Problems in African History
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Course Information from the University Catalog
Analysis of selected problems in African history. Emphasis on reading and discussion of historical interpretations and development of bibliography.
May be repeated for credit when topic is different.
Section Information from the Schedule of Classes for Fall 2010
Problems in African History: Indian Ocean Worlds —
Thomas Franklin McDow
07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W — Fine Arts Building B212
This course introduces the history of the Indian Ocean region in the modern period. In the tradition of Ferdinand Braudel’s scholarship on the Mediterranean Sea and others’ more recent work on the Atlantic World, the course examines linkages between coastal society, oceanic travel, and inland empires of the Indian Ocean World. Course readings will strike a balance between larger trans-Indian Ocean trends and local histories focusing on both the broad sweep of world history and sub regional historiographies in Africa, Arabia, and South Asia. Topics will include port cities and hinterlands; trade Diasporas, Islam, slavery, migration, and eras of globalization.