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Davidson, Basil 1914-2010

Works: 423 works in 2,092 publications in 17 languages and 45,755 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Pictorial works  Juvenile works  Personal narratives‡vBritish 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Commentator, Author of dialog, Honoree, Performer, Commentator for written text, Other, Originator, Director, Creator
Classifications: DT20, 960
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African kingdoms by Basil Davidson( Book )
125 editions published between 1894 and 2007 in 7 languages and held by 3,716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Surveys the history, civilizations, culture and people of ancient Africa and explains the influence of the past on modern African life and customs
Africa in history : themes and outlines by Basil Davidson( Book )
93 editions published between 1966 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 3,024 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
History of Africa tracing its inner growth and world wide significance that also includes recent changes in South Africa
The lost cities of Africa by Basil Davidson( Book )
44 editions published between 1959 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses Egypt, Kush, Meroe, kingdoms of the Old Sudan, Ghana, Mali, Timbuktu, Songhay, the Sao and Kanem, Carthage, Benin, Zanj, Kalambo, Sheba, coastal trade, Axum, Ethiopia, Engaruka, Zimbabwe, Mapungubwe, Inyanga and Niekerk, medieval Rhodesia, the Azanians, the Phoenicians, Djenne, El Masudi, Gao, the Iron Age, Kenya, Kilwa, Khartoum, Malindi, Mombasa, Monomotapa, Mozambique, Ophir, Punt, the Portuguese and the slave trade, Sofala, and more
Black mother; the years of the African slave trade by Basil Davidson( Book )
79 editions published between 1961 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 1,986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Afrikas historie fra ca. 1500 til nutiden
The African genius; an introduction to African cultural and social history by Basil Davidson( Book )
39 editions published between 1969 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 1,974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The African past : chronicles from antiquity to modern times by Basil Davidson( Book )
45 editions published between 1964 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 1,867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Included writings by Harkhuf, Pepi-nakt, Tuthmosis III, Piankhi, Herodotus, Ezana, Desmond Clark, Bernard Fagg, Frank Willett, Muhammed Bello, Samuel Johnson, Saburi Biobaku, Tamsir Niane, Al Yakubi, Al Bekri, Al Omari, Ibn Battuta, Al Maghili, Ahmed Ibn Fartua, Kati, Es-Sa'adi, Egharevba, Al Mas'udi, Freeman-Grenville, Idrisi, Yu-Yang-Tsa-Tsu, Chao Ju-Kua, Chang Hsieh, Vasco da Gama, Duarte Barbosa, Hans Mayr, Diogo de Alcancova, D.P. Abraham, Pedro Vaz Soares, Joao de Barros, Antonio Boccarro, Manoel Barreto, Ruy de Pina, Alonso de Palencia, Affonso of Congo, Abreu de Brito, John Landye, Richard Jobson, John Hawkins, Richard Eden, William Towerson, Oliveira Cadornega, John Casseneuve, William Bosman, Michel Adanson, Richard Brew, James Penny, John Johnston, Archibald Dalzell, Robert Norris, Olaudah Equiano, Abbe Proyart, Thomas Winterbottom, James Bruce, Andrew Sparrman, Frederic Caillaud, Henry Fynn, Edouard Casalis, Robert Moffat, David Livingstone, Antonio Gamitto, James Prior, Mungo Park, Uthman Dan Fodio, Brodie Cruickshank, Heinrich Barth, Martin Delany, Mary Kingsley, Leo Frobenius, Charles Domingo, Placide Tempels, Macemba, Edward Blyden, Winwood Reade, and others
Modern Africa : a social and political history by Basil Davidson( Book )
51 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An all-African overview of events, movements, ideas, dates and personalities between 1914 and 1990
The Black man's burden : Africa and the curse of the nation-state by Basil Davidson( Book )
34 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Basil Davidson is among the most widely read and respected of Africa's historians, and is, as Roland Oliver, author of The Cambridge History of Africa, has observed, "the one best trusted in Black Africa itself." Now, in this often brilliant, unfailingly provocative work, he traces the roots of Africa's independence movement and puts the continent's present-day political instability into historical perspective. Emerging from foreign rule in the 1950s, the African people looked hopefully toward a future of independence and self-determination. But today Africa is a continent in crisis. The root cause, argues Davidson, lies in a historical irony--Africa's liberators, reluctant to embrace Africa's own history, chose to form nation-states based on fundamentally flawed European models. Thus, the sectarian strife of Europe was reproduced in Africa, compromising the new nations almost from the moment of their birth. Filled with stimulating insights, The Black Man's Burden tackles some of the most