Jun 09, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
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HIS 3338 - African Environmental History from Antiquity to 1500 (3)

When Offered: Spring
Beginning with methodological and theoretical approach within the belief that “Africa’s environmental history is written on its landscape,” the course visits the challenges of studying pre-literate societies, where the environmental study itself produces a spectacular answer to the dearth of written account. This course examines the interaction between people and natural phenomena and it addresses such questions as what influenced the settlement patterns and development of diverse cultures in different regions of Africa. The origin of human civilization in Africa as the “accepted cradle of mankind” is explored in detail using visual materials, primary and secondary sources.