HISTORY 246 - Africa to 1850
Fall 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History


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May not be repeated for credit.
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The history of early Africa is expansive, encompassing several millennia and several thousands of square miles. It entails the peopling of a continent, the rise of centralized kingdoms and long-distance trade networks, technological innovation, the birth of diverse cultural forms and social identities, violent confrontations, and creative ideas about what it means to live together. It is also a difficult history to access as most African civilizations before the 19th century prioritized unwritten forms of communication. This class presents several important episodes in the long history of early African civilization, and introduces students to the ways historians of the distant past think about and use various forms of evidence including language, material culture, oral traditions and folklore.

Intended Audience:

Anyone interested in the history of modern Africa is welcome.

Class Format:

Lecture and discussion.


HISTORY 246 - Africa to 1850
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001 (LEC)
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
Note: Instruction is remote and a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous. Enrolled students are expected to be available remotely during scheduled class times. Remote-only students are welcome.

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