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World History Volume 1, to 1500

Application and Reflection Questions

World History Volume 1, to 1500Application and Reflection Questions

Application and Reflection Questions

1 .
How might the history of Africa have been different if the Sahara did not exist and the savanna region extended up to the Mediterranean coast?
2 .
Which African groups likely benefited most from the spread of new belief systems during the Middle Ages? Which probably benefited least? In both cases, why?
3 .
How did trade connect West Africa to a wider network that included Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East? What did this mean for the development of the region?
4 .
What evidence do we have of the wealth and power of the medieval kingdoms in southern Africa? Why are these kingdoms important?
5 .
Compare the territory of Songhai to that of Ghana and Mali. Why are the three empires oriented differently and different in size?
6 .
How were the Almoravid and Almohad movements both reformist and reactionary?
7 .
In what ways were the Bantu kingdoms of Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe similar and dissimilar to the West African Sahelian kingdoms?
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