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HIS 128 - African History to 1600 - Professor Christolyn Williams: Getting Started

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GETTING STARTED 

Considerations: 

  • "No single periodizaton" (Middleton, New Encyclopedia of Africa) of African history. This means the European/Colonial way of looking at history by century may not apply.  According to historian Ihediwa Nkemjika Chimee, you might instead explore: 
    • languages
    • religions
    • philosophies
    • cosmology
    • arts & aesthetics,
    • music & dance,
    • warfare,
    • architectures,
    • farming,
    • astrology,
    • rituals,
    • navigation,
    • crafts & industries.
       
  • Challenges of Historical Record, myth and mystery (Kingdoms of Africa Video). Your research might go beyond "History" shelf. 
     
  • Eurocentric Re-telling of the History of Civilization ("Black Athena" theory - Martin Bernal). Therefore, a lack of scholarly focus in Historical Canon?

 

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