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African History before 1870
HIST 217 FA
Adaptation, exchange and mobility characterized African history before the era of formal European colonialism. This course examines these themes across all the regions of the continent including ancient Egypt, the West
sahel, the Swahili coast, and southern Africa. We also analyze how source materials shape our understanding of state-building, the slave trade, and the spread of Islam and Christianity.
Required reading: (Books available for purchase at Broad Street Books and on reserve)
Joyce Tyldesley, DAUGHTERS OF ISIS: WOMEN IN ANCIENT EGYPT
Said Hamdun and Noel King, IBN BATTUTA IN BLACK AFRICA
and Banna Kanute, SUNJATA
Thornton, THE KONGOLESE SAINT ANTHONY: DONA BEATRIZ KIMPA VITA AND THE ANTONIAN MOVEMENT, 1684-1706
Maryse Condé, SEGU
David Robinson and Douglas Smith, SOURCES OF THE AFRICAN PAST: CASE STUDIES OF FIVE
NINETEENTH-CENTURY AFRICAN SOCIETIES
Keita! Heritage of the Griot
Tree of Iron
Gorée: Door of no Return
Wonders of the African World
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Weekly reading responses, in-class midterm, two short papers, exam-week final.
Gen Ed Area Dept:
Links to Web Resources For This Course.
- Instructor(s): Semley,Lorelle D.
- Times: .M.W.F. 10:00AM-10:50AM; Location: VVO110;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 40)
- SR. major: 5 Jr. major: 5
- SR. non-major: 5 Jr. non-major: 5 SO: 10 FR: 10
- Curricular Renewal: Speaking, Writing
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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