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Ch 16: African History: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The African History chapter of this High School World History: Help and Review course is the simplest way to master African history. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials about African history.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering African history material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about African history. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding African political systems, cultures and religions
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about African history
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra history learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the African history chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the African history chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any African history question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an African history unit of a standard high school world history course. Topics covered include:

  • Africa's environments and agricultural adaptation to different environmental zones
  • How kinship relations affect political systems
  • Similarities and differences between African religions
  • Pastoralism and agriculture in Africa
  • Bantu migration and the stateless society in ancient West Africa
  • Church support for the Solomonid dynasty in Ethiopia
  • Impact of trans-Saharan trade on West African Sudanic states
  • Cultures of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai
  • Establishment of small city-states on the east coast of Africa
  • Links between the Indian Ocean economy and Central and Southern African states

10 Lessons in Chapter 16: African History: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Africa's Environments: Zones & Agricultural Adaptation

1. Africa's Environments: Zones & Agricultural Adaptation

In this lesson, we explore several of the largest ecosystems of Africa and the agriculture that is practiced in each. Let's take a look at a landscape which is as diverse as the continent itself. After you've watched the video, see what you've learned by testing yourself with our quiz questions.

Kinship Relations & Political Systems in Africa

2. Kinship Relations & Political Systems in Africa

In this lesson, we will explore kinship groups, specifically their role in communities in Africa, in addition to their role in Africa's pre-colonial political systems.

Religious Systems of Africa: Similarities & Differences

3. Religious Systems of Africa: Similarities & Differences

In this lesson, we explore the multifaceted religious systems present in Africa, from the indigenous religions, which still influence many on the continent, to Islam and Christianity, which many adhere to today.

The Spread of Pastoralism and Agriculture in Africa

4. The Spread of Pastoralism and Agriculture in Africa

In this lesson we discover the key differences between pastoralism and agriculture and explore the diffusion of these two practices in the history of Africa.

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.

Ethiopia's Solomonic Dynasty & Church Support

6. Ethiopia's Solomonic Dynasty & Church Support

In this lesson we explore the beginning of the Solomonic Dynasty in Ethiopia and some of the key characteristics which led it its friendly relations with Christian European nations.

Trans-Saharan Trade & West African Sudanic States

7. Trans-Saharan Trade & West African Sudanic States

In this lesson we explore the beginning, height, and decline of the trans-Saharan trade and the various states in West Africa which thrived off the trade.

African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

8. 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.

Establishment of Small City-States on Africa's East Coast

9. Establishment of Small City-States on Africa's East Coast

In this lesson, we explore the development of small city-states along Africa's East coast, the trade that sustained them, and their eventual downfall at the hands of European colonizers.

Central & Southern Africa & the Indian Ocean Economy

10. Central & Southern Africa & the Indian Ocean Economy

In this lesson, we explore the migration of the Bantu-speaking peoples into central and southern Africa and the Indian Ocean economy by which city-states along Africa's east coast thrived.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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