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Ch 17: Early African Civilizations

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Watch video lessons and learn about African cultures, ancient African cities and more. The quizzes that follow each of the lessons can help you gauge your comprehension of the materials.

Early African Civilizations - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

When you watch the video lessons in the Early African Civilizations chapter, you could increase your knowledge of the rise and fall of African kingdoms as well as Africa's climates and economies. The information in this chapter could also help you to understand:

  • The Muslim states
  • The Stateless Society
  • The Kush, Egyptian and Axum civilizations

Video Objective
Hunter-Gatherers and Stateless Societies in Africa Learn about Africa's hunting and gathering societies.
The Rise of Muslim States in Africa Explore the Muslim states of Africa.
Africa's First Civilizations: Egypt, Kush and Axum Explain the climate and its effect on where the African people settled.
African Cultures: Ghana, Mali and Songhai Study the kings and economies of these cultures.
Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations and the Stateless Society Explain the Stateless Society.
Society and Culture in Early Africa Read about education and the role of women in Africa.
The Rise and Fall of the Axum Kingdom in Africa Explain what transpired during the rise and fall of the Axum kingdom.
Ancient Trade Cities on Africa's East Coast Identify early Africa's eastern trade cities.
Southern Africa, Great Zimbabwe and the Gold Trade Discover how the gold trade contributed to the development of nations such as Zimbabwe.

9 Lessons in Chapter 17: Early African Civilizations
Hunter-Gatherers & Stateless Societies in Africa

1. Hunter-Gatherers & Stateless Societies in Africa

In this lesson, you will explore other forms of culture in ancient Africa that were not kingdoms or empires. These societies rejected the idea of a central government. Then you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Rise of Muslim States in Africa

2. The Rise of Muslim States in Africa

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of Islam in Africa and discover how Muslim states grew in size and power. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Africa's First Civilizations: Egypt, Kush & Axum

3. Africa's First Civilizations: Egypt, Kush & Axum

In this lesson, you will explore the history of three of the first great civilizations of Africa: Egypt, Kush, and Axum. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

4. African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

In this lesson, we learn about the three premier empires of the pre-colonial period in West Africa: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai, who all profited tremendously from the trans-Saharan gold trade.

Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations & the Stateless Society

5. Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations & the Stateless Society

In this lesson, we will discuss some of the characteristics of ancient West Africa. We will focus especially on the Bantu migrations, the stateless society, and the city of Jenne-jeno.

Society & Culture in Early Africa

6. Society & Culture in Early Africa

In this lesson, you will explore some of the many sort of societies and cultures that have existed in Africa across time. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Rise & Fall of the Axum Kingdom in Africa

7. The Rise & Fall of the Axum Kingdom in Africa

In this lesson, you will explore the history of the powerful African kingdom of Axum and discover how the international economy affected both its rise and decline. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Ancient Trade Cities on Africa's East Coast

8. Ancient Trade Cities on Africa's East Coast

In this lesson, you will explore the rich history of the trading cities that dominated the East Coast of Africa and controlled vast international markets. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Southern Africa, Great Zimbabwe & the Gold Trade

9. Southern Africa, Great Zimbabwe & the Gold Trade

In this lesson, you will explore the history of Southern Africa and the significance of major cities like Zimbabwe to ancient trade networks. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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