History | History of Western Africa
E534 | 2873 | Brooks

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. 10,000 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 Cabo 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.