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8 part series by Basil Davidson. The story is unfolded on location all over Africa, showing life as it is today, plus archive film and dramatized reconstructions. Two programs per cassette, each an hour long. 1984. Different But Equal (Part 1). Describes how some of the world's greatest early civilizations had their origins in the heart of black Africa and discusses some of their artistic, technical and scientific achievements. Mastering a Continent (Part 2). Looks at two important developments in early African society, the growth of cattle keeping and agriculture. Focuses on the activities of three communities, the Pokot in Northern Kenya, Sukor in Nigeria and the Dogon of Mali. Caravans of Gold (Part 3).Traces the trade routes which stretched from Africa to Asia and southern Europe long before the arrival of the white man in Africa. The coming of the Portuguese in 1498 marked the beginning of the collapse of these trading networks and the demise of the great civilizations which they supported. The King and the City (Part 4).Explores the structure of medieval African kingdoms and visits Kano in Nigeria, where a king still holds court in his 15th century palace, and ancient rituals continue to command the respect of the people. The Bible and the Gun (Part 5). Looks at the impact on African society of three different groups; slave traders, missionaries and colonialists. This Magnificent African Cake (Part 6).Traces the major developments of African history between the 1800's and 1945. Looks at the different ways colonial rule was established and the emergence of nationalist movements, focusing on Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Mozambique. The Rise of Nationalism (Part 7). Follows the course of the major independence struggles beginning with the situation in the Gold Coast and concluding with the fight for majority rule in Zimbabwe and South Africa. The Legacy (Part 8).Explores the problems and successes of the African states in the aftermath of colonial rule. Includes interviews with several African statesmen.