Part of an excellent new Black History series from a British author, this title seeks to instill a sense of pride in African history and to question previously eurocentric accounts of its peoples and ancient civilisations. It celebrates the highly developed cultures in existence from 3400 BC to 1900, and presents evidence of their rich legacy in terms of architecture, scientific and artistic achievements. Short chapters give contrasting viewpoints: an overview of a kingdom or empire alternates with a close focus on some aspect of life at that time. The layout draws in the reader with a variety of texts and a fascinating array of visual materials. There is also a timeline, glossary, bibliography and list of websites for further research.