Wisdom from the Greeks

*Socrates the philosopher*
Keep this in mind the next time you are about to repeat a rumor or spread gossip. In ancient Greece (469 – 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day an acquaintance ran up to him excitedly and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about Diogenes?” “Wait a moment,” Socrates replied, “Before you tell me Id like you to pass a little test. Its called the Triple Filter Test.” “Triple filter?” asked the acquaintance. “Thats right,” Socrates continued, “Before you talk to me about Diogenes lets take a moment to filter what youre going to say. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?” “No,” the man said, “Actually I just heard about it.” “All right,” said Socrates, “So you dont really know if its true or not. Now lets try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about Diogenes something good?” “No, on the contrary…” “So,” Socrates continued, “You want to tell me something about Diogenes that may be bad, even though youre not certain its true?” The man shrugged, a little embarrassed. Socrates continued, “You may still pass the test though, because there is a third filter, the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about Diogenes going to be useful to me?” “No, not really.” “Well,” concluded Socrates, “If what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even Useful, why tell it to me or anyone at all?” The man was bewildered and ashamed. This is an example of why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem. *It also explains why Socrates never found out that Diogenes was humping his wife*

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African History (Pre-Colonial and Colonial days)

SHOW HOW THE DEVELOPMENT OF TRADE BROUGHT POLITICAL

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suppression of the slave trade

the beginning of the European partition of Africa

The development and importance of house system in the transition from slave trade to legitimate trade

the flag followed the cross

the maji maji rising and ndebele shona uprising

to what extent were missionaries successful in Buganda

TRACE THE ORIGINS

what were concessionary companies

why did the British adopt a policy of Indirect rule in Northern Nigeria and parts of other colonies

Why did the efforts of Samori Touré to resist the European conquest of his territory fail

why did the partition of Africa occur in the last quarter of the 19th century and not before

Why was Buganda the most powerful interlacustrine state in East Africa

Why was King Leopold

Why was Samouri Toure able to resist the French invasion for so long and why was he defeated

WHY WAS THE BERLIN WEST AFRICA CONFERENCE CALLED IN 1884

WHY WERE EUROPEAN GOVERNMENTS MORE WILLING TO SUPPORT IMPERIALIST POLICIES IN THE LATER YEARS OF THE 19TH CENTURY

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~$y did the British adopt a policy of Indirect rule in Northern Nigeria and parts of other colonies

african independent churches

African religious responses to colonialism – Copy

ANALYZE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE HOUSE SYSTEM AND ANALYZE ITS IMPORTANCE IN THE STATES OF THE NIGER DELTA

ASSESS THE CONTRIBUTION OF TEWODROS II TO THE REVIVAL OF ETHIOPIA

colonial rule and missionaries

compare and contrast sokoto and mandinka

Compare and Contrast the Maji

compare and contrast umar and the mahdi

compare maji-maji and ndebele

Contrast and compare the organizations of Mandinka and Oyo state

describe the methods used by Chaka to build and expand the Zulu kingdom

developments in trade

difference between assimilation and association – Copy

Discuss the career and assess the achievement of Menelik II as the ruler of Ethiopia

DISCUSS THE CAREER AND ASSESS THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF MENELIK II AS RULER OF ETHIOPIA

DISCUSS THE VIEW THAT

effects of missionary work

explain the growth of African independent churches

EXPLAIN WITH EXAMPLES

formal and informal empires

HOW AND WHY WERE DAHOMEY AND THE NIGER DELTA STATES ABLE TO MAKE THE TRANSITION FROM THE SLAVE TRADE QUICKLY AND SUCCESSFULLY

HOW SUCCESSFUL WERE THE SOUTHERN NIGERIAN PRODUCERS OF VEGETABLE PRODUCTS

IDENTIFY THE FACTORS THAT ENABLED SAMOURI TOURE TO BUILD THE MANDINKA EMPIRE AND ANALYZE THE MAIN FEATURES OF HIS STATE

king Leopold’s actions

ngoni invasions

Non economic factors were of little importance in bringing about the scramble for Africa

ONE OF THE 19TH CENTURY GREATEST FIGURES

Outline the careers and show the importance in African history of any two of the following

question on prempe I of Asante – Copy

question on prempe I of Asante

Question on tewodros

question on trans-atlantic slave trade

question on trans-atlantic slave trade2

reasons and methods for the abolition of the slave trade

resistance to colonial encroachment

samouri’s resistance

African History E Books

Zulu – Saul David

West African Kingdoms Empires Of Gold and Trade (Ancient Civilizations)

