes the way the country’s past has shaped its present, advising tourists and business travelers on what to expect and how to behave in different situations.

©2017 Jillian York (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Author: Jillian York
Category: History, Africa
Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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The African Rulers of Medieval Yemen

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What is more impressive: to become a king having come from a long lineage of kings, or to become a king having come from a long lineage of the enslaved? In the ninth and 10th centuries, enslaved East Africans were brought to the Ziyadid kingdom of Yemen. By the later 10th century they had become the prime ministers of the kingdom. One of the last such prime ministers formed a dynasty that was to last for almost a 150 years, repeatedly bouncing back from the political intrigue of their Arab neighbours. Zabid was the capital from which they ruled, and is today a UNESCO World Heritage site. They were renowned builders and protectors of the architectural heritage of Yemen. The African Rulers of Medieval Yemen is a book that tells a little known part of the history of Africans in Asia, and of slavery as a whole. While telling this story it also bravely asserts that enslaved foreigners have earned the moral right to rule any land which they have helped to build. It also looks at the various attitudes that Arabs had towards Africans, and how the latter managed to literally rise above them. A must-listen for those interested in an African history that stands tall and bows to none.

©2012 Gert Muller (P)2015 Gert Muller

Narrator: Tim Harwood
Author: Gert Muller
Category: History, Africa
Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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White Gold

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In the summer of 1716, a Cornish cabin boy named Thomas Pellow and 52 of his comrades were captured at sea by the Barbary corsairs. Their captors, fanatical Islamic slave traders, had declared war on the whole of Christendom. Thousands of Europeans had been snatched from their homes and taken in chains to the great slave markets of Algiers, Tunis and Sale in Morocco to be sold to the highest bidder. White Gold is an extraordinary and shocking story. Drawn from unpublished letters and manuscripts written by slaves, and by the padres and ambassadors sent to free them, it reveals a disturbing and forgotten chapter of history, told with all the pace and verve of one of our finest historians.

©2004 Giles Milton (P)2005 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks

Author: Giles Milton
Category: History, Africa
Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Mythology: African Myths, Gods, Heroes, and Legends

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As you study the African myths, legends, and folklore through this guide, you will find that there are so many gods and goddesses, and so many different versions of certain stories, that it will blow your mind. The intricate myths in this book have been lined up and collected to help you understand some of the earliest, most ancient beliefs from those living on the African continent. Some have been influential in our day, and some have been completely forgotten except for vague traditions that have been passed on from one generation to the next. Hear about the creation of the universe, plants, animals, and finally, the woman first and the man second (how ironic). You’ll find out what significance a tortoise made in one particular African myth, why and how the sex goddess was worshipped and feared, which historical and cultural facts helped the Africans believe in these things, and how some of these customs have been introduced in our modern-day culture.Begin today and find out more about these fascinating facts and myths!

©2019 Ron Carver (P)2019 Ron Carver

Narrator: John Griffith
Author: Ron Carver
Category: History, Africa
Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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Mandela: An Audio History

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Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2015 Recognized as one of the most comprehensive oral histories of apartheid ever broadcast (NPR, BBC, CBC, SABC), Mandela: An Audio History tells the story of the struggle against apartheid through rare sound recordings. The series weaves together more than 50 first-person interviews with an unprecedented collection of archival sound: a rare recording of the 1964 trial that resulted in Mandela's life sentence; a visit between Mandela and his family secretly taped by a prison guard; marching songs of guerilla soldiers; government propaganda films; and pirate radio broadcasts from the African National Congress (ANC). Once thought lost forever, Radio Diaries producer Joe Richman unearthed a treasure trove of these historic recordings in the basement archive of the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Ultimately, over 50 hours of archival recordings and many more hours of contemporary interviews with the living witnesses to South Africa's turbulent history have gone into the creation of one of the most moving audio documentaries ever produced. Includes a commemorative 32-page booklet featuring historic photos and a complete transcript of the audio program.

©2004 Original Material © 2004-2014 Radio Diaries, Inc. Packaging © 2014 HighBridge Company. (P)2014 2014 Radio Diaries, Inc.

