West Africa Summary

Everything you need to understand or teach West Africa.

  • 8 Encyclopedia Articles

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The West Africa Study Pack contains:

Encyclopedia Articles (8)

15,433 words, approx. 52 pages
Studying Family Structure. The study of the family from an historically informed perspective is a challenging exercise. Indeed, concepts of the social unit known as the family have varied widely from ... Read more
26,384 words, approx. 88 pages
Historiographical Context. Western-influenced scholars often divide West African history into "precolonial," "colonial," and "postcolonial" periods. Others divide it into "traditional" and "modern" er... Read more
13,707 words, approx. 46 pages
Independent and Interdependent. The circumstances that affected the state of science, technology, and health before and during the period 500 to 1590 C.E. in West Africa include both independent and i... Read more
1,641 words, approx. 6 pages
Circa 4 Million-1 Million B.C.E. Circa 1.5 Million-200,000 B.C.E. Circa 1,000,000-10,000 B.C.E. Circa 250,000 B.C.E. Circa 40,000 B.C.E. Circa 8000 B.C.E. 5000 B.C.E. Circa 4000-3500 B.C.E. Circa 300... Read more
7,596 words, approx. 26 pages
West African History. The recorded history of West Africa is largely devoted to powerful empires and the deeds of their rulers. Little of the information in these sources is directly related to the ev... Read more
13,757 words, approx. 46 pages
Contemporary Icons. Popularized by Africanists and African historians since the 1960s as a sequential triad of trade-based empires, ancient Ghana, Mali, and Songhai have become icons of African histor... Read more
16,947 words, approx. 57 pages
The "Bright Age." While Europe was going through the Dark Ages and Middle Ages and then entering its Renaissance, West Africa was in its "Bright Age." The thriving kingdom of Ghana, founded near the S... Read more
7,238 words, approx. 25 pages
Geographical Challenges. To maintain itself and benefit its constituency, a successful state system has to overcome challenges from its natural geography over a sustained period of time. An understand... Read more