Africa's Great Civilizations

Africa's Great Civilizations

DVD - 2017
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"Africa's Great Civilizations In his six-hour series, Africa's Great Civilizations, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a new look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing, and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their own rich civilizations, but also the wider world. Professor Gates travels the length and breadth of Africa to chronicle the continent's history from a firmly African perspective. His journey takes him from the city of Great Zimbabwe, to the pyramids of Meroe, and the spectacular rock-hewn churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia. The epic story that he tells is full of surprises and unexpected connections, helping us to appreciate the collective and individual genius of Africans who, across thousands of years, built civilizations and empires, fought wars, established great cities, furthered and spread learning, and created some of the most sublime art and architecture in human history."


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Jan 18, 2019

Wonderfully interesting and educational. This should be essential viewing for anyone (i.e., everyone) who had been taught that the African continent had nothing of value to contribute to human history prior to European colonization. Bravo, Dr. Gates!

Aug 18, 2017

This is a good resource. Henry takes a survey of Africa that is good for the average viewer. He depicts a more honest look at a section of chattle slavery. More needs to be offered there to shatter myths most hold on that period. There is much to know but the media and scope is not an attempt comparable to Will Durant who spent his entire life writing a history series. Maybe this can inspire others to make further scholarship.

Jul 03, 2017

I think I don't like it when camera constantly jumps from one expert to the other, it is hard even to tell whose voice you hear.
A lot of well-known banalities, at least to my taste. This documentary might be educational and interesting only for someone who not only never studied world history but also never watched or read anything about African civilizations.
On the good side - some scenes are really beautiful.


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