History | History of Western Africa
E334 | 2660 | Brooks


TR 2:30P-3:45P BH333

A portion of the above section reserved for majors. Above section carries
Culture Studies credit.

E334 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.