Category: History, Africa
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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Doctor David Livingstone and Bishop Charles Mackenzie

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This story deals with the first great and documented humanitarian tragedy in African history. The East African slave trade, the lesser known of the two branches of the African slave trade, flourished in virtual anonymity as the attention of the world was focused on the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade and the destruction of slavery in the Western hemisphere. Doctor David Livingstone, the great Victorian missionary explorer, devoted his life to witnessing and publicizing this grotesque African trade.  The Universities Mission to Central Africa was the first orchestrated intervention in the South-Central African region, and it is a cautionary tale for centuries of similar efforts to follow.

©2019 Peter Baxter (P)2019 Peter Baxter

Narrator: Peter Baxter
Author: Peter Baxter
Category: History, Africa
Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
Available on Audible
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The rise and fall of the Ethiopian Empire

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The founder of Ethiopia (or Abyssinia) and the founder of the Imperial dynasty are held to be Menelik I, son of Solomon, King of Israel, and of Makeda, the Queen of Sheba. According to legend, the brother Kings Ella Abrecha and Ella Asbeha, together with their mother, were converted to Christianity by the Coptic monk Frumentius of Alexandria in 330 AD. Their successor, King Kaleb, considerably expanded the kingdom to include parts of South Arabia. However, the state came under increasing pressure from the expanding Islamic world, gradually being pushed back into the interior of Ethiopia. The Solomonic dynasty lost power to the Zagwe dynasty of Lasta from 1117 until 1268. The former being confined to their traditional fiefs in Showa. According to legend, the Ethiopian Saint Takla Haymanot persuaded Emperor Nakuto Le-Ab to relinquish power in favour of Tasfa Iyasus, a descendant of the Solomonic dynasty.

©2013 Henry Epps (P)2013 Henry Epps

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Category: History, Africa
Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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Brutal Valour: The Tragedy of Isandlwana

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It is December 1878, and war looms on the horizon in South Africa. British high commissioner Sir Henry Bartle-Frere seeks to dismantle the powerful neighboring kingdom of the Zulus and uses an incursion along the disputed border as his justification for war. He issues an impossible ultimatum to the Zulu king, Cetshwayo, demanding he disband his armies and pay massive reparations. With a heavy heart, the king prepares his nation for war against their former allies. Leading the invasion is Lieutenant General Sir Frederic Thesiger, Baron Chelmsford, a highly experienced officer fresh off a decisive triumph over the neighboring Xhosa tribes. He and Frere are convinced that a quick victory over the Zulus will negate any repercussions from the home government for launching what is, in essence, an illegal war. Recently arrived to South Africa are newly recruited privates Arthur Wilkinson and Richard Lowe, members of C Company, 1/24th Regiment of Foot under the venerable Captain Reginald Younghusband. Eager for adventure, they are prepared to do their duty both for the empire and for their friends. As Frere's ultimatum expires, the army of British redcoats and allied African auxiliaries crosses the uMzinyathi River at Rorke's Drift into Zululand. Ten days later the British and Zulus will meet their destiny at the base of a mountain called Isandlwana.

©2016 James M. Mace (P)2017 James M. Mace

Narrator: Jonathan Waters
Author: James Mace
Category: History, Africa
Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
Available on Audible
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A Popular Account of Dr. Livingstone to the Zambesi and its Tributaries

Summary

Livingstone's first book revolutionized the way European readers saw Africa and made him a hero in England. He returned again to the Zambesi with his brother Charles and others, this time with more equipment and funds. Again he faced hippopotami, crocodiles, impossible terrain, and disease, but his greatest enemies on this trip prove to be human. The British eventually lost faith in the expedition, but Livingstone proved in the end to have had tremendous foresight. He doesn't romanticize, but he is often poetic in this account.

