Why Did Historians Of Europe Doubt That Africa Had Real History And How Have Scholars Of Africa Attempeted To Prove Them Wrong

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Currently in the XXI century, several researchers are still trying to study and discover more about the history of Africa, which is a huge continent with historical, cultural, linguistic, racial and geographical diversity. However the methods used to discover the history of a continent varies among European or African historians. Such researchers have different ways of seeing what really proves the history of the people, if the best way is by vivid history, archaeological, written or oral records. Due to the different point of view of European nation, that prefer to believe in concrete materials for study like written sources, arises the doubt whether Africa actually had real history is the ...view middle of the document...

Those empires was deeply destroyed from the XV century after the Berlin Conference where it was decided the partition of Africa in areas of influence of European powers. During this time African colonies were to follow the order of their European colonizers, receive new influences, and be educated because africans were considered wild people with late political models and way of living. Only with the end of the second world war between 1960 and 1975 that African countries started to gain their independence from European countries. The current problem of poverty in the African continent exists due to the unsustainable increase of the population. This fact obstructs the local economy and hinders their development.
The doubt about African capacity and history started many years ago with thinkings similar to George Hegel ones, that was a German philosopher that believes in a superiority of white people in relation to black ones and shape the actual concept of racism. With him and others justifiers it was declared that Africa doesn’t have her own history and all required history came just after the contact with Europeans. The African population didn’t know how to develop the country and take care of themselves, and that’s why they needed a leader (more specifically England and France ). The best conclusion to be drawn with it is that the European superiority simply denied all history and previous understanding of Africa and it’s population(1).
A good example of it can be the fact that the Manding society accepts the oral tradition as a source of information about their history. Their history is narrated with dialogue between characters and include folklore, supernatural beings, magic and mythological elements, however European academics are quite cautious with it and doesn’t accept it well because they doubt about historical accuracy(2).
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