By Alton Hornsby Jr.
A significant other to African American heritage is a suite of unique and authoritative essays prepared thematically and topically, protecting quite a lot of topics from the 17th century to the current day.
- Analyzes the foremost resources and the main influential books and articles within the box
- Includes discussions of globalization, area, migration, gender, type and social forces that make up the wide cultural cloth of African American historical past
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Historiographically, Blakely, Gerzina, Gilroy, and others point to a need for the intellectual interrogation of the historical players they present – the “Afro-European” – in the pre-modern eras. This is not simply the interrogation of a physical presence, but a conceptual and intellectual one as well. The “Whitest of the White”: Elizabethan England So here we might open with the question of how Africa has shaped the European conceptual landscape. From that consideration we might unearth some tangible elements that allow for the concrete historical construction of Africans in European space before the voyages of Columbus.
Is Geoffrey dating a Carthaginian/African presence in the British Isles as early as the close of the Second Punic War? By the same token, why is a chronicler of ﬁfth-century Britain so taken with Africa? There are numerous allusions to Africa. One in particular clearly indicates how Geoffrey deﬁnes the “Moor”/“Saracen” of his time. Geoffrey writes that the rise of Arthur will strike fear into the “Moor”/“Saracen”: “The Arab and the African shall be adread of him, for even into furthest Spain shall sweep the swiftness of his career” (Geoffrey of Monmouth 1848: 143).
He goes on to state that “The British frontier was garrisoned by all kinds . . even Orientals . . ” For these people, our contemporary “barriers of colour and race and language . . were absolutely unknown in the Roman world” (Collingwood 1923: 13–16, 20–1). The cultural and physical interaction that deﬁned the Roman world, and a cosmopolitan Roman identity, rested in large part on the Roman military and its auxilii. “Maures” (“Moors”), “Numidians,” “Ethiopians,” “Blemmyes,” “Troglodytes,” “Egyptians,” “Libyans,” “Nobadae,” “Africans,” and so on, served Roman interests in Britain for three centuries or more (Jones 1964: 611; Edwards 1990: 2).
A Companion to African American History by Alton Hornsby Jr.