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Brief Historical Background HIST 372 Foreign Aid in Africa                                       14/10/2011 08:29:00 What we think about pre-colonial Africa: Images and Realities Primitive technology Chaos and insecurity everywhere not really, these were diff nations  (tribes) Isolation and ignorance Military parity until 19 th  century Core areas of power frontiers of insecurity Slaves as ‘outsiders’ Africans as producers and consumers o Producers of commodities, not just slave, ivory, etc1  more o World African Company o Textiles shaped by African consumer demand At some point Africa was opened up to free trade and technology was able  to advance. Technologically superiority does not equal  biological superiority Societies are primarily hierarchical To say that all men are created equal was really something novel. There were certain African states that took advantage of the free trade  opportunities Merry Africa – so maybe everything wasn’t great before the slave trade. Always was outsiders captured and turned to slaves.
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This note was uploaded on 10/14/2011 for the course AFRC 372 taught by Professor Cassanelli during the Spring '11 term at UPenn.

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