This course consists of a survey of African history to 1800, Along with historical knowledge, it seeks to give students a basic familiarity with the geography of the continent, as well as to provide an overview of African languages. Through the analysis of secondary as well as of primary sources, students will be introduced to and further examine the development of pre-colonial African societies until around 1800 when the abolishment of the Atlantic slave trade coincided with the growth of European direct influence on the continent. The course, including lectures, documentaries, and discussions, will help students in building basic knowledge of African pre-1800 history while, at the same time, also developing reading and writing skills.
Monday/Wednesday: 12.00-1.20 PM
Instructor: Mauro Nobili