HISTORY 246 - Africa to 1850
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course is a survey of African history, from about 3000 BCE until the middle of the nineteenth century CE. We will focus our attention on the following major themes in pre-colonial African history:

  • The Development of Social Complexity
  • African Political Cultures
  • Religion (African Traditional Religions, Islam, and Christianity)
  • Transformations in Gender Relations
  • Slavery and the Slave Trades
  • African history beyond the continent: The Making of African Diasporas
  • Increasing European Encroachment

Africa is very large — 3 ½ times the size of the continental U.S. — so covering roughly five millennia of its history could never be accomplished in an exhaustive way for the whole of the continent in thirteen weeks! Our approach will be to explore this history through five regional case studies each highlighting particular themes:

  1. Egypt and the Greater Nile Valley
  2. West Africa, the Sahara, and the Maghrib
  3. West-Central Africa
  4. East Africa and the Swahili coast
  5. Southern Africa

BOOKS:

  • Erik Gilbert and Jonathan T. Reynolds, Africa in World History: From Prehistory to the Present
  • John Thornton, The Kongolese Saint Anthony: Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vita and the Antonian Movement: 1684-1706

EVALUATION METHOD:

  • Exam #1 : 25 %
  • Exam #2 : 25%
  • Paper : 25%
  • Participation: 25%
  • Discussion

HISTORY 246 - Africa to 1850
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
12300
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0
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
P
19165
Open
6
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
P
19166
Closed
0
 
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
19167
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0
 
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Th 9:00AM - 10:00AM
005 (DIS)
P
29087
Open
19
21LSA Hnrs
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W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Note: Section 005: LSA Honors only.
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