HISTORY OF AFRICA, I (TO 1800)
PRE-COLONIAL AFRICAN HISTORY (Survey Course)
HIS 201 (Fall 1999)
Edmund Abaka, 625 F Ashe
Tel: (305) 284-3702
This course is designed to give students a general understanding of the history of pre-colonial Africa (Africa before 1800). To this end, prominence is given to the sources available for the study of African history, the historical geography of Africa, and social institutions. This is designed to facilitate an understanding not only of the different marriage, family and kinship systems in African countries, but also, an understanding of modern trends on the African continent.
African political institutions are also discussed through an analysis of state systems -- Egypt, Kush, Meroe, Ghana, Mali, Songhai etc. - and non-state systems. African economic activities will also be examined to show the connections between trade, state formation, and decline of
states. Slavery, the slave trade, and its impact on the continent will be thoroughly explored to delineate the creation of the African Diaspora in Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. The last segment of the course discusses African Religion, Islam, Christianity and European
missionary activity in Africa. This "triple heritage" of Africa will help to understand the crisis of our time.
The course will be taught through a combination of lectures, videotapes, audio tapes, art work, and historical fiction.
Vincent Khapoya, The African Experience. An Introduction (Prentice Hall, 1998);
Kevin Shillington, History of Africa (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1995);
Constance B. Hilliard, Intellectual Traditions of Pre-Colonial Africa (Boston & Dubuque, 1998).
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
*The course may in future be a requirement for all African history courses.
Eric O. Ayisi, An Introduction to the Study of African Cultures. Heinemann Educational, 1972.
Efua T. Sutherland, Edufa Longman 1967
J.S. Mbiti, African Religions and Philosophy. Heinemann Educational, 1969.
Chikh Anta Diop, The African Origin of Civilization. Myth or Reality (ed. and trans., Mercer Cook). Lawrence Hill and Company
Martin Bernal, Black Athena vol. 1
Martin Bernal, Black Athena vol. 2