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Warrior People Of East Africa 1840-1900

Vandals, Romans and Berbers New Perspectives on Late Antique North Africa

Uvin – Aiding Violence; the Development Enterprise in Rwanda (1998)

Trade and Empire in the Atlantic

Themes in West African History

The Washing Of The Spears – Donald R Morris

The Turning Point in Africa British Colonial Policy 1938-48

The Tragic State of Congo From Decolonization to Dictatorship

The Strategy of Antelopes Rwanda After the Genocide

The Soviet Union in the Horn of Africa The Diplomacy of Intervention and Disengagement (Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies)

The Congo Wars Conflict, Myth and RealityThe Decolonization of Africa

The End of Barbary Terror Americas 1815 War against the Pirates of North Africa

The First Helicopter War Logistics and Mobility in Algeria, 1954-1962

The Great Boer War

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The Great Power Struggle in East Asia, 1944-50 Britain, America and Post-War Rivalry (Global Conflict and Security Since 1945)

The History of Northern Africa (The Britannica Guide to Africa)

The Hot Cold War The USSR in Southern Africa

The Italian Invasion of Abyssinia 1935-36

The limits of humanitarian intervention genocide in Rwanda

The New South Africa

the Rise of the Atlantic Slave Trade

The Cambridge History of Africa (1905-1940)

The Boer Wars 1898-1902

The Boer Wars 1836-98

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The Boer War South Africa 1899-1902 (Battles and Histories)

The Boer War

The Boer War Historiography and Annotated Bibliography (Bibliographies of Battles and Leaders)

Stearns – Dancing in the Glory of Monsters; the Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa (2011)

South Africa in World History

South Africa at war White power and the crisis in southern Africa

Researching Conflict in Africa Insights And Experiences

Revolutionary Path

Rorkes Drift 1879 Pinned like rats in a hole

Reid – A History of Modern Africa, 1800 to the Present, 2nd ed. (2012)

Peterson – Me against My Brother at War in Somalia, Sudan, and Rwanda (2000)

Pears – Remnants of Empire in Algeria and Vietnam; Women, Words, and War (2004)

Great battles Spion Kop. The Second Boer War

Congo Exploration, Reform, and a Brutal Legacy (Exploration of Africa, the Emerging Nations.)

Atlantic History – A Critical

Atlas of African-American History, Revised Edition

Copper Empire Mining and the Colonial State in Northern Rhodesia, c.1930-64 (Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies)

How Colonialism Preempted Modernity in Africa

HRW – The Curse of Gold; Democratic Republic of Congo (2005)

Daily Lives of Civilians in Wartime Africa From Slavery Days to Rwandan Genocide

Black Death AIDS in Africa

Pacification in Algeria, 1956-1958

Glassman – War of Words, War of Stones; Racial Thought and Violence in Colonial Zanzibar (2011)

Colenso 1899 The Boer War in Natal

Algeria (Africa Continent in the Balance)

African History: A Very Short Introduction, John Parker & Richard Rathbone

Canada, the Congo Crisis, and UN Peacekeeping, 1960-64

Gender and Decolonization in the Congo The Legacy of Patrice Lumumba

Orji – Ethnic and Religious Conflict in Africa (2008)

Nigeria 1880 To the Present The Struggle, the Tragedy, the Promise (Exploration of Africa the Emerging Nations)

Frontiersmen Warfare In Africa Since 1950 (Warfare and History)

Cambridge History of Africa

Africa and Africans

A History of Modern Africa 1800 to the Present, 2nd Edition (Blackwell Concise History of the Modern World)

Butler – Copper Empire (2007)

Eyes to the South French Anarchists & Algeria

New Encyclopedia of Africa

Mohamed Fekini and the Fight to Free Libya (Italian and Italian American Studies)

Ethiopia in the Modern World (Explorations of Africa)

British Infantryman in South Africa 1877-81

British Infantryman in South Africa 1877-81 (2)

Borstelmann – Apartheid’s Reluctant Uncle; the United States and Southern Africa in the Early Cold War (1993)

Boer War 1899-1902

Boer Commando 1876-1902

Dutch and Portuguese in Western Africa Empires, Merchants and the Atlantic System, 1580-1674 (Atlantic World)

