Discussion

 

Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Week 1 - INTRODUCTION

Discuss (time available): your assumptions about Africa's past

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Background

 

Week 2 - GEOGRAPHY AND THE DAWN OF HISTORY

Be prepared to discuss: “prehistory” and “history”; do lectures and readings agree?; reading to prepare for the map quizzes -- Be prepared to take: second map quiz

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Week 3 - CREATING CLASSICAL AFRICAN CIVILIZATIONS

Be prepared to discuss: Archaeology and history; do lectures and readings agree?; Be prepared to take: third map quiz

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Week 4 -FARMERS NORTH AND SOUTH OF THE SAHARA

Be prepared to discuss: ancient Egypt’s place in Africa; linguistics and history; do lectures and readings agree?; Be prepared to take: fourth map quiz

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Challenges of Classical Africa

 

Week 5 - AFRICAN CONCEPTUALIZATIONS OF LIFE

Be prepared to discuss: is Africa more “religious” than anyplace else?; how do people “use” their religious outlooks in daily life?; Be prepared to take: fifth map quiz

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Week 6 - ENVIRONMENTAL ADAPTATION AND POLITICAL STRATEGIES (500-1500 CE)

Be prepared to discuss: What new sorts of communities did people invent for themselves as the settlement “frontier” closed?; were these “religious”, “political”, or what?; Be prepared to take: sixth map quiz.

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Week 7 - COMPLEXITIES OF CENTRALIZING POWER 9500-1500 CE)

Be prepared to discuss: oral traditions as history. Be prepared to take: seventh map quiz

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Week 8 - "STATES" AND STRATEGIES IN THE FORESTS (500-1500 CE)

Be prepared to review: first mid-term examination.; Be prepared to take: eighth map quiz

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Week 9 - RED SEA AND INDIAN OCEAN CONTACTS (500-1400 CE)

NO DISCUSSION SECTIONS

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Africa 1500-1800

 

Week 10 - AFRICA AND THE ATLANTIC ECONOMY

Be prepared to discuss: What was the importance of the Atlantic slave trade, to Africa?; Be prepared to take: ninth map quiz

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Week 11 - STRUGGLES OVER THE ATLANTIC TRADE IN WESTERN AFRICA

Be prepared to discuss: “Sudanic empires” revisited; politics and protection or exploitation (collaborators or entrepreneurs)? Be prepared to take: tenth map quiz

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Week 12 - ORGANIZING COMMERCE IN CENTRAL AND SOUTHEASTERN AFRICA, 16TH-18TH C.

Be prepared to discuss: issues raised by Manning; Be prepared to take: eleventh map quiz

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Week 13 - THE "EUROPEAN" FACTOR BEFORE THE NINETEENTH CENTURY

Be prepared to discuss: culture, race, and identities; Be prepared to review : second mid-term examination; Be prepared to take: twelfth map quiz

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Week 14 - EXAM

NO DISCUSSION SECTIONS (no map quiz)

THANKSGIVING BREAK

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Week 15 -REVIEW

Be prepared to discuss: the hard questions of African history; preparing for the final examination; Be prepared to take: thirteenth map quiz

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