HIS 382L • Imperialism and Globalization: Africa
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
The seminar will explore the major themes and controversies in the African experience of imperialism and globalization. The class will open with the complexity of the integration of Africa into European modernity, and conclude with reflections on the postcolonial conditions, with considerable attention to postcolonial theories and their relevance to Africa. The aim is for students to be involved in the many interpretations that scholars have given to African societies during the colonial era. A number of key literature will be selected on the following major themes: 1) background to nineteenth century Africa before the colonial conquest; 2) the origins and capacities of European expansion; 3) African reactions and resistance to that expansion; 4) the politics and economics of colonialism; 5) the effects of the First and the Second World Wars on the colonial system; 6) nationalist movements and the drive to independence; 7) the effects of colonialism on identity, philosophy and culture; and 8) the postcolonial experience in the context of globalization.
1. This is a research seminar. We are united in the first segment as we read a set of books; and research-focused as students pursue original research ideas. 2. Reading is focused: (a) two students prepare comprehensive/big questions ahead of class; (b) we discuss the questions as a group; (c) we end the class with an overall reflections.
Some texts Barbara Harlow and Mia Carter, eds., Archives of Empire, 11, The Scramble for Africa (Duke University Press, 2003), ISBN 0-8223-3189-6 David Northrup Africa's Discovery of Europe, 1450-1850 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002) ISBN 0 19 514084 2 Adu Boahen, African Perspectives of Colonialism (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1987) ISBN 0 8018 3931 9 H. S. Wilson, African Decolonization (London: Edward Arnold, 1994) ISBN 0-340-55929-2 Falola, Falola, Nationalism and African Intellectuals (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2001) ISBN 1 58046 085 2 H. L. Wesseling, Divide and Rule: the Partition of Africa, 1880-1914 (Westport, CT: Praeger, 1996) paper 0 275 95138 3 Frederick Cooper, Africa since 1940: The Past of the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2002)