vexing and fundamental questions of our time. Davidson begins with an inquiry into the pathology of nationalism and tribalism, and shows how they have collided in modern Africa. He demonstrates how the colonial legacy deformed (almost from the start) the project of African liberation. For African freedom fighters, mostly schooled in Western ways, could only imagine an African future inspired by the very West whose shackles they sought to break. Even the language of their discourse was derived from the West. Thus, they turned their backs on whatever might have proved useful and usable from their own African heritage. The creation of nation-states, like the Janus-faced nature of nationalism itself, proved, in the event, to be not so much liberating as suffocating. The state, Davidson argues, became a monster, its ever-inflating bureaucracy enrolled in the service of a particular family or ethnic group or tribe or alliance of tribes. Others, in an effort to resist the depredations of the state (or in a refusal to recognize its legitimacy), sought refuge in networks of tribal solidarity and community. Intelligent, passionate, sophisticated, Davidson explores the evolution of nationalism as it has unfolded in both Africa and Europe. He sheds light into obscure corners, combines scholarship with enthusiasm, and accomplishes that rare feat of turning the reader inside out in order to view the world with fresh eyes. He concludes with a reflection on movements of renewal and democracy that are now pushing their way across the continent
Let freedom come : Africa in modern history by Basil Davidson( Book )
14 editions published between 1971 and 1978 in English and held by 1,462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Africa: history of a continent by Basil Davidson( Book )
43 editions published between 1966 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
First published in London by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in 1966
The African slave trade by Basil Davidson( Book )
25 editions published between 1961 and 2004 in English and held by 1,143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines European-African relations between 1450 and 1850 including the slave trade and its consequences
Which way Africa? : the search for a new society by Basil Davidson( Book )
58 editions published between 1964 and 1973 in 5 languages and held by 1,131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the eye of the storm; Angola's people by Basil Davidson( Book )
45 editions published between 1972 and 1975 in 6 languages and held by 1,040 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Black star; a view of the life and times of Kwame Nkrumah by Basil Davidson( Book )
21 editions published between 1973 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 977 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1957, Kwame Nkrumah became the first Prime Minister of Ghana. He seized opportunities to lead the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa away from from colonialism. By the time, he was overthrown in a coup in 1966 most African countries, outside the settler-dominated South, had also achieved independence
A history of West Africa to the nineteenth century. With F.K. Buah and the advice of J.F. Ade Ajayi by Basil Davidson( Book )
14 editions published between 1966 and 1967 in 3 languages and held by 924 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A guide to African history by Basil Davidson( Book )
28 editions published between 1963 and 1977 in 3 languages and held by 886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Traces the history of the African continent from prehistoric times to the present day
The African slave trade : precolonial history,1450-1850 by Basil Davidson( Book )
13 editions published between 1961 and 1969 in English and French and held by 843 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The search for Africa : history, culture, politics by Basil Davidson( Book )
6 editions published in 1994 in English and Spanish and held by 820 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of short essays various aspects of African history, culture and modern politics
Old Africa rediscovered by Basil Davidson( Book )
86 editions published between 1959 and 1978 in 14 languages and held by 793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ghana : an African portrait by Paul Strand( Book )
7 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Davidson, B.
Davidson, Basil
Davidson, Basil 1914-2010
Davidson, Basil Risbridger
Davidson, Basil Risbridger 1914-2010
Deividsons, Beisils 1914-
Dėvidson, Bėsil 1914-2010
Risbridger Davidson, Basil 1914-2010
Tai-wei-hsūn, Pai-ch'i-êrh 1914-
Tai-wei-hsün, Pai-chʻi-erh 1914-2010
دافدسن، بازل
デヴィッドソン, バズル
デヴィドスン, B
デヴイドソンバジル 1914-2010
デビッドソン, B
デビッドソン, バジル
English (656)
French (68)
German (29)
Spanish (24)
Italian (22)
Japanese (13)
Portuguese (13)
Swedish (9)
Danish (6)
Czech (5)
Polish (4)
Chinese (3)
Croatian (3)
Dutch (3)
Romanian (2)
Greek, Modern (1)
Russian (1)