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

SYLLABUS


"Believe those who are seeking truth. Doubt those who find it."
(André Gide)

"If you wish to know who I am,
If you wish me to teach you what I know,
Cease for the while to be what you are
And forget what you know"
(Tierno Bokar, sage of Bandiagara)

 

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

Week 1 - INTRODUCTION

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Backgrounds


Week 2 - GEOGRAPHY AND THE DAWN OF HISTORY

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Week 3 - CREATING CLASSICAL AFRICAN CIVILIZATIONS

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Week 4 -FARMERS NORTH AND SOUTH OF THE SAHARA

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Challenges of Classical Africa

 

Week 5 - AFRICAN CONCEPTUALIZATIONS OF LIFE

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

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

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

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Week 9 - RED SEA AND INDIAN OCEAN CONTACTS (500-1500 CE)

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Africa 1500-1800

 

Week 10 - AFRICA AND THE ATLANTIC ECONOMY

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Week 11 - STRUGGLES OVER THE ATLANTIC TRADE IN WESTERN AFRICA

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

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

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Week 14 - EXAM

THANKSGIVING BREAK

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Week 15 -REVIEW

FINAL EXAMINATION - 12 December (Friday) - 2:00 PM

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