HIAF 201 Early African History through the Era of the Slave Trade

Mr. Joseph C. Miller

Cabell 345, TR 9:30-10:45 am

Office: Levering 210 (East Range - "Hotel F")
Hours: Wed. 2:00-3:30 pm, Thur. 2:00-3:30 pm
Phone: 924-6395
E-mail: jcm7a@virginia.edu or jmiller@virginia.edu

Teaching Associate

Calvin Schermerhorn

Section 101 -- Wed 1:00-1:50 PM (Minor 130)
Section 102 -- Wed 9:00-9:50 AM (Cabell 247)
(Wake-up) Section 103 -- Fri 8:00-8:50 AM (Cabell 334)

Office: Minor Hall, room 124 (Woodson Institute)
Hours: Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon (and by appointment)
Phone: 296-9662 [home]
E-mail: jls4ac@virginia.edu


Course Description:

History 201 introduces undergraduates to the early history of Africa, with emphasis on “Black” Africa south of the Sahara. The course begins with the origins of historical civilizations in the later “stone age” (ca. 25,000 BCE) and runs through the late-eighteenth centuryyears of Africa’s most intensive losses of people as slaves. It concentrates on people and their accomplishments indigenous to Africa and therefore notices the European and other visitors whom most American students might recognize primarily as people in Africa took them into account or influenced them. Such extraneous (though related) topics in European or world history as Islam, the Atlantic slave trade, European wars that touched African shores, the “African” diaspora in the New World, and missionaries or explorers from Europe receive attention mainly in their implications for people in Africa. The emphasis on Africa in this course provides an valuable alternative perspective on these, and other, seemingly familiar events.

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