African Diaspora

  1.  Compare and contrast the African presence in TWO Old World regions (Europe, Middle East, India) in the early modern period. Discuss the fundamental features of the two experiences and point out the existence of meaningful exceptions to general patterns.
  2. Compare and contrast the African experience in TWO New World regions (North America, Mexico, Brazil, and Caribbean). Discuss the fundamental features of the two experiences and point out the existence of meaningful exceptions to general patterns.
  3. What did Africans do in the Greco-Roman world? How did Greco-Romans perceive Africans?
  4. Discuss the African presence in the medieval and early modern Middle East in relation to slavery and the slave trade: discuss commercial routes, the institution of slavery under Islamic Law, different typologies of captivity, and the overall legacy of the phenomenon.
  5. Discuss the local and international conditions that led to the emergence of African slave armies in early modern India, and the experience of enslavement. Illustrate your reasoning by pointing at specific experiences.
  6. Discuss the historical developments that led to the emergence and the growth of the Atlantic slave trade.
  7. Discuss the Atlantic slave trade. Map out the entire process, identify key origins and destinations, identify the historical agents involved in it, and explain how Africans resisted and coped with their forced relocation.
  8. Offer an overview of the different experiences of collective resistance to slavery in the Americas.
  9. Discuss the phenomenon of repatriation to Africa in the 18th and 19th century.
  10. Regarding Brazil and Mexico, compare and contrast the social life and identity of Africans and Black Creoles.
  11. A famous historian of slavery argued that in the Atlantic world slaves were “socially dead” in that they were treated as “non-persons” and could not entertain social relations. Considering what you have learned about the slavery in the Atlantic, do you agree with the notion? Explain why.
  12. Discuss the local and international pre-conditions and causes of the slave rebellions in Brazil.

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