By Steve Bloomfield
Africa United is the tale of contemporary day Africa informed via its football. traveling throughout 13 nations, from Cairo to the Cape, Steve Bloomfield, the previous Africa Correspondent for The Independent, meets gamers and enthusiasts, politicians and insurgent leaders, studying the function that football has performed in shaping the continent. This wide-ranging and incisive e-book investigates Africa’s love of football, its expanding international effect, the build-up to the 2010 global Cup itself and the social and political backdrop to the best exhibit on the earth.
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N onetheless, starting in the humid period, groups of sedentary fishermen using canoes and harpoons and decorating pottery in "dotted waves" lived on the shores of Lake E d ward at Ishango and , much later, on those of Lake Victoria and in the Kagera valley (the Kansyore site ) . 4 From then on, a civilization at odds with fishing and fish, which became the subject of several dietary restrictions, developed in the area known as interlacustrine Africa. Still, the valleys and lakes continued to be areas of activities and beliefs that deserve to be better understood , even if for t h e l a s t three thousand years they have b e e n marginal to the dominant culture and often reserved for scorned groups.
Confusion is also evident among the Western partners of these countries. History is invoked not just in ministerial cabinet meet ings or Rwandan and Congolese nightclubs but also at the World Bank, the Q uai d'O rsay, the offices of Medecins sans Frontieres, and various Christian missions. At a time when funding for field research c o m e s less and less fro m academia, strange debates on historiography t ake place in which economists, sociologists, political scientists, medical experts, and agronomists intervene.
These traits suggested a distinct cultural personality, at least in the state in which they were directly observed during the nineteenth century. Indeed, even if the region is today torn apart, its homogeneity is striking. The Great Lakes region is fundamentally different from the Congolese basin mosaic and the East African plateaus. But for the historian, interest lies in the rifts in this ensemble , including regional variations - notably between the western mountains and the riparian low plateaus around Lake Victoria - and in the socio cultural cleavages at the center of each polity.
Africa United: Soccer, Passion, Politics, and the First World Cup in Africa by Steve Bloomfield