WORLD HISTORY

  • EARLY CENTRES OF CIVILISATION
    WORLD HISTORY

    EARLY CENTRES OF CIVILISATION

    Introduction Nigeria has not produced evidence of remains of man or man-like creatures such as living between one and three million years ago in Eastern and Southern Africa. However, archaeological evidences from various parts of Nigeria, suggest that parts of the country had been settled by man since the Paleolithic or Old Stone Age period: 500,000 – 900,000. Early man in Nigeria developed tools which consist of pebbles fashioned for chopping and cutting tools. Archaeologists call such tools oldowan type tools. This is because these types of tools were first discovered at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania. These evidences were specifically found in Bornu. Archaeological evidence show that early man in…

  • THE SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA
    DIPLOMATIC HISTORY,  ECONOMIC HISTORY,  WORLD HISTORY

    THE SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA

    The Europeans had frequented the coasts of West Africa since the fifteenth century and established settlements along the coast in order to facilitate trade, in particular the transatlantic slave trade. There was, however, little interest in driving colonisation inland before the 1870s except in the Cape region (South Africa) and in Algeria that the French had turned into a settler colony, i.e. a colony where waves of European migrants often violently dispossessed the inhabitants of their lands. Forty years later, the situation would be radically different; in 1910, only Liberia and Ethiopia escaped European rule. What were the reasons behind Europe’s Scramble for Africa and why did it happen so…

  • THE HISTORICAL ANTECEDENT OF THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT IN WEST AFRICA
    ECONOMIC HISTORY,  WORLD HISTORY

    THE HISTORICAL ANTECEDENT OF THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT IN WEST AFRICA

    The land of West Africa consists of contrasting kinds of physical environment. The forest environment differs from the savanna environment, a mountainous area from a flat lowland area, riverine area from one away from a river, an area with predominantly sandy soils from one with predominantly loamy soils. Each kind of physical environment presents a peculiar set of problems or challenges which must be solved if people are to survive on the land. A farmer, for example, should take the physical characteristics of the land into serious consideration and devise suitable methods to ensure that he gets good results. He would probably perish or live a very simple and miserable…

  • SEROLOGY AS A SOURCE OF AFRICAN HISTORY
    WORLD HISTORY

    SEROLOGY AS A SOURCE OF AFRICAN HISTORY

    Serology is the branch of medicine concerned with the study of blood types. It deals with the blood serum components that protect the blood against diseases.   ADVANTAGES OF SEROLOGY Human blood varies in composition from one person to another in the sense that some genes present in some people in some people are absent in others. For that matter people can be categorized according to their blood groups. It is therefore possible that adequate knowledge of a predominant blood type in another area or region should be able to establish some kind of hypothesis that the people of region A must have formed part of region B. Belonging to…

  • ARTS FORMS/ARTS HISTORY AS A FORM OF AFRICAN HISTORY
    WORLD HISTORY

    ARTS FORMS/ARTS HISTORY AS A FORM OF AFRICAN HISTORY

    Art history is the study of art forms such as engravings, paintings, carvings and sculpture on stone surface, tombs, slabs or walls of caves, palaces and shrines.   ADVANTAGES OF ART HISTORY Activities of human beings: Arts forms or history helps to discover the economic activities, religious beliefs, culture and political power a group of people had in the past. For instance, the art works found in the Tassili Caves suggest that the dry areas of North Africa might not have been as dry in the past as they are today. Eating Habits: Paintings of food crops found in the tombs in the Sahara give impressions that the early inhabitants…

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