Undergraduate Catalog 2018-19 
    Oct 21, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2018-19 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HIS 2431 - African History Before 1885

3 cr
An introduction to the richness of African history before its wholesale colonization by Europeans. This course explores societies across the continent, including ancient Egypt, Nubia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Kongo, Zimbabwe, the Zulu kingdom, and the trading city states of the Swahili coast, as well as smaller stateless societies. We explore the role of long-distance trade in shaping the political, economic, social and cultural history of African societies, including the trans-Saharan, Indian Ocean and transatlantic trade. The course begins with ancient Egypt and ends with the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, and the beginnings of European colonization.
This course fulfills the World Views Frame of Reference.