This course offers a survey of African history from ancient times to the end of the eighteenth century. We begin with human origins, and framing how the image and history of Africa has been constructed. The geography and climate of Africa are examined, and how they impacted human migration and development. There is an exploration of early African interaction with cultivating plants and domesticating animals. A substantial amount of time will be devoted to examining what the disciplines of Archeobotany, Archaeology, Linguistics, Egyptology, African Literature, and Egyptology contribute to the construction of African History, and areas where there are debates. There is a focus on the African encounter with Europeans and its effects on African culture. Lastly, the impact of the Atlantic Slave Trade on Africa is examined from the viewpoint of narratives which can offer agency and a centered- perspective when constructing events in African history.
Students will be able to: