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The Fortunes of Africa

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CourseGraphic For ages, Africa has been the source of fabulous wealth for others, yet seldom for its own people.  In this study group we will read and discuss a sweeping epic covering 5,000 years of African history, following the fortunes of Africa from the Pharaohs to modern times. Our guide is The Fortunes of Africa (Simon & Schuster UK Ltd, 2014) by Martin Meredith, a British author, journalist and Oxford University researcher who has written extensively about Africa. This is a vast and vivid panorama of history that tells the history of the entire continent of Africa. Framed around five broad themes — exploration, trade, slavery, conquest and religion – the book weaves together stories of travels, trade and geography, highlighting some of the major personalities and events that have shaped its history. In a compelling narrative, Meredith traces the rise and fall of ancient kingdoms and empires, the spread of Christianity and Islam, the enduring quest for gold and other riches, the exploits of explorers and missionaries, the impact of European colonization, and the fate of modern African states. We will cover an average of 50 pages a week. Join us!

Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Tue

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Dennis Carlin2.Ann Rusnak3.Dick Spurgin 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
9/11/2018 - 12/11/2018 Weekly - Tue 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Dick Spurgin  ; Ann Rusnak  ; Dennis Carlin  ClassRoom