HSTAFM 151 A: Africa in the Era of the Atlantic Slave Trade

Spring 2022
Meeting:
TTh 3:30pm - 5:20pm / AND 010
SLN:
15409
Section Type:
Lecture
AUDITORS NOT PERMITTED IN THIS COURSE.
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

HSTAFM 151 | UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON | SPRING 2022

Instructor: Prof. S. Smallwood (ses9@uw.edu)

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AFRICA IN THE ERA OF THE ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE

Course Description: This course will introduce you to the history of Africa from c. 1000 through the end of the nineteenth century. The period encompasses the rise and decline of powerful kingdoms and city-states as well as the proliferation of less hierarchical chiefdoms and “stateless” societies. Another major theme of Africa’s history in this period is engagement with global trade networks that carried things, people, and ideas across the Sahara Desert and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Our period ends with the encroachment of European colonial rule throughout the continent at the close of the nineteenth century. Many of the modern myths about Africa and Africans emerged in this period, and one of our major goals will be to challenge lingering notions that Africa and its peoples are static and unchanging, primitive and simple, and best understood in terms of racial difference.

Catalog Description:
Explores the African past from c. 1400 through the end of the nineteenth century. Uses the emerging evidence of historical, linguistic, and archaeological analysis to think critically about lingering notions that Africa and its peoples are static and unchanging, primitive and simple, and best understood in terms of racial difference.
GE Requirements Met:
Diversity (DIV)
Social Sciences (SSc)
Writing (W)
Credits:
5.0
Status:
Active
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March 2, 2024 - 8:37 am