Holly Hanson
314 Skinner
538-2094
Hhanson@mtholyoke.edu
Office Hours: Wednesday 2-4, and by appt.
History 140
Africa to 1800
Fall 1997

This course introduces African societies and civilizations of the relatively distant past. We begin with a careful exploration of one African society in about 1800; then move backward to examine developments over long stretches of time in agriculture, technology, economic and political organization, and religion. We conclude by considering the slave trade and its consequences.

Readings for the course are designed not only to answer questions about what happened in the past, but also to provide the means to recognize and appreciate new and possibly unfamiliar systems of logic.

Course Requirements