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January 2017

Religous organisation of the Great Zimbabwe State

By |2017-01-25T18:36:23+02:00January 25th, 2017|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

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ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: Great Zimbabwe state (Kingdom): Religous organisation of the Great Zimbabwe State

  • The Great Zimbabwe people were very religious
  • Spirit mediums of the state were chosen from any class and this fostered unity among the people
  • The Hungwe bird […]

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Social organisation of the Great Zimbabwe State

By |2017-01-25T18:18:59+02:00January 25th, 2017|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

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ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: Great Zimbabwe state (Kingdom): Social organisation of the Great Zimbabwe State

  • During its first stages of development, the state was egalitarian
  • However with population growth and expansion social classes emerged with the ruling classes exploiting the lower classes
  • The ruling class […]

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Political Organisation of the Great Zimbabwe State

By |2017-01-25T18:38:43+02:00January 25th, 2017|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

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ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: Great Zimbabwe state (Kingdom): Political Organisation of the Great Zimbabwe State

  • The king ruled the state and was helped to rule by his relatives,
  • the Great wives and others selected for exhibiting high levels of allegiance and loyalty
  • […]


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The purpose of the Great Zimbabwe structures

By |2017-01-25T18:03:00+02:00January 25th, 2017|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

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ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: Great Zimbabwe state (Kingdom): The purpose of the Great Zimbabwe structures

  • The uses of the Great Zimbabwe structure has been the subject of much speculation
  • Some experts have tried to come up with a list of plausible uses […]

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The structure of Great Zimbabwe:

By |2017-01-25T17:57:18+02:00January 25th, 2017|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

Great Zimbabwe Ruins

ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: Great Zimbabwe state (Kingdom): The structure of Great Zimbabwe

  • The structure is found in south-east Zimbabwe near Masvingo
  • The Shona name for the ruins is Dzimbabwe (variations of the name include Dzimbahwe, Zimboa/Symbaoe[Portuguese sources])
  • The names means ‘houses of stone’ or ‘house of stone’
  • It was […]

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September 2015

Reasons for the Fall of the Great Zimbabwe State

By |2017-01-17T11:17:39+02:00September 21st, 2015|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

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The Great Zimbabwe ruins. Image credit Afrizim.com ZIMSEC History O Level Notes: The Great Zimbabwe State: Reasons for the Fall of the Great Zimbabwe State

There are several reasons why the Great Zimbabwe State/Kingdom fell viz:

  • Civil wars
  • The rise of ambitious leaders who oppressed the […]

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Reasons for the rise of the Great Zimbabwe state

By |2017-01-17T11:17:45+02:00September 16th, 2015|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

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Cattle grazing. Image credit nature.org ZIMSEC History O Level Notes: Great Zimbabwe: Reasons for the rise of the Great Zimbabwe state
  • There are several reasons for the rise of the Great Zimbabwe state:
  • Rich soils- the availability of rich agricultural soils. The black and red soils around the Great […]

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The economic activities of Great Zimbabwe

By |2017-01-17T11:17:46+02:00September 16th, 2015|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

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Iron age tools. Image credit ct.gov ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: Great Zimbabwe: The economic activities of Great Zimbabwe

Economic activities carried out at Great Zimbabwe

  • The people at Great Zimbabwe engaged in a variety of economic activities including:
  • hunting
  • gathering
  • mining
  • the paying and receiving of tribute
  • pottery making
  • blacksmithing (ironworks)
  • trade […]

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Social groups and crafts practised by the people at Great Zimbabwe

By |2017-01-17T11:17:46+02:00September 16th, 2015|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

Pottery was practised extensively at Great Zimbabwe. Image credit ghananation.com

Pottery was practised extensively at Great Zimbabwe. Image credit ghananation.com ZIMSEC History O Level Notes: Great Zimbabwe: Social groups and Crafts practised at Great Zimbabwe

Social Groups found within the Great Zimbabwe State

  • fisherman
  • slaves
  • spirit mediums
  • The ruling class
  • miners
  • gatherers
  • sculptors (responsible for building the wall […]

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Reasons for the building of Great Zimbabwe Walls

By |2017-01-17T11:17:47+02:00September 16th, 2015|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

The Great Zimbabwe Walls. Image credit MediaWiki

The Great Zimbabwe Walls. Image credit MediaWiki ZIMSEC O Level History Notes:Great Zimbabwe: Reasons for the Building of the Great Zimbabwe Walls
  1. It was built as a trading center.
  2. It was a Religious center.
  3. It was a dwelling place (for the royal family).
  4. It was a symbol […]

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