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    Vassar College
   
 
  Sep 20, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018
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HIST 271 - Perspectives on the African Past: Africa Before 1800


1 unit(s)
(Same as AFRS 271 ) A thematic survey of African civilizations and societies to 1800. The course examines how demographic and technological changes, warfare, religion, trade, and external relations shaped the evolution of the Nile Valley civilizations, the East African city-states, the empires of the western Sudan, and the forest kingdoms of West Africa. Some attention is devoted to the consequences of the Atlantic slave trade, which developed from Europe’s contact with Africa from the fifteenth century onwards. Ismail Rashid.

Not offered in 2017/18.

Two 75-minute periods.



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