Public Domain (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Steven Crossley
Category: History, Africa
Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
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The East African Slave Trade

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"It is certain that large numbers of slaves were exported from eastern Africa; the best evidence for this is the magnitude of the Zanj revolt in Iraq in the 9th century, though not all of the slaves involved were Zanj. There is little evidence of what part of eastern Africa the Zanj came from, for the name is here evidently used in its general sense, rather than to designate the particular stretch of the coast... to which the name was also applied." (Ghada Hashem Talhami, "The Zanj Rebellion Reconsidered", The International Journal of African Historical Studies) It has often been said that the greatest invention of all time was the sail, which facilitated the internationalization of the globe and thus ushered in the modern era. It was the sail that linked the continents of Africa, Asia, and Europe, and thus it was also the sail that facilitated the greatest involuntary human migration of all time. The transatlantic slave trade was founded by the Portuguese in the 15th century for the specific purpose of supplying the New World colonies with African slave labor. It was soon joined by all the major trading powers of Europe, and it reached its peak in the 18th century with the founding and development of plantation economies that ran from the South American mainland through the Caribbean and into the southern states of the United States. The East African Slave Trade, on the other hand, or the Indian Ocean Slave Trade as it was also known, was a far more complex and nuanced phenomenon, far older, significantly more widespread, rooted in ancient traditions, and governed by rules very different to those in the western hemisphere. It is also often referred to as the Arab Slave Trade, although this, specifically, might perhaps be more accurately applied to the more ancient variant of organized African slavery, affecting North Africa, and undertaken prior to the advent of Islam and certainly prior to the spread of the institution south as far as the south/east African coast. It also involved the slavery of non-African races. The African slave trade is a complex and deeply divisive subject that has had a tendency to evolve according the political requirements of any given age, and is often touchable only with the correct distribution of culpability. It has for many years, therefore, been deemed singularly unpalatable to implicate Africans themselves in the perpetration of the institution, and only in recent years has the large-scale African involvement in both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean Slave Trades come to be an accepted fact. There can, however, be no doubt that even though large numbers of indigenous Africans were liable, it was European ingenuity and greed that fundamentally drove the industrialization of the transatlantic slave trade in response to massive new market demands created by their equally ruthless exploitation of the Americas.

©2017 Charles River Editors (P)2017 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Scott Clem
Category: History, Africa
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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Tears of the Dead: Requiem of the Zulu Kingdom

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In the aftermath of the Battles of Khambula and Gingindlovu, a lull fell over the war-torn Zulu Kingdom. Though British forces under Lord Chelmsford emerged victorious during both encounters, earlier defeats, casualties, and supply shortages required them to withdraw back into Natal. Now with waves of long-awaited reinforcements arriving, Chelmsford prepares to launch a second invasion of Zululand. Death and destruction have taken their toll on the Zulu people. Thousands of families mourn for their loved ones, while refugees flee from the devastation of the border regions. Despite the defeats and fearful losses, King Cetshwayo, who never wanted war in the first place, takes heart in knowing that, strategically, his enemies were compelled to retreat from his lands. He hopes this will allow him to come to terms with the British before Chelmsford can renew the war in earnest. Unbeknownst to the king, Lord Chelmsford has received word from London that he is to be replaced by General Sir Garnet Wolseley. His lordship is determined to expedite the invasion and utterly crush Cetshwayo’s forces at any cost, denying Wolseley the chance to usurp him before he can expunge the humiliation that has lingered since the dark days following the defeat at Isandlwana.

©2019 James M. Mace (P)2020 James M. Mace

Narrator: Jonathan Waters
Author: James Mace
Category: History, Africa
Length: 18 hrs and 55 mins
Available on Audible
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Ethiopia and the Origin of Civilization

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The history of Ethiopia could also be called the history of humanity. The question is not if this history is well documented, but why it is not thought widely in schools. The time necessary to study the tomes that refer to the Nubians as the forebearers of our civilization is enormous.  The world owes Ethiopia for its history, astronomy, agriculture and all the other sciences, and John G. Jackson gave ample references to validate this claim. Ethiopia’s history is incredible and a treasure to the world and it is a shame that it has been distorted by the persistent Eurocentrism.

©2019 John G. Jackson (P)2019 HN Publishing

Narrator: Troy W. Hudson
Category: History, Africa
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Mythology

