African History Before 1870|
Fall 2009 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations|
|Course Cluster: African Studies|
Adaptation, exchange, and mobility characterized African history before the era of formal European colonialism. This course examines these themes across all the regions of the continent including ancient Egypt, the West African Sahel, the Swahili coast, and southern Africa. We also analyze how source materials shape our understanding of key themes in African history including state-building, slave trades, gender, and the spread of Islam and Christianity.
This course introduces students to changing African cultures and societies over several centuries.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFST-MN)(CGST-MN)(HIST-MN)(HIST)
Required reading: (Books available for purchase at Broad Street Books and on reserve)
Joyce Tyldesley, DAUGHTERS OF ISIS: WOMEN IN ANCIENT EGYPT
Said Hamdun and Noel King, IBN BATTUTA IN BLACK AFRICA
Bamba Suso and Banna Kanute, SUNJATA
John Thornton, THE KONGOLESE SAINT ANTHONY: DONA BEATRIZ KIMPA VITA AND THE ANTONIAN MOVEMENT, 1684-1706
Maryse Condé, SEGU
David Robinson and Douglas Smith, SOURCES OF THE AFRICAN PAST: CASE STUDIES OF FIVE NINETEENTH-CENTURY AFRICAN SOCIETIES
Keita! Heritage of the Griot
Tree of Iron
Gorée: Door of no Return
Wonders of the African World
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly reading responses, in-class midterm, two short papers, exam-week final.
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