Portuguese Expansion to Africa and the Atlantic World, 1440-1640
Spring 2012 not offered
HIST 299, ARHA 268
|Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies
|Course Cluster: African Studies
This course on European overseas expansion in the early modern era, the 15th to the 17th centuries, studies the Portuguese sea-borne empire, with a focus on Africa. The course examines the origins of culture contact between Europe and Africa and the creation of mixed cultures, two defining characteristics of the modern world. We will approach the subject matter in an interdisciplinary manner, drawing on the methodologies of history and art history.
We will study primarily secondary historical sources as well as travel narratives from the 15th to the 17th centuries. Paintings and sculpture also offer insight into European attitudes toward people of different cultures and physical appearance. We will consider both sculpture made by West African artists and paintings by European artists. Together, written documents and artistic depictions of Africans and of Europeans afford us an understanding of an era that was critical to the formation of intercultural contact and the establishment of European images of Africans.
This course studies the origins of intercultural contact in the Modern World.
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|Course Format: Lecture
|Grading Mode: Graded
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
T. Earle and K. Lowe, eds., BLACK AFRICANS IN RANAISSANCE EUROPE
Philip Morgan and R. Kagan, eds., ATLANTIC DIASPORAS: JEWS AND CRYPTO-JEWS IN THE AGE OF MERCANTILISM, 1500-1800, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
David Eltis and David Richardson, eds., EXTENDING THE FRONTIERS: ESSAYS ON THE NEW TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE DATABASE, Yale University Press, 2008.
Peter Mark and Josť Horta, THE FORGOTTEN DIASPORA: 17TH-CENTURY SEPHARDIC MERCHANTS FROM LISBON TO SENEGAL TO AMSTERDAM, Cambridge University Press, 2010.
|Examinations and Assignments:
Midterm exam and final exam, short written reports on readings, final 10pp. paper
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments:
There will be a mandatory class trip on a Saturday to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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