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Dear Colleagues, Next semester I will join a historian of Ancient Rome and a historian of the Andes in team-teaching an introductory-level, undergraduate course called "comparative premodern empires." My contribution is supposed to be the big empires of the West African savanna (Ghana, Mali, Songhay), which will be compared with the Romans and the Incas. I have not taught this material in a long time and could use some help. First, can anyone recommend a (preferably short) relevant textbook? Of course I can take sections from more comprehensive textbooks, but I'm wondering if there is anything more tightly focused out there. Second, what other readings would you suggest for undergraduates who have no background in African history and are considering large, early West African states specifically in the context of comparative empires? Sundiata seems like an obvious choice, but what else? Ibn Batutta I suppose, but are there other, compelling primary sources that work well with students? Thanks very much for any help you can offer! Lisa Lindsay -- Lisa A. Lindsay Associate Professor Department of History University of North Carolina CB #3195 Chapel Hill, NC 27599 --