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Reversing Sail
A History of the African Diaspora

2nd Edition

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Part of Cambridge Studies on the African Diaspora

  • Date Published: November 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108712439

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  • Beginning with antiquity, Reversing Sail: A History of the African Diaspora captures the essential political, cultural, social, and economic developments that shaped the black experience. In this second edition, Michael A. Gomez updates the text to include the most recent research on the African Diaspora. Continuing to pay particular attention to the lives of the working classes, the second edition expands its temporal boundaries to include developments into the twenty-first century, as well as integrating women and feminist perspectives more thoroughly. It also widens the geographical span to include Latin America, while incorporating more on African experiences in Europe, North Africa, and the Persian Gulf. Assessing the impact of religion, global trade, slavery and resistance, and the challenges of modernity, this edition further connects the experiences of Africans and their descendants over time and space, attending to both convergences and divergences, while explaining how the deep past informs subsequent developments.

    • Updates the text of the first edition with the most recent research on the African Diaspora
    • Expands its temporal boundaries to include developments into the twenty-first century, including a sustained analysis of African wars of independence and immigration since World War II
    • Widens the geographic span to include Latin America, while incorporating more material on the African experience in Europe, North Africa, and the Persian Gulf
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    'No other study seeks to identify and globally illuminate the African diaspora from antiquity to the present day. This second edition of Reversing Sail is a must-read for general undergraduate course development, but also important for a popular informative and cognitive understanding of Africa’s role in world history.' Margaret Washington, Cornell University, New York

    'This gem of a book conveys the uniqueness of the African diaspora among migrations of humankind. Gomez, the leading chronicler of the diaspora, elicits insight and inspiration in tracing the achievements of antiquity, the brave and effective responses to centuries of enslavement and empire, and the recent generations of creative genius in cultural leadership.' Patrick Manning, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of World History, Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh

    'In Reversing Sail, Michael A. Gomez gives us the full sweep of the early African diaspora - not just the story of slavery, but the story of Africans with their lives, their languages, and their civilization as it encountered Europe. For those who were enslaved, the story goes beyond the bare-bones narrative of plantation and service to include the transformation of African culture by that of America, and the African part in the creation of the culture of the Americas.' John Thornton, Boston University

    'Reversing Sail will endure as the most competent book to introduce generations of students to what we now characterize as the African diaspora, as well as yielding considerable knowledge on the Indian Ocean, the Black Atlantic, Atlantic History, and World History.' Toyin Falola, Frances and Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities, University of Texas, Austin

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108712439
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 30 b/w illus. 8 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. 'Old' World Dimensions and the First Wave:
    1. Antiquity
    2. Africans and the Bible
    3. Africans and the Islamic World
    Part II. 'New' World Realities and Diaspora's Second Wave (to 1945):
    4. Transatlantic moment and the dawn of modernity
    5. Enslavement
    6. Asserting the right to be
    7. Reconnecting
    Part III. Empire's Dismantling and the Third Wave (since 1945):
    8. Movement people
    9. Global Africa in the era of Mandela and Obama

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    Michael A. Gomez, New York University
    Michael A. Gomez is Silver Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Studies at New York University, and Director of NYU's Center for the Study of Africa and the African Diaspora (CSAAD). He is also Series Editor of the Cambridge Studies on the African Diaspora. In addition to the first edition of Reversing Sail: A History of the African Diaspora (Cambridge, 2004), he is the author of several books, including African Dominion: A New History of Empire in Early and Medieval West Africa (2018) and Black Crescent: African Muslims in the Americas (2005).

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