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Notes on chapter 5-6 (Intro to A. History)

Notes on chapter 5-6 (Intro to A. History) - Hamitic...

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09/07/2011 Introduction to African History Egypt Debates 1) Culture found in the “wrong place/unlikely place” (same with Ethiopia to  a lesser extent) 2) Ancient Egyptians were Africans/Negros (Afrocentric perspective); Hegel  wanted to disassociate Egypt from Africa and said that it belonged to the  Middle East (Because if you say Egypt is a part of Africa, then it destroys  argument that Africans are uncivilized)  3) Linguistic argument (Greek language stemmed from ancient Egyptians) Beginning of Egypt was 3100 B.C.E, after a union of southern and northern part  of Egypt (king of southern Egypt conquered the northern part and annexed it to  the kingdom) Hamitic race (new invention)-group of people who are neither “negro” nor  Caucasian, but are inter-mixed; Egyptians were considered as a part of the 
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Unformatted text preview: Hamitic race (Black-skinned Caucasians) • Diop- from Senegal and educated in France. Wrote many famous books but his most famous was “African Civilization” and in book makes argument that ancient Africans were “negroes” and Grecians were the students of ancient Egyptians • Before 18 th century, it was common for Egyptians to be known as Africans, but after the 18 th century to the 19 th , the idea of “race” took prevalence and changed that view drastically. • Herod’s daughters called Egypt “the gift of the Nile”, and the only source of water for Egypt is from the Nile and 85% of the river is in Ethiopia (as long as there is rain in Ethiopia, Egypt is happy because it is flat land, fertile soil, etc)...
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