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Quantity I of this acclaimed sequence is now to be had in an abridged paperback version. the results of years of labor through students from around the world, The UNESCO basic background of Africa displays how the several peoples of Africa view their civilizations and exhibits the ancient relationships among a few of the components of the continent. historic connections with different continents exhibit Africa's contribution to the improvement of human civilization. each one quantity is lavishly illustrated and includes a entire bibliography.

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