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Introducing: A mythology trilogy From the creator of the Captivating History Series. This audiobook includes three captivating manuscripts: Greek Mythology: A Fascinating Guide to Understanding the Ancient Greek Religion with Its Gods, Goddesses, Monsters, and Mortals Norse Mythology: A Fascinating Guide to Understanding the Sagas, Gods, Heroes, and Beliefs of the Vikings Egyptian Mythology: A Fascinating Guide to Understanding the Gods, Goddesses, Monsters, and Mortals The first part of this audiobook will explore Greek heroes, what they were like and what they accomplished. Furthermore, the audiobook will tackle Greek religion, and the gods and goddesses which establish the backdrop against which Greek legends were formed. We will also take a close look at the myths of Greek monsters. The second part of this audiobook is jam-packed with fascinating facts and stories of Norse mythology. For instance, part two covers all that you need to know about the nine realms, as well as captivating tales of Odin, Thor, Loki, and Ragnar. In the third part of this audiobook, we will start by looking at the gods and goddesses of Kemet -ancient Egypt. Then, we will turn our attention to the monsters which likely gave them nightmares, and humbled them in their quest to bring order to the world around them. Listen to this audiobook now and discover captivating stories of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters, and Mortals.

©2017 Matt Clayton (P)2017 Matt Clayton

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Category: History, Africa
Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
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Before the Revolution

Summary

America began, we are often told, with the Founding Fathers, the men who waged a revolution and created a unique place called the United States. We may acknowledge the early Jamestown and Puritan colonists and mourn the dispossession of Native Americans, but we rarely grapple with the complexity of the nation’s pre-revolutionary past. In this pathbreaking revision, Daniel Richter shows that the United States has a much deeper history than is apparent - that far from beginning with a clean slate, it is a nation with multiple pasts that stretch back as far as the Middle Ages, pasts whose legacies continue to shape the present. Exploring a vast range of original sources, Before the Revolution spans more than seven centuries and ranges across North America, Europe, and Africa. Richter recovers the lives of a stunning array of peoples - Indians, Spaniards, French, Dutch, Africans, English - as they struggled with one another and with their own people for control of land and resources. Their struggles occurred in a global context and built upon the remains of what came before. Gradually and unpredictably, distinctive patterns of North American culture took shape on a continent where no one yet imagined there would be nations called the United States, Canada, or Mexico. By seeing these trajectories on their own dynamic terms, rather than merely as a prelude to independence, Richter’s epic vision reveals the deepest origins of American history.

©2012 Dr. Daniel Richter (P)2012 Gildan Media LLC

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Category: History, Africa
Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
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Three Days in January: An Anatomy of Rebellion

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On 23 January 1915, a native rebellion broke out in the British Protectorate of Nyasaland, the future nation-state of Malawi. The leader of the uprising was a black Baptist priest by the name of John Chilembwe. The John Chilembwe Uprising has generally been credited with setting in motion the modern African liberation movement. In this edition of the Peter Baxter African History Series, we examine the episode in detail, plotting the genesis of the African liberation movement through the growth of independent, black churches at the turn of the century. This is another fascinating episode of African history, essential listening for the international history enthusiast.

©2019 Peter Baxter (P)2019 Peter Baxter

Narrator: Peter Baxter
Author: Peter Baxter
Category: History, Africa
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
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Cruelty of Fate: The Fight for Khambula

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In late January 1879, following news of the terrible disaster to befall British forces at Isandlwana, Colonel Henry Evelyn Wood, commanding officer of the northern No. 4 Column, withdraws his forces to Khambula, near the Natal and Transvaal borders. Adding to their woes, the southern No. 1 Column finds itself trapped under siege at the abandoned mission station of Eshowe. The general officer commanding, Lord Chelmsford, orders Wood to continue harassing the Zulus, keeping the pressure off their central and southern forces while he rallies reinforcements to relieve Eshowe. In light of the disaster at Isandlwana, Wood knows he must temper aggression with caution, as he does not have the numbers necessary to face the entire Zulu amabutho. Facing the British in the north are the semi-autonomous abaQulusi tribe and their venerable ally, an exiled Swazi prince named Mbilini. A master of guerrilla warfare, Mbilini harries the British invaders relentlessly while awaiting reinforcements from the Zulu king, Cetshwayo. Fifty miles to the east, at the royal kraal of Ulundi, Cetshwayo’s triumphant albeit terribly bloodied regiments return home to take in the harvest following their victory at Isandlwana. The king’s subsequent overtures of peace are soundly rebuffed by Lord Chelmsford, and he knows he must soon summon his regiments once again. With shouts of "we are the boys of Isandlwana!" the Zulus turn their attention north, seeking to join with Mbilini and send another British invasion column to oblivion.

