History | E534 2778 History of Western Africa 2:30-3:45 TR BH345 Brooks
E534 | 2778 | Brooks G

	Above section meets with HIST E334

E534 studies Africa west of the Niger bend and Bandama river.  Topics
covered in the first part of the course include climate and ecological
changes from c. 10000 B.C. to the present; the development of agriculture
and the spread of pastoralism; the expansion of trade networks linking
ecological zones and the Atlantic littoral; and the empires of Ghana,
Takrur, and Mali.  The second part of the course discusses the consequences
of European trade along the coast and rivers of western Africa;
reciprocities between African "landlords" and European "strangers"; the Cape
Verde-archipelago western Africa nexus; and the spread of Islam and the
founding of theocratic states.  The last part of the course covers European
conquest and colonial rule; the integration of western Africa into the
world-economy; European social and cultural influences; independence
movements; and contemporary inter-state and international relationships.

Assignments are on UGL Reserve.  There will be a practice map quiz, two
"mini-exams", a mid-term examination, and a final examination.  Graduate
students are responsible for a ten page research paper.