8 Jul, 1999 960 History of Africa

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Africa. It could be seen as the great test of the West; economically, intellectually, spiritually. The “dark continent” was seen as a source of power for the West through its natural resources, a place of harvest for western religious missionaries, a prize area for anthropologists - a dark continent to be illuminated by our western lights. Now, darker, all but extinguished some think, by the attentions of its invaders, Africa is outside the take-up of the twentieth century it seems. But is this received view is merely cliched and too easily pessimistic.

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  • Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr No other episodes
    Chair of the Afro-American Studies Department, Harvard University
  • Anthony Sampson No other episodes
    Writer, journalist and author of Mandela: The Authorised Biography

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