©2019 James M Mace (P)2019 James M Mace

Narrator: Jonathan Waters
Author: James Mace
Category: History, Africa
Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
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Crucible of Honour: The Battle of Rorke's Drift

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It is January of 1879. While three columns of British soldiers and their African allies cross the Uminyathi River to commence the invasion of the Zulu Kingdom, a handful of redcoats from B Company, 2/24th Regiment are left to guard the centre column's supply depot at Rorke's Drift. On the morning of 22 January, the main camp at Isandlwana, just 10 miles to the east, comes under attack from the entire Zulu army and is utterly destroyed. Four thousand warriors from King Cetshwayo's elite Undi Corps remained in reserve and were denied any chance to take part in the fighting. Led by Prince Dabulamanzi, they disobey the king's orders and cross into British Natal, seeking their share in triumph and spoils. They soon converge on Rorke's Drift; an easy prize, with its paltry force of 150 redcoats to be readily swept aside. Upon hearing of the disaster at Isandlwana, and with retreat impossible, the tiny British garrison readies to receive the coming onslaught. Leading them is Lieutenant John Chard, a newly-arrived engineer officer with no actual combat experience. Aiding him is B Company's previously undistinguished officer commanding, Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead, along with 24-year old Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne, and a retired soldier-turned civilian volunteer named James Dalton. Unbeknownst to either the British or the Zulus, half of the center column, under Lord Chelmsford's direct command, was not even at Isandlwana, but 15 miles further east, at Mangeni Falls. However, with a huge Zulu force of over 20,000 warriors between them and the drift, their ammunition and ration stores taken or destroyed, and an impossible distance to cover, Chelmsford's battered column cannot possibly come to the depot's aid, and must look to their own survival. The defenders of Rorke's Drift stand alone.

©2017 James Mace (P)2017 James Mace

Narrator: Jonathan Waters
Author: James Mace
Category: History, Africa
Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
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South Africa: History in an Hour

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With the passing of Nelson Mandela, ‘the father of the nation’, comes the end of an era, and the moment to look back on his remarkable saving, and remaking, of South Africa. After years of oppression and racial inequality, concentrated violence and apartheid, Mandela led the country to unite ‘for the freedom of us all’ as the country’s first black President. South Africa: History in an Hour gives a lively account of the formation of modern South Africa, from the first contact with seventeenth-century European sailors, through the colonial era, the Boer Wars, apartheid and the establishment of a tolerant democracy in the late twentieth century. Here is a clear and fascinating overview of the emergence of the ‘Rainbow Nation’. Know your stuff: read about South African history in just one hour.

©2012 Anthony Holmes (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble
Category: History, Africa
Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
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Lost Souls: The Forgotten Heroes of Eshowe

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In January 1879, three columns of British soldiers under the command of Lord Chelmsford, commenced the invasion of the Zulu Kingdom. The southern No. 1 Column led by Colonel Charles Pearson advances on the old mission station at Eshowe. Their intent is to establish a fort and supply depot from which to support the centre No. 3 Column’s advance on the Zulu royal kraal at Ulundi. As the vast column of British soldiers and their African allies slogs its way across the coastal hills, the incessant rain and threat of typhoid promise to be as fearful a nemesis as the lurking armies of Zulu warriors. Unbeknownst to Pearson, calamity struck a hundred miles to the north when nearly half of No. 3 Column is destroyed during a catastrophic battle at a mountain called Isandlwana. Despite the garrison at Rorke’s Drift subsequent repelling of the Zulu onslaught, the entire invasion is left in tatters. Over a thousand imperial soldiers now lie dead, in a war which the Crown never authorised or wanted. Over the coming days, the Zulus surround the fort at Eshowe, cutting off all communications and resupply efforts. With the British Empire now reluctantly committed to war, reinforcements are dispatched from England. In a race against time, Lord Chelmsford rallies the arriving forces into a relief column. Should they fail to break through to Eshowe and relieve the garrison, Colonel Pearson and another thousand British soldiers will suffer the same fate as the poor souls whose bodies still lie unburied along the slopes of Isandlwana.

