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By Bruce S. Hall

The mobilization of neighborhood principles approximately racial distinction has been very important in producing, and intensifying, civil wars that experience happened because the finish of colonial rule in all the nations that straddle the southern fringe of the Sahara wasteland. From Sudan to Mauritania, the racial different types deployed in modern conflicts frequently hearken again to an older heritage within which blackness might be equated with slavery and non-blackness with predatory and uncivilized banditry. This booklet strains the improvement of arguments approximately race over a interval of greater than 350 years in a single vital position alongside the southern fringe of the Sahara wilderness: the Niger Bend in northern Mali. utilizing Arabic records held in Timbuktu, in addition to neighborhood colonial resources in French and oral interviews, Bruce S. corridor reconstructs an African highbrow historical past of race that lengthy predated colonial conquest, and which has persisted to orient inter-African kinfolk ever since.

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