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African History to 1800

This course offers an introduction to early African history, focusing on the dynamic cultures and social systems, sophisticated technologies and commercial networks, complex spiritual beliefs and political structures that shaped the continent from earliest times to the 1800s, and that continue to influence events on the continent today. The course's goal is to put the challenges - and accomplishments - of contemporary Africa into historical perspective, paying special attention to the efforts of ordinary men and women to control their destinies in an increasingly interconnected world.

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