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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2006

HIS 317N • Colonialism in Africa, 1880-1960-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40390 -TBA


Course Description

This is an introductory course that explores the complex history of the European Colonization of Africa. The course will examine the increasingly rapid incorporation of Africa into a Western-dominated world by focusing on African responses to the processes of colonial rule, economic subordination, and "cultural imperialism." Rather than attempt to provide a comprehensive chronological overview of the entire continent, this course will focus on broad integrative themes and representative case studies upon which students can build an understanding of African history. The course will explore the destructive events of colonization in Africa; identify the relation and significance of race, gender, and class in explaining the construction of Africa's colonial history; examine the nature and contributions of European missionaries and settlers; assess the impact of African nationalism in the 20th Century; weight the relative merits of reform vs. revolution in the formation of a Post-Colonial African continent; and identify how the Western world consciously recreates images of Africa that are often negative and irrational. This course will examine all of these issues through our readings, discussions, lectures, written assignments, map and geography quizzes, debates, and media presentations.

Grading Policy

The following requirements are outlined in three parts: Attendance and Participation - (25%) (5) Map quizzes of colonial Africa - (25%) (3) Five page response papers to the readings - (25%) (1) Final Take-Home Exam 8 to 10 pages - (25%)


John Iliffe, Africans: The History of a Continent Robert J.C. Young, Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture, and Race Kristin Mann and Richard Roberts, Law in Colonial Africa Keletso E. Atkins, The Moon is Dead! Give Us Our Money! (Natal, South Africa) Patrick Harries, Work, Culture, and Identity (Mozambique and South Africa) Judith A. Byfield, The Bluest Hands (Nigeria) Bill Bravman, Making Ethnic Ways (Kenya) Myron Echenberg, Black Death, White Medicine (Senegal) Alan H. Jeeves and Jonathan Crush, White Farms, Black Labor (Southern Africa) Monica M. van Beusekom, Negotiating Development (Niger) Robert H. Bates, V.Y. Mudimbe, and Jean O'Barr, Africa and the Disciplines


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