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Not very long ago Africa's history was considered short; and if "men existed" in the "dark centuries" preceding the advent of the Portuguese, it was felt that they fell more within the province of anthropology than of history. Such was the view of historian Hugh Trevor-Roper, cited in the preface to a work offered as a corrective, the groundbreaking 1969 Oxford History of South Africa.  As notoriously, the continent's pre-colonial past was characterized by Trevor-Roper as "the unrewardingdoi:10.5860/choice.43-1670 fatcat:ubhtww52xbhtpls6chh75hsxza