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

Spring 2010


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Course Description

The seminar will explore the major themes and controversies in the African experience of imperialism, globalization and insertion into World History. The class will open with the complexity of the integration of Africa into European/Western 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 the last quarter of the nineteenth century. 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 and world history.


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)


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