The African Diaspora A History Through Culture

by Patrick Manning

Part of the Columbia Studies in International and Global History Series

The African Diaspora A History Through Culture Synopsis

Patrick Manning refuses to divide the African diaspora into the experiences of separate regions and nations. Instead, he follows the multiple routes that brought Africans and people of African descent into contact with one another and with Europe, Asia, and the Americas. In weaving these stories together, Manning shows how the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Indian Ocean fueled dynamic interactions among black communities and cultures and how these patterns resembled those of a number of connected diasporas concurrently taking shape across the globe. Manning begins in 1400 and traces five central themes: the connections that enabled Africans to mutually identify and hold together as a global community; discourses on race; changes in economic circumstance; the character of family life; and the evolution of popular culture. His approach reveals links among seemingly disparate worlds. In the mid-nineteenth century, for example, slavery came under attack in North America, South America, southern Africa, West Africa, the Ottoman Empire, and India, with former slaves rising to positions of political prominence. Yet at the beginning of the twentieth century, the near-elimination of slavery brought new forms of discrimination that removed almost all blacks from government for half a century. Manning underscores the profound influence that the African diaspora had on world history, demonstrating the inextricable link between black migration and the rise of modernity, especially in regards to the processes of industrialization and urbanization. A remarkably inclusive and far-reaching work, The African Diaspora proves that the advent of modernity cannot be imaginatively or comprehensively engaged without taking the African peoples and the African continent as a whole into account.

The African Diaspora A History Through Culture Press Reviews

A substantial contribution... setting a useful benchmark for the relocation of Africa to the centre of global history. -- Stacey Hynd History This is a welcome addition to the field... Highly recommended. Choice Readers will be impressed by the book's breadth and the arresting parallels it draws between events and dynamics taking place thousands of miles apart. Foreign Affairs The work is impressive and valuable in its details and broad sweep of argument -- Micol Seigel American Historical Review Manning's study is a superb attempt to bridge the gap between our understanding of the forced deportation of Africans into slavery and the continuing emigration Journal of African History An immensely important addition to the literature. -- David E. Skinner Journal of Africa Manning is to be congratulated for yet another capacious, innovative contribution to our understanding of African and world history, as intricately embedded, each in the other, at every level. -- Joseph C. Miller New West Indian Guide

Book Information

ISBN: 9780231144711
Publication date: 5th February 2010
Author: Patrick Manning
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 424 pages
Categories: General & world history, African history,

About Patrick Manning

Patrick Manning is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of World History and Director of the World History Center at the University of Pittsburgh, President of the American Historical Association, and president of the World History Network, a nonprofit corporation fostering research in world history. His books include Slavery and African Life, Migration in World History, and Navigating World History: Historians Create a Global Past.

More About Patrick Manning

Share this book