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CHAPTER 6: TRANS-SAHARAN TRADE AND THE KINGDOM OF ANCIENT GHANA QUESTIONS AND EX
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CHAPTER 6: TRANS-SAHARAN TRADE AND THE KINGDOM OF ANCIENT GHANA
QUESTIONS AND EXERCISES
Discuss the development of trans-Saharan trade up to 1200 CE. Explain the importance of the camel to the expansion of long-distance trading networks. What was the impact of the trade on societies north and south of the Sahara in this period?
How do you account for the rise of the kingdom of ancient Ghana? Which do you think was more important to the wealth and power of the kingdom’s rulers: the gold trade or the agricultural production of the subject population? What factors seem to have led to the decline of the kingdom in the 12th and 13th centuries?
After reading the works and documents presented in Additional Debate for Chapter 6, p.93, explain, with evidence, whether or not, and why, you are convinced by Fisher and Conrad’s arguments. If you agree that Ibn Khaldun may have got it wrong, why do you think this may have been?