History 276 Early Africa

Description of the Course: The purpose of this course is twofold. First, it will offer students a broad outline of political and social developments in Africa-topics covered will include ancient trade between Africa and the Mediterranean region, the rise of the great medieval empires of Ghana and Mali, the creation of a distinctive Swahili Coast culture and the impact of slavery and slave trade upon African societies. Second, the course will introduce students to the specific tools used by historians in the study of early Africa. In evaluating how best to write the history of non-literate peoples, students will consider, among other possibilities, the use of historical linguistics, archaeology and oral traditions.

Class Time: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 11:30AM-12:20PM

This course is taught by: Professor Poppy Fry

Saint Anselm College, a Benedictine, Catholic, Liberal Arts College
100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, New Hampshire 03102

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