©2018 James M Mace (P)2018 James M Mace

Narrator: Jonathan Waters
Author: James Mace
Category: History, Africa
Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
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Cat and Mouse on the Niger

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"They have soldiers. We only have arguments." (French Foreign Minister Théophile Delcassé) Near the end of the 19th century, Otto von Bismarck, the German chancellor, brought the plenipotentiaries of all major powers of Europe together to deal with Africa's colonization in such a manner as to avoid provocation of war. This event, known as the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885, galvanized a phenomenon that came to be known as the Scramble for Africa. The conference established two fundamental rules for European seizure of Africa. The first of these was that no recognition of annexation would be granted without evidence of a practical occupation and the second, that a practical occupation would be deemed unlawful without a formal appeal for protection made on behalf of a territory by its leader - a plea that must be committed to paper in the form of a legal treaty. This began a rush, spearheaded mainly by European commercial interests in the form of chartered companies, to penetrate the African interior and woo its leadership with guns, trinkets, and alcohol, and having thus obtained their marks or seals upon spurious treaties, begin establishing boundaries of future European African colonies. The ease with which this was achieved was due to the fact that, at that point, traditional African leadership was disunited, and the people had just staggered back from centuries of concussion inflicted by the slave trade. Thus, to usurp authority, intimidate an already broken society, and play one leader against the other was a diplomatic task so childishly simple, the matter was wrapped up, for the most part, in less than a decade. Even at that stage, however, the countries would keep jostling for position in Africa against each other, attempting to snap up more land and consolidate it. As such, the scramble kept going at a fevered pitch until the outbreak of World War I. When they entered the negotiations in Berlin in 1884, the French were established in their flagship African territory of Senegal, situated at the westernmost point of continental Africa, which tended to give them an option over the vast reaches of the western continent so far unclaimed by any territory. The history of French engagement in Senegal can be traced back to 1677, with the French acquisition of a slave port on the island of Gorée, today a cantonment of the Senegalese capital of Dakar. From there, the French were apt to gaze across the vast expanse of unclaimed territory to their minor enclave of French Somaliland, founded between 1883 and 1887, and which would, in the post-independence era, become the state of Djibouti. The French imperial vision, therefore, became the establishment of French sovereignty over everything in between these two points, including, if possible, Egypt. That obviously clashed with British objectives. As the British were working to establish a route from Cape Town in South Africa to Cairo in Egypt, the French were seeking to connect Dakar to Djibouti. If lines were drawn on the map to connect those places, the lines would intersect around the Sudanese river port of Kodok, which, during the imperial era, was known as Fashoda. The sequence of events across Africa would lead to a dramatic confrontation between a French expedition and British soldiers at Fashoda in 1898, and what happened there would help determine the boundaries of colonial Africa for the next several decades. Cat and Mouse on the Niger: The History of the Competition Between the British and French for Control of the Niger River chronicles the competition between both nations as they sought to make inroads on the African continent.

©2020 Charles River Editors (P)2020 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Daniel Houle
Category: History, Africa
Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
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The Congo Free State

Summary

King Leopold II of Belgium emerges from the pages of history as a curious character. He was a member of a privileged clique of European monarchs, bereft of power but rich, indulgent, and indolent. Leopold certainly availed himself of all the pleasures of court life, but he was also shrewd, astonishingly competent, and avaricious to an almost unimaginable degree. His initial interest in foreign real estate was imperial, insofar as he desired on behalf of Belgium the main accoutrements of a first-rate power, which were, of course, foreign estates and colonies. He was, however, unable to move the Belgian parliament to act in accordance, the conservative belief perhaps being that Belgium could not afford to compete on that level. Belgium was a small European nation, existing between major and, at times, belligerent powers, and as such, it quietly went about its business with a determination not to rock the European boat. Displaying enormous ability and a masterful grasp of diplomatic maneuver, Leopold was able to secure primary rights over the territory of the Congo River catchment, a portion of the globe more than three times the size of France. By any standards, this was a monumental coup, and by the time the other European powers woke up to precisely what was underway, it was too late the arrest the momentum. Of all the issues on the agenda as delegates gathered in Berlin in 1884, foremost was the Congo question. The matter was debated, and although deeply troubled by the potential consequences, recognition was eventually afforded to Leopold's claim to the Congo.