Empires of Medieval West Africa Ghana Mali Songhay

Empires of Medieval West Africa Ghana, Mali, and Songhay

Encyclopedia of African History

Medieval Africa, 1250-1800 – Roland Oliver & Anthony Atmore

Medieval Africa, 1250 – 1800

Imagining the Congo The International Relations of Identity

Ian Knight – The Zulu War 1879 (Essential Histories #56)

REASONS FOR AND THE RESULTS OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF RAILWAYS IN EITHER WEST OR EAST AFRICA

  1. The British wanted their presence to be felt.
  2. Strategic reasons- transport of goods,
  3. benefit Europeans traders,
  4. boost the economy,
  5. further exploit African resources (sisal coffee),
  6. moving troops into the interior.
  7. The Germans wanted opportunities for trade.

Results

  1. Transport immigrant settlers,
  2. steady source of revenue,
  3. communications improved,
  4. able to supply sea ports,
  5. helped the flow of money e.g. Uganda. Successful in coffee

 

A level history Tropical Africa 2001 9021/13

  1. Why did the slave trade and domestic slavery persist in both East and West Africa well into second half of the 19th century?
  2. Assess the achievements of the Creoles in West Africa and explain the changed British attitude towards them after 1890.
  3. Analyze the reasons for, and the results of, the Ngoni invasions of Central and East Africa.
  4. Explain the warfare and unstable conditions in Yorubaland in this period with specific reference to the role of Ibadan.
  5. Why was the Berlin West Africa Conference called in 1884? What were the results of its decisions for the colonial powers and for Africa?
  6. Account for the growth of independent African Churches in this period and assess their achievements.
  7. Why did Africans generally respond more favourably and more readily to Islam than to Christian missionaries in many colonial territories in tropical Africa?
  8. Explain why the British invaded Asante in 1896 and why the Asante did not resist.
  9. Why, and with what results before 1914, did the colonial powers build railways in either East Africa or Central Africa?
  10. When and why did the French replace their policy of ‘assimilation’ by that of ‘association’? How did the latter differ from the former?

A level history Tropical Africa 9021/13 1998

  1. Why was the transition from the slave trade to legitimate trade achieved successfully in Dahomey and the Niger Delta states?
  2. Outline the careers and explain the importance in African History of two of the following: Jaja of Opobo; Lewanika, King of the Lozi; Mirambo of the Nyamwezi; Mwanga I of Buganda.
  3. Explain Samouri Toure’s long resistance against the French and his final defeat in 1898.
  4. What were the results for east Africa and its peoples of the establishment of the capital of the Omani sultanate in Zanzibar?
  5. What do you understand by the term ‘informal empire’? When, how and why was this replaced by ‘formal empire’?
  6. Analyze the factors which account for the spread of Islam and Christianity in either East or West Africa between 1885 and 1914.
  7. With reference to the Ndebele-shona Rising and the Maji Maji Rising identify the main features of post-pacification primary resistance movements. Compare and contrast the results of the two risings, both for Africans and the colonial powers.
  8. “Tewodros II, emperor of Ethiopia, was a ruler with a vision.” What was his vision and why did he fail to turn it into reality?
  9. Explain the emergence, and assess the achievements, of nationalist organizations and activities amongst the educated elite in British and French colonies in West Africa before 1914.
  10. When and why did the British adopt the system of Indirect Rule to administer most of their African colonies? What were the strengths and weaknesses of this system?

A level history Tropical Africa 2004 9155/04

  1. Illustrate the extent to which ‘a blend of religion and economics’ enabled Samouri Toure to build the Mandinka state between 1857 and 1881.
  2. Make a critical analysis of the career and achievements of Tippu Tip.
  3. What were the aims of Tewodros II when he came to power? How successful was he in his attempts to achieve them?
  4. Show how and why Buganda collaborated with the British between 1875 and 1914.
  5. Give reasons for the establishment of Chartered Companies in East Africa at the time of the Partition. Why did they fail?
  6. Why did some African leaders accept Christian missionaries into their territories while others resisted them during this period? Illustrate your answer with specific examples.
  7. “To protest against colonial rule before 1914 in Central Africa, Africans turned to religion rather than politics” do you agree?
  8. Assess the impact of communications in both East and West Africa before 1914.
  9. Analyze the nature and extent to which the policy of Assimilation was pursued by Britain in her West African colonies during this period.
  10. How far is the term ‘nationalism’ a valid description of the political activities of the educated elite in West Africa before 1914?