HIS311 logo Review Topics for Second Exam

So far this semester, we covered the following:

Origins, geography and sources (2 days): Precolonial Africa's role in world history, how African history is "produced," Eurocentrism and Afrocentrism, geographiv characteristics of Africa, climate, proximity to other land masses, sources of African history

Ancient Egypt (2 days): Egypt's role in African and European history, why created a centralized agricultural state in the Nile Valley, chronology of the Old-Middle-New Kingdoms, effect of Hyksos invasion, characteristics of pharaohs, legacy of ancient Egypt, connections between Egypt and the rest of Africa

West African Kingdoms (4 days): Ghana, Mali, Songhay, Kanem-Bornu, Hausa, Oyo, Asante, Benin. Climatic and trading zones. Gold and its exchanges. European impact.

East Africa (2 days): Early sources, Arabs, Persians, Swahili, Kilwa, gold, monsoons.

Central Africa (2 days): Lineage monarchies (Luba), Congo River, Kongo, Portuguese, Gbaye, Douala. Exposure to Europeans/resources encouraged larger, centralized states


Return to the syllabus for HIS311: Africa to 1875 or HIS312: Africa Since 1875