©2017 Charles River Editors (P)2017 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Scott Clem
Category: History, Africa
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
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Foreign Native

Summary

In Foreign Native, RW Johnson looks back with affection and humour on his life in Africa. From schooldays in Durban - fresh off the boat from Merseyside - to later years as an academic, director of the Helen Suzman Foundation and formidable political commentator, he has produced an entertaining and occasionally eye-popping memoir brimming with history, anecdote and insight. Johnson charts his evolution from enthusiastic, left-leaning Africanist to political realist, relating the episodes that influenced his intellectual worldview, including time spent among the exiled liberation movements in London during the 1960s, a sojourn in newly independent Guinea and more recent forays into Zimbabwe. There are wonderful stories, some hilarious, others filled with pathos, about the multitude of characters - Harold Strachan, Tom Sharpe, Ronnie Kasrils, Helen Suzman, Frederik van zyl Slabbert, among many others that he met along the way. Perceptive, critical and full of verve, Foreign Native is leavened with a deep humanity that makes it a pleasure to listen to.

©2020 Jonathan Ball Publishing (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Peter Noble
Category: History, Africa
Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
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The Republic of Zimbabwe

Summary

“The only white man you can trust is a dead white man.” (Robert Mugabe) The modern history of Africa was, until very recently, written on behalf of the indigenous races by the white man, who had forcefully entered the continent during a particularly hubristic and dynamic phase of European history. In 1884, Prince Otto von Bismark, the German chancellor, brought the plenipotentiaries of all major powers of Europe together to deal with Africa's colonization in such a manner as to avoid provocation of war. This event - known as the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885 - galvanized a phenomenon that came to be known as the Scramble for Africa. The conference established two fundamental rules for European seizure of Africa. The first of these was that no recognition of annexation would be granted without evidence of a practical occupation, and the second, that a practical occupation would be deemed unlawful without a formal appeal for protection made on behalf of a territory by its leader - a plea that must be committed to paper in the form of a legal treaty. Thus began a rush, spearheaded mainly by European commercial interests in the form of chartered companies, to penetrate the African interior and woo its leadership with guns, trinkets, and alcohol, and having thus obtained their marks or seals upon spurious treaties, begin establishing boundaries of future European African colonies.  The ease with which this was achieved was due to the fact that, at that point, traditional African leadership was disunited, and the people had just staggered back from centuries of concussion inflicted by the slave trade. Thus, to usurp authority, to intimidate an already broken society, and to play one leader against the other was a diplomatic task so childishly simple, the matter was wrapped up, for the most part, in less than a decade. There were some exceptions to this, however. The most notable of which was perhaps the Zulu Nation, a centralized monarchy of enormous military prowess that required a British colonial war - the storied Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 - to affect pacification. Another was the amaNdebele, an offshoot of the Zulu, established as early as the 1830s in the southeastern quarter of what would become Rhodesia, and later still Zimbabwe, in the future. Both were powerful, centralized monarchies, fortified by an organized and aggressive professional army, subdivided into regiments and owing fanatical loyalty to the crown. The Zulu were not dealt with by treaty, and their history is, perhaps, the subject of another episode of this series, but the amaNdebele were, and early European treaty and concession gatherers were required to tread with great caution as they entered their lands. It would be a long time before the inevitable course of history forced the amaNdebele to submit to European domination. Although treaties and British gunboat diplomacy played a role, it was ultimately war, conquest, and defeat in battle that brought the amaNdebele to heel. Rumors of gold in the land helped lead Cecil John Rhodes to obtaining a royal charter in October 1889 for a private company to exploit the resources. After tricking the amaNdebele with a dubious agreement, members of Rhodes’ company began to establish a fledgling colony, and after the British defeated the amaNdebele and began driving them away from the land during the First Matabele War, the seeds were sown for two colonies to take root. But little did the British know just how politically turbulent those efforts would be and how much more fighting would have to take place to consolidate their position.

©2020 Charles River Editors (P)2020 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Colin Fluxman
Category: History, Africa
Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
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South Africa

Summary

The Boer War was the defining conflict of South African history and one of the most important conflicts in the history of the British Empire. Naturally, complicated geopolitics underscored it, going back centuries. In fact, the European history of South Africa began with the 1652 arrival of a small Dutch flotilla in Table Bay, at the southern extremity of the African continent, which made landfall with a view to establishing a victualing station to service passing Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) ships. The Dutch at that point largely dominated the East Indian Trade, and it was their establishment of the settlement of Kaapstad, or Cape Town, that set in motion the lengthy and often turbulent history of South Africa. For over a century, the Cape remained a Dutch East India Company settlement, and in the interests of limiting expenses, strict parameters were established to avoid the development of a colony. As religious intolerance in Europe drove a steady trickle of outward emigration, however, Dutch settlers began to informally expand beyond the Cape, settling the sparsely inhabited hinterland to the north and east of Cape Town. In doing so, they fell increasingly outside the administrative scope of the Company, and they developed an individualistic worldview, characterized by self-dependence and self-reliance. They were also bonded as a society by a rigorous and literal interpretation of the Old Testament. In their wake, towards the end of the 17th century, followed a wave of French Huguenot immigrants, fleeing a renewal of anti-Protestantism in Europe. They were integrated over the succeeding generations, creating a hybridized language and culture that emerged in due course as the Cape Dutch, the Afrikaner or the Boer. South Africa: The History and Legacy of the Nation from European Colonization to the End of the Apartheid Era looks at the controversial history of the country, from the initial European explorers to the successful struggle to dismantle apartheid.

©2019 Charles River Editors (P)2019 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Colin Fluxman
Category: History, Africa
Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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Northern Rhodesia and Southern Rhodesia

Summary

The modern history of Africa was until very recently written on behalf of the indigenous races by the white man, who had forcefully entered the continent during a particularly hubristic and dynamic phase of European history. In 1884, Prince Otto von Bismark, the German chancellor, brought the plenipotentiaries of all major powers of Europe together to deal with Africa's colonization in such a manner as to avoid provocation of war. This event - known as the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885 - galvanized a phenomenon that came to be known as the Scramble for Africa. The conference established two fundamental rules for European seizure of Africa. The first of these was that no recognition of annexation would be granted without evidence of a practical occupation; and second, that a practical occupation would be deemed unlawful without a formal appeal for protection made on behalf of a territory by its leader, a plea that must be committed to paper in the form of a legal treaty.  This began a rush, spearheaded mainly by European commercial interests in the form of chartered companies, to penetrate the African interior and woo its leadership with guns, trinkets, and alcohol, and having thus obtained their marks or seals upon spurious treaties, begin establishing boundaries of future European African colonies. The ease with which this was achieved was due to the fact that, at that point, traditional African leadership was disunited, and the people had just staggered back from centuries of concussion inflicted by the slave trade. Thus, to usurp authority, to intimidate an already broken society, and to play one leader against the other was a diplomatic task so childishly simple, the matter was wrapped up, for the most part, in less than a decade.  There were some exceptions to this, however, the most notable of which was perhaps the Zulu Nation, a centralized monarchy of enormous military prowess that required a British colonial war, the storied Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, to affect pacification. Another was the amaNdebele, an offshoot of the Zulu, established as early as the 1830s in the southeastern quarter of what would become Rhodesia, and later still Zimbabwe, in the future. Both were powerful, centralized monarchies, fortified by an organized and aggressive professional army, subdivided into regiments, and owing fanatical loyalty to the crown. The Zulu were not dealt with by treaty, and their history is perhaps the subject of another episode of this series, but the amaNdebele were, and early European treaty and concession gatherers were required to tread with great caution as they entered their lands. It would be a long time before the inevitable course of history forced the amaNdebele to submit to European domination. Although treaties and British gunboat diplomacy played a role, it was ultimately war, conquest, and defeat in battle that brought the amaNdebele to heel. 

©2020 Charles River Editors (P)2020 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Colin Fluxman
Category: History, Africa
Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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Racism: Does It Still Exist?

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Summary

It's not always easy to talk about race, racism, and prejudice. These are subjects that can really make people angry. What we sometimes forget is that we all have opinions. We don't all think alike, no matter what race we are. There are certain words that shouldn't be said aloud and jokes we shouldn't repeat because they can be very hurtful. This book is divided into four parts. The first part will deal with individual, personal stories of racism.

©2017 Marion W. McKenney (P)2017 Marion W. McKenney

Narrator: Michelle Marie
Category: History, Africa
Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
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