ANTHONY BROWDER NILE VALLEY CONTRIBUTIONS TO CIVILIZATION PDF

Start your review of Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization: Exploding the Myths Write a review Dec 03, Irvin rated it it was amazing Definitely a first book to read to begin to open your eyes to see how much has been stolen from us. Feb 26, Levon Valle rated it really liked it Exploding the Myths is a quintessential read for any and everyone who claims Afrikan descent. It encapsulates the key ideology of Afrocentrism better than any other offers before it. While not a perfect book, this work otherwise succeeds in demonstrating that collectively, people of Afrikan descent have contributed greatly to the world. However, as the name suggests, Browder is more concerned with reclaiming and defending the most famous of Afrikan civilizations: the people of Kemet.

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Start your review of Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization: Exploding the Myths Write a review Dec 03, Irvin rated it it was amazing Definitely a first book to read to begin to open your eyes to see how much has been stolen from us. Feb 26, Levon Valle rated it really liked it Exploding the Myths is a quintessential read for any and everyone who claims Afrikan descent.

It encapsulates the key ideology of Afrocentrism better than any other offers before it. While not a perfect book, this work otherwise succeeds in demonstrating that collectively, people of Afrikan descent have contributed greatly to the world. However, as the name suggests, Browder is more concerned with reclaiming and defending the most famous of Afrikan civilizations: the people of Kemet. Thus, those Exploding the Myths is a quintessential read for any and everyone who claims Afrikan descent.

Thus, those looking for a more general survey of Afrikan contributions will be unsatisfied. Of course, the success of this book also brings to light other questions and cultural dilemmas that still have not been answered, which I will pose.

Exploding the Myths shines when Browder focuses on what he has lived and breathed: the field of Egyptology. His overview of the Dynastic period and their culture - along with his tidbits of surprise information- is breathtaking and extensive. From their rise to their fall, he acts as a muse for history, stopping along at key moments to contemplate various details, such as their mark on other civilizations, including our own.

The well-documented whitening of Afrikan history is explored, and as a true critical thinker, Browder poses interesting questions without forcing us to accept his point of view. The evidence - or lack of- is there, and it is in this avenue where I find Browder is at his best in presenting his thesis.

Take for instance, the popular book The Stolen Legacy, which has been debunked for its poorly researched thesis. Should we really "claim" the accomplishments of a society that was inherently a mixed racial population as uniquely "Black"?

Why must we continuously appropriate the accomplishments of other cultures - the latest being Asian- instead of acknowledging a more diverse ethnic heritage?

Yet, in respect to Native American culture, Browder falters by trying to interpolate any non-european similarities other cultures have as specifically of Kemetian origin, when his book would be better served investigating the histories of other Afrikan nations like those of Ghana in order to display a profound sense of Pan-Afrikan unity.

One of my key problems, as a Black Nationalist, with contemporary ideas of Afrikan identity is that Eurocentrism itself has now influenced what we are willing to accept within our own culture, oftentimes becoming reactionary. The ethnic conflicts in this country as well as the motherland are evident of this. With respect to the deviations Exploding the Myths takes in its thesis, this behavior often relegates us to parroting out responses that coincide with what white supremacy has established as acceptable.

However liberating this cultural tug and war game may feel, few of the people initiated are actually learning something meaningful and in the worst cases, exhibit prejudices that further compartmentalize the Pan-Afrikan experience into a culturally naive and nostalgic perspective. As a work challenging Eurocentrism and making an argument for the worldwide cultural impact of Kemet, he succeeds and enlightens many. Browder rarely falters, and instead of arriving at baseless assumptions, he always allows the critical mind to decide for itself, which is proof of his merit as an exemplar and true student of both his field and his personal beliefs.

There is no doubt that many minds will be changed, and hopefully, those who truly adhere to his ideas will seek to broaden their Afrikan history beyond one that revolves around merely one location in our great continent.

Exploding the Myths is a triumph. Aug 01, Randall rated it it was amazing Great Book! Oct 01, Bri rated it it was amazing This book is a in depth look into the history of a great people. It shows you how names have changed over time This book is a great introduction to anyone seeking to gain knowledge of self.

Just to see a glimpse of all that was stolen from us. I will be reading more like it.

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