History | African History: Ancient Empires
E531 | 6526 | Brooks
This course surveys the history of Africa from Paleolithic times to
the mid-18th century. There are no prerequisites. Topics include
the development of agriculture and pastoralism south of the Sahara;
Egypt and Kush; Carthage and North Africa to Roman times; Axum and
Graeco-Roman trade; East Africa’s trading relations with the peoples
of the Indian Ocean: Indonesians, Arabs, Persians, and Indians;
Bantu migrations; the development of Swahili communities; West
Africa and trans-Saharan trade; and the Atlantic and Indian Ocean
slave trades. All assignments are on Reserve at the Library.
There will be a practice map quiz, two “mini-exams”, a mid-term
exam, and a final examination. Graduate students are responsible
for a ten-page research paper.